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I have taken on a very tame 2-year-old Fischer's lovebird named Sunny. His previous owner handfed him from 10 days and heavy spoiled him until I picked him up last week. With her husband's declining health she had to give him up along with her 2 painted conures. A family member took the conures, but no one wanted Sunny due to his "little" biting habit. Apparently, he bit everyone except for his owner who he was very bonded with.
He want to be out of his cage cuddling, riding around on your shoulder. His biting really seems to be unprovoked. I would honestly consider it more curious nibbles, but, oh man do they ever hurt! I am trying to remain calm and redirect his attention, and reward him for just hanging out on me without biting.
I know we both have to get used to each other, and I'm not supposed to really react to his biting, and I do fine when he chomps my hands and fingers, but I've taken to getting really jumpy when he's on my shoulder and neck and hanging out on my hair. He seems especially interested in giving me a nose and extra ear piercing.
How do I handle these "love bites"?