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Libby and a helpful solution to her biting me!

I just had to post about this, I'm so happy! I don't know if I've ever posted about it, but Libby (my GCC) has been attacking my fingers a lot, probably since about 2 months before Charley (Hahns Macaw) came home, so that would be since last August. I've tried just about everything, and have sore, bleeding fingers to prove it! She could really hurt and we didn't trust each other any more. I was so sad about it and didn't know what else to do.

Anyway, I took Charley and Libby to Varietee's (my bird shop) yesterday for grooming, and I mentioned the problem to one of the ladies at the shop. I said I had heard that GCC's could be "nippy" when they reach maturity, but this was worse than that.

She suggested that I lightly towel her, leaving her head out, and just sit and cuddle with her for 20 minutes or so. She demonstrated and Libby let her rub her head, neck, beak, you name it! She said this should help us re-build our bond.

WELL, I tried it yesterday and again today, and let me tell you, it was absolutely WONDERFUL! I can rub her head, neck, beak, under her beak, you name it and she doesn't even TRY to bite! She will actually fall asleep and her head will drop back onto the towel and I can rub under her lower beak.

I talked softly to her while I was holding her, and it was SO wonderful! I have my lovey baby back! It was heaven!

I know I'll still have to be cautious at other times, but if we can share these few minutes every day, I know it will help and I'll be so much happier with her and she with me!
I even called the lady at the bird shop and thanked her! I'm so happy, I love her so much!

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Ahhh, congrats JoAnne, that's wonderful. Sometimes toweling really works wonders.
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I had NO idea! It's sure wonderful!

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I do it some times with a reallly fiesty bird, I think it works great as well and I usually don't have to do it more than a couple time for them to chill out.

My Mom's Sun Conure loves to be wrapped up like a little baby, she really enjoys it.
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I feel your pain. Gilderoy is almost a year old and he's discovering his beak. He hasn't gotten too nasty but I'm glad I saw your post because if he does I now have a plan thanks to you.
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Cioci t - I had e-mailed one of my friends about toweling Libby and how wonderful it is, and she said I should post on Talk Parrots, so I'm glad I did!

Libby turned two on Feb. 27 -- so I guess she's all grown up now! I'm going to cuddle with her like this every day for a few minutes -- I was so missing my cuddly baby!

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Toweling is the method I'm using to work with Taco, the VERY aggressive Maxi Pi I got 2 weeks ago. And it's already made a difference.

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I just discovered this today too, odd! Lol. I toweled Hermes to take a look at his wing to see what the damage was after he broke a blood feather. Well little did I expect that when I toweled him he started preening my fingers a bit, plus the towel, and was burrying his head into my fingers, hahaha.
Quickly he went back to biting at me though once I shifted to look at his wing. :P



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Hmmm, I wonder if this'd work with Bob.
How does one go about wrapping a hissing pinning, biting bird up?

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Hmmm, I wonder if this'd work with Bob.
How does one go about wrapping a hissing pinning, biting bird up?
I just plopped the towel over him, grabbed him (making sure my fingers were covered :P ) and that's it!



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Thanks for sharing! Dexter was only super cuddly for the first few weeks I got him and on other rare occasions. I usually take him to a separate room without Pickles for some love because Pickles is great at ruining moments haha! Last night while the birds were on the play stand Dexter flew over to me, landed up the chair, jumped onto me and cuddled on my neck. I gave him love for about 30 minutes pickles likes to be stroked but he occasionally allows scritches

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Thanks everyone!

What I do with Libby is carefully ask her to step up. If she wants to, she'll put her foot out, if she doesn't, WATCH OUT! She'll lunge to bite! After she steps up (I say "step up" with every bird, every time -- Libby and Charley even say "step up") and she's on my finger, I gently wrap the towel around her and hold her, under the towel, from behind with my other hand and let go of her feet. Then I wrap the towel around her, kind of swaddling her, but not tightly.

It's worked great twice -- watch it not work today and make a monkey out of me! I'll post on how I do!

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Oh, Bob does not step up.
Bob bites!
He hasnt learnt yet.

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Kate is Bob's cage door big enough for you too get both your hands in or will he come out of his cage on his own?
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When the lady at the bird shop took Libby out of her travel cage (small door), she just reached in with the towel over her hand and wrapped it around Libby. She did it smoothly and quickly, so maybe you can try that with Bob? He'd probably get used to it after a few times.

Today was the third day and Libby did very well again today -- yipee! It's amazing to see her actually fall asleep and her head fall back onto the towel while I'm holding her! Now that's relaxed!

It's such a joy to cuddle with her again! She's not as bitey as other times either -- but I'm still very careful!

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Hmmm, I wonder if this'd work with Bob.
How does one go about wrapping a hissing pinning, biting bird up?
If I go anywhere near Taco's cage he's ready to attack. He even starts posturing if I talk to him from across the room. So I put on a pair of garden gloves and have a pillowcase ready. When he lunges for it I cover his head and and grab his legs with my other hand and remove him from the cage. Then I wrap him in another pillowcase.

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I love this story! I'm so going to try it with one of my birds that's very hormonal. Thank you so much for sharing, Jo Anne!

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You're welcome, Kristen! Hope it helps! You're usually the one advising ME! LOL!

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Kim - GOSH! What kind of bird is Taco? Sounds like a big EAGLE!!!

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