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jack
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 11:27 pm    Post subject: my karariki bites can you help

my karariki bites and when you let it out of the cage it flies at your face its a male and 6 month old so ive been told
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 2:01 am    Post subject:

How long have you had him?
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 10:33 am    Post subject:

He flys at u to find out if you ar a danger to him, and establish who is boss.
I suspect, because of him biting, that when flys at you u flinch or duk....
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bittingor is it just nibbles or a bite to find out if you are eadiable.....you have backed off and he establishes himself ..or rather you establish him as the alpha male of the house hold.

Taming down, biting issues are all covered in older posts.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 10:55 am    Post subject:

mine have never bitten me, but previously i had a cockatiel, she was quite feisty to say the least however she stopped biting after we started growling at her...after a few weeks she calmed right down, and became very tame.

Like Steptoe said, they like to exert authority and be 'top bird', you just have to make sure you are leader of the flock and he knows it.

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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 8:14 pm    Post subject:

Jack,

Steptoe and Ziggy are right. Although it may sound stupid to growl and make an angry face at them, it works miracles.
My first kakariki never bit me or anyone else. My 2nd tried. He was and still is very young, so I don't think he meant any real harm. But it still hurted a lot.

He used to do it while eating out of my hand.
Started as an angle and then all of the sudden.. YIKES!

I started to growl, make an angry face and closed my hand to a fist.
After about ten minutes I would try again. After taking a deep breath and making sure I felt relaxed and self assured.
Had to do that about 3 times, then he got it. Biting means no treat.

Also, look up on the internet for articles about bird body language.
It helped me " communicate" better with my birds.
You see, they have their " off day's" as well as you have them.
Choosing the right time to try interact, or to just leave them be, makes for a better relationship as well.
And.. it might help you to notice them not feeling well sooner.

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 10:11 am    Post subject:

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Had to do that about 3 times, then he got it. Biting means no treat.

I disagree...watch a flock of kakariki...its all about a damn good telling off, and bloody well mean it....not to scare...to intimidate and get their attention.
But not carring a grudge a couple minutes late....as if what happened before never happened
As a lecture told us before the days of PC was dreamed up...."there is no difference between dogs , staff, children" and birds fall into that to.

When one gets into bigger parrots, (eg Sulphur Crested cockatoo) espec mature caught out of the wild...its a step up from just growling ...and again the same as if one watches a flock..pecking orders ....he bite me, I pick up a wing and bite back....margenally more than theirs.

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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 10:53 am    Post subject:

Step,

I am afraid I don't understand what it is you disagree on.
Could be my " Dutch and trying" but to me it looks like we are saying the same thing.

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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 6:28 pm    Post subject:

Yes We are on the same track...no its not the loss of the treat ..it is the growlling thats effective
When I was training larger parrots and dogs....I often would work on the basis "well u will soon learn, no treat" sort of approach....then ended spending ages getting basically no where...

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