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Parrotlet Biting Hard

Well I have two parrotlets and they both have their own set of problems; both can fly they are separated because Annie plucks and Raphie is aggressive. They are both in a huge flight cage. Raphie is hand tamed, can step up do tricks and can be lovable, but over the past year he has been become a terror. He is biting a lot and they are hard bites they leave marks on my skin and sometimes they are so bad I bleed. I never make him do something and always ask him to step up, if he does not want to I wait for him to come out and fly to me. But, mostly every time I put my hand near him or his cage or even when he sees me he goes berserk! I cannot even open the cage to feed him I have to distract him in order to feed him and give him water, he sometimes flies out of the cage and attacks me. If he is out and calm he can be good and cuddly but usually gets excited fluffs up and attacks my neck, hands, and Annie (the other parrotlet) as well. I have toys for him when he is out and I try to offer him a toy in this excited state but he seems to like to stab my neck. I tired timeouts, teaching him gentle beak and ignoring and even sad faces but he honestly he is Jekyll and Hyde.I also have been taking him out separately from Annie because of his attitude. This is affecting our relationship and I am trying to improve it by working with him, I usually read to him, but he always does his freak-outs and most likely I end up getting stabbed. I am trying to build a relationship with him from the cage but he still wantís to eat my face. I am encouraging good behaviour with treats and my voice but he just will not stop stabbing everyone and lacking to skin. Please help me.
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May I ask how old Ralphie is?

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He turned 2 in July and since his first birthday he started this behaviour.
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Ahhh, the terrible twos! Now I know what I am going to ask is very controversial, however .. Is he clipped? Parrotlets can get extremly agressive when flighted and sometimes a simple wing trim can change that. Feathers can always be allowed to grow out again when the hormones settle down and he becomes himself again. A light trim will also stop him from flying onto you and biting. My parrotlet becomes a raging monster when fully flighted, but given a light trim (he can still fly, just not gain height) he turns back into his sweet cuddly self.
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This sounds about right for a parrotlet, they go through their ups and downs with hormones and that effects their behavior. I wish I could say more than it will pass and it will return lol. Just keep correcting it. I also have a hard time doing anything like changing water or food, my parrotlets will attack me when doing this. I just distract them or take them out but it is a HUGE pain in the a**. I also agree that parrotlets often need a clip...they are just too small and with that attitude of theirs, they can really get themselves hurt or killed zooming around attacking things much much bigger than they are. Even with just one or 2 flight feathers, they can still fly pretty well (versus other heavy bodied birds that just hit the ground). Fully flighted you'd be hard pressed to ever catch them-they are very fast and agile flyers.

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I too distract my parrotlet when changing food or water... He will attack almost every time...lol he will run across the floor of his cage when I am putting treats in his foraging box... Never thought such little legs could zoom so fast! He is extremly territorial about his cage... In short, parrotlets are stinkers!
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He is not clipped although I did clip him twice and it did not decrease this behaviour at all... it kinda made it worse. He this second time I clipped his feathers he started to bite other people. He used to be so loving and would let people pet him all the time . I might get him clipped again and see what will happen. Do you think he is bored? I can not take them out a lot, that is why I got the flight cage but they do not seem to play with toys like other birds I had. Thanks for all the help everyone I don't feel so alone anymore.
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He is not clipped although I did clip him twice and it did not decrease this behaviour at all... it kinda made it worse. He this second time I clipped his feathers he started to bite other people. He used to be so loving and would let people pet him all the time . I might get him clipped again and see what will happen. Do you think he is bored? I can not take them out a lot, that is why I got the flight cage but they do not seem to play with toys like other birds I had. Thanks for all the help everyone I don't feel so alone anymore.
Is he getting enough sleep? My parrotlet male gets very grumpy when he is tired and he likes to sleep with one of these two (he has both items below)...it seems to really help him since I got him one. It's almost like parrotlets need their down time and can get overstimulated/be on edge (I'd imagine more so if the cage is in a busy chaotic part of the house). He even rests in these throughout the day and seems in a better mood after he can have some alone time and breaks from stimuli. He kind of hides under the strips on the one. Both can be machine washed but he doesn't poop on them.

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Another thing, maybe reserve his favorite treats for when he is out with you and try just taking him out for short intervals of time-so that way you end the sessions before he is too over stimulated (so it ensure they are always ended on a positive note)? But I would definitely keep him clipped while trying different things.

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I put him to bed at 8 and wakes up around 8:30. The cage is in its own room with a window so he can look outside. I will try that tho! thanks
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