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Mari, I am going to assume this male has been handfed and has had some social skills imparted. When you find him starting to bite work him, work him with ladders, ie.. index finger to index finger, with the "step up" command repeated at each laddering of the fingers, you want him stepping from finger to finger. If he is still biting while doing the laddering wobble just a touch (wiggle your hand to get him a touch off balance). Do not get loud, do not reward the biting with drama, do not let him go back into his cage.

Ladder him for no more than five-ten minutes at a time then give him some time on his own play stand-away from his cage, then pick him up and see what happens. If he bites start laddering again, if he does not bite verbally praise him telling him what a "good boy" he is, treats are nice about then. Some Parrotlets need more work than others, all of them need consistant work and sometimes breeders or pet shops do not maintain the "work" to keep the little ones on track.
Bob W

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Too much drama?
By the way your sig is at the wrong end.
wrong move, to much drama, please read my post to the original question Bob W

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Bob,
I never saw your original post to the list for some reason, so I'm glad that you referred to your "original" post. I found it by searching dejanews. Thank you for the very specific advice. That's helpful for someone like me who isn't very experienced with this problem.
I'll give it a try.
Thanks,
Mari
A safe way I have stopped my birds from biting is by using alum and water. I mix a bit of alum (used for pickling) with water and put that on my skin where the bird normally bites (or on the skin of any other person they are biting... my son).
When the bird bites they get a bitter taste, which quickly cured mine from biting.
One started biting again after a couple of weeks, I used the alum and water again, he stopped biting and has never bit since.
Hello all, I just got a parrotlet. He's very cute. I know parrotlets have the reputation of being a small bird with big attitude, but wow does this guy bite!

I just put an article about bite reduction on my web site a few days ago, you might find it helpful:
http://www.featherforum.com/article/bites
The main thing, though, with a new parrot, is to build a good relationship, which basically translates to a history of positive interactions, of you giving the bird rewarding things. Training is a really good way to do that - it's basically an excuse for you to give the bird lots of treats (even if you have to do it by dropping the treats into the birds food bowl while the bird stays caged). Here's a really good mailing list to get you started:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bird-click /
When you sign up you'll get a few 'canned' email messages - read them, and save them so you can re-read them later. There's TONS of good information in those first few messages. Most of your initial questions will be answered by the time you're read through them.

Cheers,
Nate Waddoups
Redmond WA USA
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OK, Bob, I tried your advice last night. Good news and not-as-good news ... while doing the step up thing, he tries his darnedest to fly toward me. Even though his wings are clipped, he was almost always successful. In fact once he flew toward my face and grabbed onto my nose (that part between the nostrils) with his beak. Whoa! That one hurt!
The good news is that there was a LOT less biting overall, so I think if I keep up this method, I should have some more success. I have to buy him a playstand though so that after I do lots of step ups I can put him there. The other good news is that, since he wasn't literally constantly biting me, I discovered that he really, really likes to be scratched. Ah ha! I can work with that! Thanks again for the advice.
On another subject ... how long should I keep him quarantined from my other birds?
Also, anyone have any good ideas for names for him? I've been considering Napoleon, but it's kind of a lot of syllables. (I'm a history teacher so that's why I kind of liked that name.)
Mari
30-45 days is standard, if I know where they came from I adjust.

Nappy-short for Napoleon, who was reported to be rather small as well..

Just keep working with him these folks can try our tolerance levels but once they figure it out they figure it out!
We have 21 parrotlet flights out here and it you want to see a mean parrotlet I have a Mexican hen who had me running for cover.

Bob W

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