How do I get my Parakeet to stop snipping at me?
I do all day interaction, holding, playing etc but he is always snipping when I bring my hand or finger near him. We got him a week after being a piranhakeet. so we didn't get him too late.
This is a fairly common problem among owners of parrots. It will take a while to resolve and there will be setbacks, and it would be helpful to speak to an avian vet if you have one in your area. The first thing to work out is why is your bird behaving like this? What’s in it for him? Maybe he’s reaching sexual maturity (you don’t mention his age), maybe he’s feeling defensive. Boredom can be another cause, as you’ve recognized with your comment on the amount of interaction he gets.
You will need to teach your bird to respond to you positively. Reward him for any interaction with you that doesn’t involve snipping. Don’t use your hands initially – use a stick or piece of dowel for him to step onto, and use a little cup on a stick for his reward. The treat needs to be something that your bird really likes and will work for. As he learns that interacting with you is positive, then you can start to approach him with your hands. Another important part of his management is for you to learn about bird body language. In many cases, birds indicate that they’re going to snip well before they do so. If you can recognize the subtle signals you can stop your interactions on a positive note and pop him back in his cage with a treat. If you find that these suggestions aren’t working for you then it’s time to seek more specific advice from a behaviorist
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