In Reply to: Biting Green Cheek posted by Martha on January 04, 2012 at 12:19:59:
Punishment is rarely effective, it seems. My guy is going on 3 in March also, and he's been more bite-y than in the past. Actually it was worst over the winter and seems to be settling down again. I think the best approach is to find ways to encourage the behavior you want and to avoid being bitten as much as possible. I do say "No" and put him down or away in his cage when he bites, but I think I've had more positive effect from giving him something he wants when he doesn't bite. I had some success by requiring polite step-ups to get out of the cage. In fact, he started picking his foot up while holding his head back when he wants to come out, sort of a "Look Human, I come in peace" gesture. I don't think they realize how much it hurts, and I do think any form of drama, however involuntary, can be reinforcing. Those little beaks sure can hurt, though.
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