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I'm assuming my tiels temperament isn't the mirror issue like I thought. She just bit the %@$! out of me! She totally bent up the side of my fingernail! Talk about painful! I had no clue she could bite that hard... Any ideas on how to teach her that biting is a definite NO NO? I've tried saying "NO" in a very stern tone but that obviously didn't work, she just got even more angry and bit harder. I try getting her to step up and pull her away but that just makes her angry as well.. It's seriously like dealing with a mad 6 year old! She even fusses. I really hope she stops this nonsense soon. I'll take any advice on how to make this stop.
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Just be persistant. Remove your self from the situations. It will annoy her that you've left her alone and so she will learn that if she is bad to you she wont get any attention

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Have you removed the mirror? I would. How old is she? Putting her down/away is great if she likes being with you, but it needs to be has soon as she bites. If it takes even just a minute to put her in her cage (or down) she isn't likely going to make the connection.

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Is she clipped, sometimes a clip makes a big difference... and makes handling and time outs more effective.
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Daisy - That's a good idea, I haven't tried that. She always does this really loud call when I leave so maybe she'll connect biting with me leaving. Good idea!

Kim - Yes I removed the mirror. After I removed it she didn't make one noise for about an hour but then got over it. She is roughly 6 months old now. I'll try putting her away as fast as I can when she bites.

ParrotletsRock - Yes she is clipped (the breeder clipped her the day before I got her). She can still fly pretty far is she is determined though.
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First off, I know it will be hard but when shes bites you don't scream or flinch, act llike nothing happened, even if your are bleeding, I know thats probably easier said then done for most normal people, I'm pretty much used to it, after she does it a couple of times, she'll figure out it won't work and bulling you isn't working. Secondly if she's too bad, get a small towel or wash cloth and wrap her in it, after a couple of times she should get the message.

I also think right now because its breeding season that it's making everyone a little testy, even if they aren't breeding or breeding age.

Well anyway that's just my opinion's, good luck
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First off, I know it will be hard but when shes bites you don't scream or flinch, act llike nothing happened, even if your are bleeding, I know thats probably easier said then done for most normal people, I'm pretty much used to it, after she does it a couple of times, she'll figure out it won't work and bulling you isn't working. Secondly if she's too bad, get a small towel or wash cloth and wrap her in it, after a couple of times she should get the message.

I also think right now because its breeding season that it's making everyone a little testy, even if they aren't breeding or breeding age.

Well anyway that's just my opinion's, good luck
Typically when she bites me I don't make a sound. The last few times when she bites really hard I say "NO" and put her in her cage, but I don't leave the room (I'm going to start leaving the room now). If the method fails, I'll start the towel thing and see if that works. Thank you!
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Sure, I'm sure she'll calm down just might take a little bit
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My GCC is pretty nippy, but when I cuddle her in a towel, I can rub her head, neck, beak all I want. She gets so relaxed she falls asleep and her head actually falls back on the towel.

Since I've been holding her in a towel for 10 minutes or so every day, she's a bit more calm at other times and will step up without lunging at my finger.

So even if she stays nippy, we have these moments of sweetness every day, and we're both happier for it!

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Due to her age molting might also be playing a part. So if hormones and/or a molt are playing a part at all, getting past this will help a lot.

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My GCC is pretty nippy, but when I cuddle her in a towel, I can rub her head, neck, beak all I want. She gets so relaxed she falls asleep and her head actually falls back on the towel.

Since I've been holding her in a towel for 10 minutes or so every day, she's a bit more calm at other times and will step up without lunging at my finger.

So even if she stays nippy, we have these moments of sweetness every day, and we're both happier for it!
How do you successfully wrap your GCC in the towel? I don't picture Belle liking that AT ALL.
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With a teil it's not too hard, you can usually do it with one hand, put the towel/wash cloth in you dominant hand and put your hand behind them and just gently but firmly grab them, wraping your hand and towel around them. One fluid motion.
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also when she bites, dont say nothing, dont look at her, turn away from her and give her the silent treatment for a few minutes. do this consistently with her biting. thats what we do with tsuka. it is the molting and the teen stage setting in.

mine are terrified of the towel and they freak out and get really stressed with it. tiels are scaredy birds lol



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I'm having an issue with my GC Conure too, he's 1 1/2 yrs old and molting. He spends most of the day out of his cage since he's with me at work and I've heard that since he pretty much CAN do what he wants he now thinks he's boss. Is this true? Could that be a factor on why he's biting and being aggressive on top of molting? I've tried the towel thing too but he's also terrified of it and he hides in the corner saying pretty bird, pretty bird. Its so sad!! I can't get him to step up, anytime he sees skin he goes for it and I dont mean he's nippy, he draws blood, latches on and wont let go until he's ready. It doesnt seem to be me doing something he doesnt like because he'll be perfectly fine and still when he sees skin. OUCH! Any ideas? I'm just happy to know i'm not alone with this...not that I wish this on anyone else either.
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Your not alone Sandi, its a common problem, most Gcc are nippy by nature, yours just seem to be a bit worse. I have several birds who have done this and since I've tamed them down, so now I only really have one thats moody, sometimes she's as sweet as can be and the next she's latched on, it really hurts when she grabs my wrist, I still have the scar from a couple weeks ago. There are several things you can try, you can use a perch and get them to step up on that. I would continue toweling him, even if he is scared of it, once you've got him wrapped in it, pet his head. The next thing I'm going to suggest will only work if you can handel getting bit, if you can't (and no one would blame you) just skip this part. The best way I've found in taming any of my birds, big or small is to let them know right up front who the boss is, for stepping up I just basicly force them too, by putting my hand under there chest right above there feet and I use come and continue to add pressure ( of course not too much) untill they have no choice but to step up. Now during this process you will get bit, the main thing is not to react to it, don't pull your hand back or say anything, just act like nothing is happening and once they figure out it won't work and you won't back down they just give up and do it, as long as they think they can bully you they will, Gcc's love being bossy. I use a more aggressive approch when taming my birds, then most of the other people on the forum, I get alot of aggressive birds, and all I can say is it works for me, but it won't work for everybody cause I don't really care if I get bit.
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When my green cheek bites I plop him gently on the floor and turn my back to him for 2-3 minutes... then when I pick him up he is a much sweeter bird...lol
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