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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-01-2014, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Drawing blood if I say "No"

Hi there!

I have a 7 month old yellow sided green cheek conure, he is a real sweetheart until I say no to him. Only two things have caused it so far, 1) Me putting my fingers inbetween him and my earrings and/or lip ring when he is nibbling on them and I can't distract him 2) if he is chewing on my phone and I pick it up and take it from him. Now I understand that it's like taking a bone from a dog and that's why he's mad, but I'm not sure what to do if I can't distract him from it. I have been taking my lip ring out to prevent that as I'm scared he's going to chomp on my lip one of these times I say no instead of my finger, and I've been wearing a touque to prevent him from getting at my earrings because I can't take them out right now. Now these options to me are temporary as I am home alot and plan to have him out most of the days so can't leave my lip ring out all day and shouldn't have to wear a hat all the time!

If he doesn't want to step up or if I scratch him the wrong way and hit a pin feather he bites but just a little pinch to let me know he isn't happy, but he gets angry no matter how nicely I try to redirect his attention from something he wants and he has drawn blood every time, and it's not just one bite it's multiple bites until I get him off my hand.

I'm wondering what the best way to correct this would be, it's really like he is throwing a temper tantrum. Just keep trying to redirect his attention? Put him in his cage so he knows that doesn't give him anymore play time with me?
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For one, no more shoulder time till he learns his manners! Is he clipped? If so gently plop him on the floor with a stern 'no bite' and turn your back... Wait 20-30 seconds and pick him back up (I usually remind mine with a 'no bite' when I pick her up) if he starts biting again then in her cage she goes with another stern 'no bite' this worked very well for my greenie who rarely bites now...she usually leaves my earrings alone now too.

Oh and welcome, I hope you enjoy our little forum...I knew you were Canadian as soon as you said touque...lol I'm a transplanted Canadian and no one knows what that is down here. I lived in Moose Jaw back in the '60s when I was a kid.

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Have you thought about distraction techniques? Like while he's on you you could give him a toy or something that will keep him occupied and off your jewellery My Harris' hawk decided to investigate my septum piercing not long ago, it hurt a bit and my eyes watered for about an hour

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