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Baby is Biting!

Hi all! So Gizmo is now just about 6 months old and doing really well. Except for one thing... Lately she has been biting, and I mean BITING! Any ideas on why and what I can do to persuade her to stop? It's not aggressive as such... Hard to explain... It's almost like she's testing to see how hard she can bite before I react. Usually my fingers, fingernails or hand and though I do my best not to react, it HURTS. Any suggestions are welcome!

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Well first things first, what type of bird is Gizmo? And how old? Also, when did you get her?



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Hi there, she's a Senegal. I've handreared her from 4 weeks and she's just turned 6 months on the 20th.
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She might just be testing her boundaries with you, and if you're giving her a reaction then she's going to continue to do it.
I know it's really difficult but if she bites you then you need to give NO reaction; that means don't make a noise, don't scrunch your face, don't pull away, don't say anything, nothing.
Also, if you can tell when she tends to bite try distracting her right before she gets in to a "bitey" mood with a toy or something. Reward her for not biting.



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As Kayla said, she's probably just testing you right now. A lot of birds don't realize how strong they can be and can be a bit too forceful but distracting her can be a big help. Anything to chew on will work as long as she shows some interest. Again, as Kayla said, don't show a reaction! If you yelp or make a funny face she will learn that it can be quite fun to see what she can get out of you

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Thanks guys! It seems to just be a phase as you've mentioned and distracting her while saying "no biting" is slowly getting the message across (I think!)
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Just make something a little bit more appealing than you But don't make them think 'oh hey when I bite I get a reward' either

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I tell you... if raising a bird doesn't prepare you for raising a human baby, nothing will! hahahaha!!
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I got broody while my sister in law was pregnant but when he was born I was fine I'm quite alright with critters!

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