In Reply to: Re: Behavior Problem? posted by Lauren A. on Fri, Jul 27 2012 at 05:04 PM CDT:
Punishment is typically not very effective, better to find something to reward that is contradictory to biting. For some situations you can use a mild deterrent, such as shaking your hand if he is sitting on your hand, but most people report that putting them on the ground, yelling at them, or giving them a time out are not effective. In fact, these things may inadvertently reward the biting. So it's better not to think in terms of punishment.
You have to try all kinds of different toys to see what he likes. It's a good idea to have enough toys that you can rotate them in and out so that they seem "fresh" every week or so. My GCC likes toys that make noise.
Make sure you are getting toys that are big enough for that beak -- the ones for cockatiels are often too flimsy for GCC. Mirrors are usually intended for smaller birds and with a mirror you run the risk that the bird will too enthralled with the bird in the mirror to be interested in you. So I wouldn't go that route.
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