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Biting - need more advice or at least encouragement!

Now that I finally have my parrotlet as sweet as can be I just had to go and get a green cheek conure baby! Back to sore hands. He is only a couple of months old. Sometimes when I get him out he is pretty sweet and other times he bites left and right. He isn't scared. It's intentional. He just seems a little manic at times and that is when he is really nippy. I try to keep something for him to play with that I can substitute for him chewing on my skin. So I think I am doing the right thing. But is this normal?
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Perfectly normal for a green cheek baby. They go through a teething stage, and it isn't fun. They just have to learn how hard is too hard to bite. Shira went through that, too, but she seldom bites hard enough to even slightly pinch now - although she is very mouthy. She hasn't bitten hard enough to hurt in over four months. She was hatched in May.


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Thanks nanay. That is exactly what I needed to hear!
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I never knew that nanay, that they went through a 'teething' stage. I guess if I ending up getting one soon (which I think I am ) I'll have some nice new scars on my hands I got to handle some baby sun conures a few years ago and they were very mouthy. They also licked me like crazy haha!
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Last night I had him out and he just kept nipping but I had lots of stuff to keep him busy and as long as I kept him really, really busy he was much better. Then he FINALLY wore out and snuggled for a long, long time falling asleep on me while I rubbed his head. It was really sweet. And I have to say, it hurts but he has never drawn blood or anything so catalinadee...hopefully no new scars!
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Libby only nips me when something annoys her, like if I'm taking her from room to room and she isn't facing forward, so she can see where she's going! LOL! It's like her temper flares up. She doesn't bite on and on, just a quick nip and then she's sunny and happy again. Thankfully!

Although it's very infrequent now, my Parrotlet will lunge, grab, rip, and not let go -- can draw blood and hurt like crazy. She doesn't do that any more (mostly), plus I've learned her body language and how to avoid the bites. Parrotlets are complex little birds!

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I've never had Shira break the skin or leave a welt. She doesn't bite that hard. Even her worst bites have not been like that. They just like to chew, chew, chew, and it takes a while for them to learn how hard is too hard. She used to bite in anger whenever I returned her to her cage, but I give her something fun now whenever I put her up, so she's over that.


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Oh that's fair enough then! Chewee (hence the name) Chews a lot too, and sometimes he doesn't know when it is too hard
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