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Re: Biting bird

Posted by Karen on Thu, Jun 21 2012 at 03:28 PM CDT:

In Reply to: Biting bird posted by Liz on Wed, Jun 20 2012 at 09:54 PM CDT:

Unfortunately, parrots and young kids are not really that compatible. From his perspective, your daughter doesn't behave like you at all, her movements can be sudden and unpredictable, and she may yell, grab at him or make awkward movements. He's a prey animal, and it's natural for him to be uncomfortable and a little scared of her. He likely only wants her to leave him alone and found a bite is effective.
I would simply make sure his cage and playgym are out of her reach - for both of their safety and so he can feel safe from her. If you want them to interact, limit it to her offering him a favorite treat or if you really want her to hold him, gently hold both her hands and place him on her arm (both to steady her arm and keep her from trying to pet or grab him).
It will likely be a few years before she can learn to be calm around him and interact with him much more.
Don't have a young child (especially one he doesn't see every day like a nephew) try to pick him up themselves. With somewhat older children who can behave calmly understand that he may not enjoy being petted or touched, you can just hold their hand and place him on their arm. It helps to hold their hand, it will make your GCC feel much safer and more secure.
Another thing you can do is teach your GCC some simple tricks. Kids can enjoy having him do tricks for them instead of trying to handle him.


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