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I got my IRN and have a question

Hey guys,

I picked up my 6 month old IRN (she's beautiful, will post pics later) a day and a half ago. I got her from a breeder who hand-fed her, she's somewhat tame, not fully but is used to humans and all that.

I can put my hand in her cage and hand her food and all that, she doesn't run from me or anything. However, I have a question about her "biting".

She doesn't really "bite" me, when I have my hand near her, she will either very softly run her beak on my finger, or squeeze my finger in her beak gently and kindly, and then other times she will put enough pressure where it starts to hurt, not terribly, no blood or anything like that, just a lot of uncomfortable pressure where it hurts a little.

My question is, when she is putting a lot of pressure, what's the best way to handle it? Do I just keep my hand still (ouch, but possible), or do I push my hand towards her body slowly so that she knows nothing is happening, or how do I handle it? I don't jerk my hand back or anything like that, but I'd like to know the best way to handle it.

Also, I realize she is new to me and my home and just testing me out, I just don't want to do anything wrong to make it worse or hurt our bond, want her to know I am safe and that her "biting" won't work on me.

She is really sweet so far and as I said she's not actively looking to bite me or anything, she's moving slowly and checking my fingers out, it's just sometimes she does it in a very uncomfortable way.
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I do assume she is testing you out too, nothing to worry about. My GCC was a nightmare for the first few days.

Offer her something else like a treat or a foot toy or something that will distract her

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She's probably just feeling your hand, getting used to stuff. I'd let her chew and don't make ANY reactions incase they like that action and think of it as a treat. As soon as she stops, gently take your hand away, but leave it in the area to show the bite didn't scare you away.


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Yeah, that's what I've been doing.

It seems half the time she is gentle, half the time she isn't (but not actively being aggressive or biting). Like, she'll start gentle, and then just at random go all hard. Just testing I believe like you guys said.
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I don't have a IRN but with my handraised birds - if they tests their beaks and nip I always be firm with them and raised my voice at them to back off - they seemed to understood that am not happy with their bad behaviours and backed off. You might have to do something about your bird testing you or else it'll become a bad habit and eventually escalate to serious biting. This is what I think but it's up to you how you want to train your bird.


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Parrots use their beaks to communicate with us too. When either of my Alexandrines do this with their beaks, the gentle, but firm pressure, it's their way of saying they don't like something I'm doing and to please back off.

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Thanks for the advice guys.

She is coming along really well. She has gotten a lot more used to me and the house, she is rarely nipping hard (still does, but rarely) and she is really sweet.

Unrelated, but figured I'd mention, now that she is comfortable I can finally switch her to a more pelleted diet. She eats both, but been feeding her seed/pellet mix to make sure she is eating properly/is properly adjusted to the new home she is in.

Here's some pics as I mentioned I'd post some, she is so cute and loves when I hang toys/treats from a string, she will use her feet/beak to pull the string up to get to the item. I always take the string out when she is done, though, strings worry me some.



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Wow she is really beautiful!! and she has pink feet

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Your IRN is absolutely beautiful!

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She is stunning

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Thanks everyone.

She is coming along very well.
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Oh wow, she is stunning! I'm so glad she came home and is healthy and happy. Just you wait, with all of the great toys and life you are giving her, she is going to be such a FUN parrot. IRN's LOVE to play with their toys and love those foot toys too! I think all of the psittacula family does. In fact, I almost always make 20-30 foot toys each evening for my two Alexandrines, and yes, they go through that many in just a few hours. LOL I really love the parrots in this family. They are so beautiful, playful, and smart!

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