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! He barely comes up for air! My hands look like raw meat. Even when I put him on my shoulder he'll manage to chomp into my neck. Yee-ouch! I'm bound and determined to break him of this but I'm not sure how to go about it. I mean, right when he bites, what do I do? Of course I say, "No!", but unless I associate that word with something uncomfortable or unpleasant, he won't have a clue.

He'll probably just start to figure that "No" is his name. :-) With my CAG, I can just put him in the cage and close the door, because he'd rather be out, but this little parrotlet I think might rather be in the cage at this point, so I don't think that would be a very effective consequence. Any ideas?
Thanks,
Mari
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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!

Define what you meant when you said "I just got.." Dave
Step one, Don't put him on your shoulder.
Step two, read, "A guide to a well behaved parrot".

You can get it at a pet store. A good library has it, too. Jim
That would be two days ago.
Hello all, I just got a parrotlet. He's very cute. I know parrotlets have the reputation of being a small ... be in the cage at this point, so I don't think that would be a very effective consequence. Any ideas?

With my amazon and macaw which used to be like that (although not QUITE as bad!) I shouted no! or similar and pushed them away (not enough to hurt/injure but enough to make them growl/squawk). Now they are extremely tame and haven't hurt me for months.

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Hello all, I just got a parrotlet. He's very cute. I know parrotlets have thereputation of being a small bird ... how to go about it. I mean, right when he bites, what do I do? Of course I say, "No!",

WRONG!! Don't say anything. Ignore the biting. Don't react to it at all. If biting accomplishes nothing, your bird won't bother doing it.

Steve
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 shop(s do not maintain the "work" to keep the little ones on track.
Bob W

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wrong move, to much drama, please read my post to the original question

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Is there a "Plan B" you could recommend? We are talking MAJOR and CONSTANT biting here. Not something I can ignore, no matter how hard I try, (and I've tried). I'm bleeding all over the place. Also, he'll grab on with all his might and will not let go. He will literally hang by my flesh.

Any thoughts?
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