Okay, so this is kind of a weird situation, and I would love to know what you guys think of it.
I've had my parrotlet, Saturday, for almost two months, and in that time she's gotten pretty bonded to me. If I'm home, she seems to expect to be out of the cage. She plays on her gym, but she really loves to climb on me. She used to bite, but we've been working on it and now she just nips a little.
The way I taught her to stop biting was every time she bit (or bites - we're still working on it although she almost never does now) I would immediately take her down from my shoulder or my hand and set her on the floor or gym or hold me hand down at floor level with her on it. That sounds jumbled, but the point I made consistently was that biting birds don't get to sit on people - the minute she bit she was banished from human contact for about 10 seconds. Then I'd pick her back up and she'd be sweet as pie. She figured out pretty quickly that if she bit, I put her down.
I wanted her to figure this out, but now she's using it to her advantage! She sits on my shoulder all nice and sweet, then when she wants to get down she delivers a quick, sharp little bite. Usually she does this when she has to poop. She seems to make a concerted effort not to poop on me (which I appreciate) and uses this particular type of bite to ask to go. It's a specific little sharp pinch. I don't want to jinx it, but my bird seems to have concocted some sort of self-potty-training scheme.
Anyway, I'm appreciative of her efforts, but I'm worried that she'll try to use biting for communication in other situations as well. What do you guys make of this? Are birds just weirdos? Is she some sort of mad genius? Should I be stopping this? How?
I would love to hear your thoughts.