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Lovebird biting

So I've had my little girl, Arya, for about a month:



She's an adorable little thing but my concern is that she's pretty vicious. She's still pretty young - perhaps 12 weeks old and I understand this is a phase that young lovebirds go through where they test the strength of their beak on an array of things, but she is really starting to hurt. She likes to fly over and land on me and then generally bites anything she can get hold of, mostly my hands and various bits of my face. She bites my ears - she loves chewing my earrings - my lips, my chin and most recently my eyebrows. I generally react by waving her off but this doesn't seem to act like much of a deterrent, so I'm wondering if anyone else has any ideas about fixing this.

I know it's mostly likely only a phase, but I don't know if I can deal with another potential 3-4 months of her strong little beak!
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I can't help to solve her biting issue, but I just wanted to say, she's such a cutie.

I don't have that problem with my lovie, but then I have no idea of her age either as she just flew in on the 1st January.

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It's not the biting that's the problem (well it is! but there's an easy way to solve it). You're giving her a reaction! I imagine that you also make sounds when she bites too? Again, reaction! They looooooooooooooove a reaction. As hard as it sounds, keep as still as possible and don't make a noise. Hopefully she will just give up when she knows she won't get anything out of it

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I was worried that might be it! She may be a tiny bird but boy does she bite hard and she seems to know all the softest, tenderest places!

I'll give it a go, though!

So glad my ringneck doesn't bite me!
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Honestly, if you give any reaction the bird usually thinks oh this is fun!

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My budgies both went through this phase around 12 weeks as well. People underestimate how hard small parrots can bite! My hen, Nala drew blood every time. My lovie is also a bit on the chompy side, so I can sympathize with you there, too. Those beaks HURT. My best advice is what others have said, try and take the bites as best you can. Don't react, don't let other people react, and so on. One thing that helps me is when Kuzco (lovie) gets a grip on me and starts to munch, I just take a deep breath and let it out slowly and try to relax. It can be tough, but it helps because he doesn't get an excitable reaction (positive reinforcement) and it helps me to not tense up when I know I'm about to get bit. The chompy phase does end, and you will get through it and come out on the other side with a better relationship with your bird
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This is much easier said than done!

She loves to chew my ears and I've had a piercing done about 6 months ago and it's healed but it's still pretty painful now and then. She loves to go straight for this piercing and it's ok when she's chewing the ring but when she starts biting the flesh around the piercing...jesus it hurts and it's almost impossible not to brush her off. I'm going to have to constantly wear my hair down!
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I always shake my birds off whenever they bite, I'm not one for doing that not reacting to the bite either Try give a little shake to let her know you don't like her biting and see how that goes.

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