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Mouthing vs Biting

Ok, Dolly my little senegal is 12 weeks old now. I guess you could say she is doing alot of play biting. Nothing hard- just when you go to touch her, she acts like she is going to bite. So I started letting her nibble on my fingers- she is more mouthing than biting- because it's not so much biting as opening her beak like she is going to bite and then once she does that- most of the time- she just touched me with her tongue.
Should I encourage this or not? If she gets rough and it seems like more of a bite, I touch her beak and tell her no bite.
I obviously don't want her biting but I also know part of it is exploring. I do not want to send her mixed messages- by sometimes letting her nibble and then other times telling her no.
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I do the same thing with Alex. He is at the age that he is exploring with his mouth a lot. I've been doing the same thing and teaching him the difference between mouthing and biting. Like you, I hope I'm doing this right! lol
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It sounds like you are handling it correctly. They have to learn how hard they can bite without hurting you. Jenny suggested making an "ack, ack" sound when they bite too hard, which is a sound the birds make with one another when they bite one another too hard. I'm not sure I ever got the sound right, but it sure was a good idea on Jenny's part.


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yeah most birds like to explore with their mouths, one of my Kakarikis got the name Chewee because the day we got him he picked up everything and mouthed it just let them know when it's too hard, that 'ack ack' idea is good!
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Thanks everyone- just wanted to make sure I was doing the right things to make sure mouthing does not become biting! I guess I forgot to mention that I have been making a warning sound also when she starts to bite too much.
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that is good then!
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That warning sound is what gets them to pay attention. I use a quick intake of breath through pursed lips to stop Remmy from biting tooo hard. It works for him(her). But I haven't held Remmy since he went to nest with his eggs. Sad face here. Its like they want to gnaw on your hand, kind of like a puppy. That's what it reminds me of. My sennie went else where after biting and not releasing. I still miss him.
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