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Dealing With Aggressive Birds-Aggression In Birds

Updated on October 16, 2009

Dealing With Aggressive Birds

Working With an Aggressive Birds

I have heard many pet bird owners say help me, my bird is mean. To start off this article one thing I want to state is this! There are no mean birds. Birds are not mean by nature. Most bird owners having behavioral problems out of their pet bird is due to something causing fear in the bird or there is some sort of emotional problem going on. This causes the bird to try to avoid being handled. Normally the problems are associated with improper handling techniques by the owner. Not that the owner is purposely doing this but it needs to be identified to stop the behavioral problems with your pet bird.

As you already know, your pet bird cannot punch you in the nose when upset, all they have is their beaks so you may get bitten. This can be a nasty injury from a large parrot so the problem causing the biting must be identified and stopped immediately. I'll explain a few things you can do to help in this article. I suggest however taking a training course that teaches you how to teach your pet bird. I'll list the location to pursue the training I speak of at the end of this article.

If you have a biting problem out of your parrot, set a specified time for training aside each day. Stick to this schedule, it's useless to work with the bird one day and not the next. The biting problem must be addressed and stopped. Below are a few tips you can use. Always remember, do not get angry with your bird. This will only aggravate the situation. Your bird will know when you're upset and matters will only worsen.

  • During training sessions remove the bird from it's cage area. You want to be in a totally different location because you are removing the bird from its territory. This can help decrease the level of aggression shown. Your bird may be more willing to cooperate this way.
  • As I have stated in other articles on this blog, do not show any fear. I know its frightening having a large parrot nipping at your fingers. If you show fear however, you're asking to get bitten. Don't jerk away when reaching for the bird if he nips out of fear, the bird will sense this. Jerking away out of fear can make your bird more apprehensive about coming out of the cage and more aggressive towards you.
  • Utilize strategies such as tools. If you can't get your bird out of the cage because of aggressive biting, use a handheld perch or a welders glove. A welders glove will help keep you from getting injured if bitten. While the bird is biting, gently push your hand towards his beak and into his neck rather than jerk away. In turn this teaches the bird that biting is not going to make you go away.
  • As I stated above, do not get upset and loose your temper. Don't yell at the bird. Yelling does not let the bird know he has done anything wrong. Yelling will only reinforce the problem because the bird likes the reaction he is getting from you.
  • Be consistent with training. Don't work with the bird one day and skip the next. You must work daily to gain the trust from your bird. Repetition is a must to meet the goals you are working towards.
  • A bird is no different than any other animal. A good way to their heart is with treats. Talk in a calm soothing voice and offer your bird a treat if they do well. The bird will be more willing to work with you and understand there is a reward for doing good.
  • Keep your training sessions short, don't over due it. I suggest about 15 to 30 minute sessions everyday. Always remember, pet birds, especially parrots are very intelligent and very sensitive plus they tend to easily stress. They need to have fun and enjoy what they are doing. Make your training sessions fun for both of you.

If you are persistent, kind and gentle with your training efforts and follow these easy tips you will see progress rather quickly. Should your pet bird be so aggressive you simply cannot attempt this type of training, visit your local vet that specializes in avian medicine to rule out health problems. If medical problems are ruled out you need specialized services for training.

I always suggest the training course I have listed below. This is a guaranteed method of teaching any bird, even larger more difficult to deal with parrots. It's not a matter of your bird being mean or refusing to be trained. It's a matter of incorrect handling and teaching techniques. This course is the ultimate course and more than worth your investment for training any unruly bird. Give it a try, what do you have to loose? Click the link below, it will make a huge difference in you and your birds life next to immediately guaranteed!


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      5 years ago

      I have a large aviary with 3 Corella's in it. Recently I added a new corrella but he is so aggressive he attacked a lovely 76year old female until she was almost dead.

      I have removed the injured bird but don't know what to do about the aggressive one. Any ideas??

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      6 years ago

      im from r.i. and a friend just gave me her bird a blue frnt amazon, and he is aggsv, he also has a lrg lump on the right side of his neck, i've called the 5 vets in my area, and none are willing to see me becase of his aggsion, i need help finding some who will deal with him it's not his fault hes like this of that i am sure

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      7 years ago

      I have to disagree with much of what's written in this "blog." If you're getting bitten, you're doing something wrong. There is a huge rift between what professional animal trainers know, and how they accomplish their goals, and the incorrect information being pushed on to companion parrot owners.

      I'd suggest you do some research on applied behavior analysis, natural behaviors in captivity, and learning theories, at the very least. Steve Martin's Natural Encounters website is probably a good place to start.

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      8 years ago from La Porte

      Yea I have had my share of good chucks from large parrots removed. The sad thing is people just don't understand what they are getting into with large birds like this until the biting starts.

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      8 years ago from South Africa

      Hello there great hub. Dealing with an aggressive bird can be rather scary and dangerous, thank you for sharing


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