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Old 11-09-2011, 09:54 PM   #1
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One of the breeder pairs we recently got, is a fairly young pair about 4-5 months old give a take a week. The male bird is very calm collected and sweets and does not mind being rubbed and even loves shoulder perching, and steps up well, once outside of the cage.

His mate on the other hand is 120% a ball of feathered energy, she is non-stop in the cage and almost always on the move, She has a wonderful personality, only problem is she bites, and bites hard:P Zoie, aka Bitey Mighty could use some training in this department, so i am looking for suggestions, we have tried verbal commands, and blowing in the face tactics which show little in the way of changing her behavior.

I would welcome any suggestion.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:55 PM   #2
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The main thing is not react to the bite. By that I mean is yelling or saying "OUCH". The p'let then thinks it's fun to get the reaction. They love attention even negative. So at all times remain calm. Yes, sometimes easier said then done! You can try pushing into the bite. Be careful when doing this as not to hurt them. They do not like this at all. Also, if they are lunging at you since your finger is bigger I would go to the top beak and close it with my finger softly and say Soft Beak. Between the two it stopped. Another thing is that I found if their wings were clipped they were less aggressive. Hope this helps. It takes a little time and patience.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:20 AM   #3
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Is she biting when the other bird is around?
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:26 PM   #4
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Since they are a bit younger, it may be hormones? I like the distraction method the best :P

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Old 11-12-2011, 02:20 PM   #5
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Is she biting when the other bird is around?
Yes, she does

Ill try the push back idea next, someone else has suggest that as well
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Old 11-12-2011, 05:45 PM   #6
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Sounds sort of like she is establishing the pecking order of her home! I think everyone has given you good info to work with. The only thing I might add is to spend time just talking to her from outside her cage and try to calm her down before you let her out. Just talk softly and gently and she will listen and, hopefully, calm down. Then try letting her out. If she is out of control in the cage, she will be the same way out of it. I got so I could calm Simon down and he would sit there listening and fall asleep! Good luck.........
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:49 AM   #7
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Giving your hand a little shake...aka 'Earthquake' my help a little. Not too hard but it throws them a little off balance. It's a distraction but don't do it so hard the bird falls. Just a little.
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what do you do when your young 2 months old parrotlet doesn't want to come out of the cage and when I pick him up (sofly) all he does is bite and bite hard. I've only had him 1 week as of today!!!His name is Rio and the cutest little blue thing and all he will eat is millet spray.HELP help!!
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what do you do when your young 2 months old parrotlet doesn't want to come out of the cage and when I pick him up (sofly) all he does is bite and bite hard. I've only had him 1 week as of today!!!His name is Rio and the cutest little blue thing and all he will eat is millet spray.HELP help!!
Biting i cant help you with much, food on the other hand is no problem.

First of all P-lets's are high powered birds and millet is there sugar!. Do you have away to contact the place where you got him from to ask them what exactly they were feeding him? also at 2 months he might not have been properly weened and is reverting back to chick mode and millet is the first thing they learn to eat.

I feed mine fresh veggies, a mix of soaked organic seeds, millet and a blend of Higgins Cockatiel Sunburst mixed with parakeet seed from Higgins as well, we also feed them egg-cite egg food mixed with oats and groats. we also throw in a few more sunflower seeds for energy

Best place to start is with whom ever you got the bird from.

Also try placing the food very close to perch's to make it easy for him, and in different locations.

Also get a scale that reads grams so you can weight him. If all else fails take him to a vet! Its possible he could be sick, but if he was more then likely he would be listless and lethargic

Hell, come to think of it my birds eat better then I do
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