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Ouch…that Hurts! Does Your Parrot Bite?

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Ouch…that Hurts!

Dear Parrot Lover,

How often does your sweet parrot mistake your fingers for his or her own personal chew toy? How many times have you yelped in pain, shocked that your sweet baby could lash out like that?

The sad thing is that as soon as you have been once at least twice by your beloved bird, you slowly start to distrust them. This can eventually lead to socialization issues down the road as ‘gun-shy’ parrot owners tend to reduce the amount of time they spend interacting and playing with their parrot. The flip side to this is that the parrot will take this forced alone time very seriously, and will become increasingly territorial – lashing out and biting at anyone that comes to close to his cage.

Sadly still, is that for the most part, these bites can easily be prevented if a caring parrot owner just took a few minutes to observe the warning signs.

Obviously, things should never get to this point. With a little patience, a parrot that is biting the hand that feeds him can easily become a sweet parrot that yearns to be petted and held.

The easiest way to do this is by simply observing your parrot and taking serious note of their body language. Now, each parrot will have their own unique body language, but there are quite a few common ones that each parrot will display as a warning cue that they are getting ready to bite.

Such body language cues include your parrot pinning his eyes or fluffing out his beautiful feathers. Under no circumstances should you ever ignore these signs. As these are either indicators that your parrot is ill, or that it is uncomfortable and about to lash out at you and bite.

Firstly, never force your parrot to do something that he simply does not want to do. All parrots are strong willed and will view this is an encroachment on their personal freedom. Your parrot will let you know this by biting you.

For example, a parrot that has been inside his cage for days on end without being let out, will bite any hand that comes inside his cage.

The parrot has now become territorial of their cage and will defend it from intrusion.

However, the most common reasons your parrot may bite include:

  • Fear
  • Frustration
  • Reaching Adolescence
  • Molting Feathers
  • Protecting their cage/toys/favorite person
  • Jealousy

If your parrot does bite you, try your best not to cry out, yell, or scold your parrot. These verbal actions will only be seen as comedic antics and you will then teach your parrot that he will be rewarded with a lively show if he bites you. Learning to understand your parrot’s behavior will help you to forge a better, loving and trusting relationship with your parrot that will last for many years to come.

Does your bird bite?

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No need to beat around the bush on this one. If you’ve got a bird who has bitten you at least one time then I know you want to find a solution for that. Bird bites are painful! Not only is the bite painful, but it can actually be of great harm to you if your bird rips your skin, breaks a finger, etc.

Additionally, once a bird begins to bite, most owners become frightened of their own bird. This helps continue the biting cycle as the bird realizes that the idea of biting can control some of what you do. It becomes a vicious cycle.

Why does my bird bite?

You’re probably wondered why your bird is biting you. Every owner does, and you’re not alone. The simple fact is that there many reasons why a bird bites, and it is a normal behavior in parrots. Once you can strip away the details, you can figure out why he is doing it and then how to solve it.

A common reason that a bird may bite is out of fear. This can be directed at you or at other people. His body language and behavior will always give away that he is frightened or feeling threatened in a situation because he may attempt to move away, flap his wings to get away, scream, or make other vocalizations. Biting probably isn’t his first choice, but it may be used.

Other options for biting include feeling threatened and territorial, having a hormone surge, feeling frustrated, or he even may feel protective over someone he has chosen as “his” person!

Click here to read more about why parrots bite!

Undoing the biting

The Bird Tricks training system is one option to learn more about not just parrot biting but also how to solve it. Birding professionals have come up with a parrot biting cheat sheet that helps you identify what kind of biting your bird is actually doing. Then they help you figure out the best course of action to work with it. Additionally, you’ll have access to videos and other materials so that you can learn by watching and then doing.

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Nathalie Roberts

Easy Bird Training

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

When you were a child, you most likely visited the circus at least once and saw the amazing feats of well-trained parrots performing tricks such as playing miniature basketball and riding around on roller-skates.

Now that you are an adult, the idea of having such an amazing pet has led you to purchase or adopt a parrot of your very own. However, more than likely, you may have underestimated the whole ‘training a parrot is easy’ thing.

Indeed, training a parrot to do tricks is just as hard as it is to train a parrot to be well behaved. But you cannot have one without the other. Teaching your parrot proper social cues and behavior first will go a long way in training your parrot to do tricks.

Here is a short and simple list of four of the best parrot training tips:

1. First, the more relaxed and happy a parrot is, the easier it is to train him. So make sure that you leave all your anxiety and stress from work AT work and do not bring it home with you. Parrots are extremely perceptible to the energies of their owners and other people who are around them.

A happy and confident parrot will always remain well behaved and will remember his training cues. However, you will need to first be happy, calm, and confident yourself before you can expect your parrot to be as well. Since parrots easily notice our energies and emotions, make sure you check them at the door before interacting with your parrot on any level. Do be aware that if you are a naturally hyperactive person, you may have a slightly harder time training your parrot.

