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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.