Join Date: Feb 2014
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Difference between testing and anger?
Kuzco's been with me almost a month now and although my fingers have sustained minor damage, he's been not too bad about biting considering he's a two year old, unhandled lovebird. Until tonight. Usually, he sits on my shoulder for most of the day, playing with my hoodie, flirting with himself in the mirror behind my chair, watching tv with me, napping, etc. Tonight, I took him out for about an hour before bedtime and immediately, something was different. He was hesitant to come out and when he decided to, he immediately sat on my shoulder and started biting my neck. At first it seemed more out of curiosity, but they were VERY pinchy. I tried not to react, but one surprised me and I flinched and moved him away with my hand. Then it became a game. He would move my hair away and bite my neck until I reacted. I ignored him until he started drawing blood, went to move him again, at which point, he started biting my hand, because it's afraid of fingers. I put him back in his cage for the night and now he's having a hissy fit because he's mad.
How do I tell the difference between anger bites and testing bites? He seems to test by seeing how hard he can bite before something happens. And he WILL bite until something happens. I did my best to ignore it, but it's hard when it feels like he's tearing through my jugular. Was he tired? Was he afraid? I'm worried I damaged our bond by introducing my hand when he bit my neck and normally he's very well behaved. I tried distracting him with other things, but he was intent on going for my neck. I don't want this to become a habit. What can I do?