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Re: GCC is agressive and mean... sometimes.

Posted by Deborah on August 12, 2011 at 13:18:16:

In Reply to: GCC is agressive and mean... sometimes. posted by lana on August 06, 2011 at 18:15:09:

You may have more success rewarding behavior you like rather than trying to punish the behavior you don't want. Try to figure out why he is biting. Actual biting is said to be usually territorial, fear-based or learned -- if they bite and get a result they want, they will continue to bite to get that result. So for example, if your bird gets nippy when it is getting tired of being out, and you respond to the bite by putting the bird away, it may learn to bite when it wants to go back to its cage. That's why it is important to try to understand why your bird is biting. There is also displacement biting -- if your bird favors you and someone else approaches, it may be feeling territorial about you, but bite you because it can't reach the other person.

Other reasons birds may use their beaks too hard are overly enthusiastic mutual grooming, using hte beak to test and explore too vigorously, play, and with green cheeks in particular, over-excitement.

If your bird is grooming too enthusiastically, you might gently discourage it and remind the bird to be gentle, then reward the bird lavishly when it is doing what you want -- being gentle.

Best thing of all is to avoid the bite entirely if you can. Stop scritching sooner. Avoid pin feathers or learn how he wants you to work them. Always reward behavior you like.

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