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RE: Weaning Baby Parrotlet

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Posted by: PHIggysbirds at Fri Oct 9 23:05:32 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHIggysbirds ]  
   

I don't know that I would specifically say it is a parrotlet thing but some birds especially smaller birds do seem to become nippy at closer to weaning time. Instead of waiting until maturity like many of the larger species they start becoming nippy to separate from their "parents" at weaning and show they are growing up and doing things on their own. This seems to be more of an individual bird thing instead of one whole species though. I have had some lovebirds do this, some budgies, some parrotlets but not whole groups on them. We may have several from the same clutch or hatched during the same time and maybe only one or two will do this. They for whatever reason are more willing to test to see what they can get by with and prove they are a "big bird" now. Patience and a gently but firm hand should put a stop to it. Try to work with targeting even at this early age to get him/her to nip or bite on a certain object instead of a hand. Try not to pull away even though yes a little beak can still hurt. Make sure you are spending plenty of time socializing even when not feeding and if he is eating well maybe cut out one more feeding so you are just doing two a day. Try to get him interested in more toys that he can bite as well. Try smaller softer toys at first for his softer beak such as paper, thinner or smaller vine balls etc. More items allowed to chew on and taught to chew on can help the need to test and chew on you.


   

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