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unintentionally reinforce their parakeets to bite. A bonded
parakeet may decide to gently nibble or bite their owners. Many
owners make the mistake of allowing this and it leads to biting.
When the parrot bites them, they react with many loud verbal
responses such as, “No bite!” Unfortunately, the bird does not
see this as a punishment but a reward. The bird perceives the
situation as stimulating and rewarding and many budgies will seek
to reenact this reward. From a bird’s viewpoint, he believes you
like this biting so he is only giving you what he believes you
Don’t make the
mistake of rewarding your bird for this behavior. The best way to
deal with this negative reinforcement is to completely ignore it.
If you ignore the biting and do not make a fuss, then your bird
will eventually stop this behavior. If your bird bites you, move
your hand back without saying a thing and continue with what you
were doing. Your parakeet will eventually understand you did not
like this and will stop biting you. Do not make faces because
many parakeets find interest in facial movements.
becomes relentless because it has been unintentionally reinforced
start removing yourself from the room as soon as you are bitten.
Again, do not say anything just stop what you are doing, place
your bird down, and walk out of the room. If you consistently do
this then your parakeet will start to associate biting with you
leaving. It works wonders and many parakeets cannot cope with
being left alone. This method only works if your parakeet is
bonded to you or has been handfed.