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Red face Love Hurts?

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"?



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lovebirds are nippy, naturally. if he is biting around his cage, do not go into his cage unless to feed him and clean and such. do not reach in the cage to get him out, do not ask him to step up in the cage.

if he bites you right now, because he may not know you yet. as he bonds with you he might not bite you as much but will bite others. lovebirds are just spun like that lol


it might calm down a bit, but note lovebirds are nippy little birds and pack a good bite.



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my IRN bites my cheek and lip sometimes so i flinch if he moves too quickly on my shoulder but i try my best to forgive and forget

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What Casey said, if it is a bit of cage aggression, just leave him to come out by himself. Birds are far more confident in themselves if they do things on their own terms and are not forced. But they are typically nippy, and they explore with their beaks, a lot!

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I was aware of their propensity to get aggressive over their cage, so I have let him come out on his own. I just wish he would give me some notice before he took hunks out of my ear

I guess I should just buy some earmuffs and turtlenecks for when I get him out.


I could also use ideas for putting him back in the cage. He'll be perched on my finger then fly off when I get to the cage. He's way faster than tiels. It takes forever. I have just been luring him in with millet, but he's getting wise to that game.



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you can get him to step up, gently cup over his back if he will allow you and gently carry him to the cage and let him hop inside dont remove your top hand until he is in the door way, place a treat in his cage before you put him in so when he goes in, he sees the treat and is rewarded for going inside. the cupped hand over his back is to prevent the flying.



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To prevent ear bites, don't let him sit on your shoulder!

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To prevent ear bites, don't let him sit on your shoulder!
oh, it sounds so easy...but he bites when I try to get him down

He has only bit me really hard twice in the last 2 days, both times was when I was trying to put him back in the cage. I'm still having a very hard time getting him back in his cage. He is so fast and so dang smart.



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One of my conures will get really aggressive when I let him sit on my shoulder. If I try to get him off he literally bites to kill! He hangs on and you have to open his beak. They love shoulders

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