Do speak in a voice that is soothingly gentle, as this will aid greatly in helping your parrot stay just as calm and attentive to you. You should be just as calm whenever you feel the need to reprimand your parrot. Never raise your voice or yell at your parrot, as he will just believe that you are trying to engage him in an elaborate and exciting new game, and will play along with you by screaming as well.

2. The intelligence and emotions of the larger parrots are equivalent to those of a two to three year old child. Try to remember this whenever you are handling your parrot and never throw things at your parrot or his cage, do not withhold food or water as a form of punishment or training tactic, never smack him on the beak or head as these are considered animal abuse and can lead to serious physical and emotional damage in your parrot.

3. Try to take into account that all parrots are extremely fragile and dainty animals and can easily be harmed even when the intention is not actually there. Be sure to take all of the necessary precautions to make sure that your parrot is as a safe as possible in your home. Keep your parrot’s nails filed down so that they do not snag on items or scratch you when training the ‘Step Up’ command. Keep his wings clipped as well so that he cannot fly away when you are trying to train him.

4. The very first command you should attempt to teach your parrot is the ‘Step Up’ command. Start by pushing your finger gently against your parrot’s breast, while saying ‘step up’. This action will cause your parrot to lose balance slight and he will need to step up on to your finger in order to maintain his balance. Continue doing this all the while repeating the ‘step up’ command – effectively creating a ladder with your fingers for your parrot to climb.

This is a wonderful command to practice each day, even after your parrot has mastered this cue.

Training your bird is fun!

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Training birds can be a challenge, but it can also be fun. After all, parrots are exceptionally smart and curious which can be ideal traits for learning. When embarking on any training program with your bird you want to keep some key tips in mind.

First, learn to read your bird. He’s not always going to be in the mood for training, so if you can determine when he seems the brightest and most eager to learn, you’ll have more success. Additionally, learn to pick up on his cues of stress and base your training progress on him. Trying to push him too quickly may cause both frustration and stress and create a bird who doesn’t want to learn.

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Where to start with your bird

Your first training steps should be towards creating a bird that is comfortable with being handled and worked with. That means training on handling exercises and teaching him how to step up onto perches or onto your hand. Be careful about ever teaching him to step up onto your shoulder as later on you may risk injury. It’s often suggested you not allow a bird, especially a large one, to sit on your shoulder.

Handling exercises should also include getting him used to having a lightweight and light colored towel wrapped around him. You should ask your veterinarian to show you how at first to make sure it’s correct, but this is important in case you need to medicate your bird or inspect him due to injury.

Click here to learn more beginning bird training

Expert training knowledge for perfect training at home

In our internet connected world it’s possible to be connected to a bird training professional from the comforts of your home. The very same person that helped train world famous magician David Copperfield’s birds is the same person that can help you train your bird.

With expert easy-to-follow training videos, articles, and support you’ll feel like the professionals behind Bird Tricks are right there with you!

Click here to view to read about Bird Tricks and the training program

Nathalie Roberts

Unlocking Your Inner Bird

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

Unlocking Your Inner Bird

It’s Not a Secret on How to Work with Your Bird

Click here to see how easy it really is to have a

happy, healthy and obedient parrot

It doesn’t have to be a secret any longer! Working with your bird should be a fun experience. You shouldn’t fear your bird will bite you. You shouldn’t have to plug your ears all day long to avoid loud, prolonged screaming. You shouldn’t have to worry about your bird plucking all of his feathers out and making a ton of trips to the vet to figure out why.

There are simple ways to correct all of these issues. You just have to start thinking like a bird.

Click here to learn more about working with your bird

Training Your Bird

There are ways to work with your bird and to learn it all easily. It involves a few different things such as:

Patience: You’ve got to have patience and work slowly with your bird. Don’t expect too much too quickly or try to make him do things faster. Short sessions, even just 15 minutes a day, are all you need to do.

Fun: Things need to be fun for both you and the bird. Be loving towards your bird, praise him, and reward him, and he will want to learn more.

No pain: Training your bird shouldn’t incorporate any level of pain at all. No yelling, no hitting, and no punishment should be done. Instead, learn the most innovative methods that show your bird exactly what you want him to do in a non-threatening manner.

Thinking like a bird: Birds aren’t people, even if you want him to be a feathered child. You have to learn how the brain of your bird works so that your training can be tailored to how he thinks and learns, not how you do.

Click here to read more about bird learning and training

The Parrot Secrets System

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You’ll learn the tricks to training your bird. What are the easiest words
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the first place.

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Getting down to the nitty gritty of bird behavioral issues such as biting
and screaming. What causes these issues and how can you resolve them.

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Includes important tips as well as warnings for optimum parrot nutrition and
health. Learn the right blend of seed to fresh veggies and other food for your
bird and also learn what to avoid.

Book 4: How To Choose Your First Parrot Wisely…

In case you haven’t gotten a parrot yet, this is a must read to learn what to look for in a parrot. Learn about bird sellers and how to find the right one.

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Nathalie Roberts