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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2015, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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lip biting?

my bird likes to sit on the front of my shirt and sit under my chin. she also likes to rub her face on my cheek but she also "bites" my lips and make a kissy sound. she doesn't clamp down hard at all, its more of a very light tap. i think she picked it up from me kissing the top of her cage before i leave. Is this bad behavior? it doesn't bother me, she also does is to my ears and strands of hair! kinda like grooming, maybe
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My opinion. No it is cool.
It shows she loves you. And there any number of people who share this behavior with their birds.

Now for the heavy stuff.
It is said that our bacteria is bad for them.
I have been deep into this conversation on another group. And while there are any number of people and scientific details about the dangers. Only one person claimed a bird died due to bacteria infection, indicating it was due to human saliva.
As long as you and your bird are both in good health I am almost certain there will not be any health risks.

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I personally don't think it's a good idea. I have had a bird that was sick from pasteurella (from a cat) and I don't want to impose the same risk by doing it myself. I don't see why you couldn't give 'dry' kisses, if you know what I mean? I remember before allowing a green cheek of mine to mess with my fiances braces (years ago, he no longer has them!) and it was only AFTER that I found out about this bacteria. I haven't allowed a bird near my mouth, his mouth or any other mouths since. The was my bird contracted it was he had been scratched by a cat, cats lick their paws...

So my own personal opinion, I wouldn't do it

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Interesting read from Clive and Daisy, thanks for sharing both of your views and reasons about why you should or should not do this.

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I hear you Daisy. But thousands allow this practice and only on claimed event. Well with yours (but noted a cat) (which does not really qualify) would make two. So called events, as there was No actual facts posted. Only hear say.
Sorry does not convince me. I have feed birds from my mouth for years. And never known any problems from this bonding action, and will continue to do so. And I am talking about at least 10 birds over time that I have personally done this with.

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I don't think I'd unnecessarily risk it. No need to transfer mouth bacteria if you don't have to.

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These are specially trained parrots to sit on front of your shirt. Parrots training is too difficult but an advantage you have that parrot acts like a security guard when you trained it properly

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