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hello! i have a male cockatiel who is a year old, and he’s developed a bad habit of chewing on my skin. (he’s trying to do it as i type!) i know that parrots like to preen you, but this does not seem like preening behavior. instead of gently preening like normal, he literally tries to bite chunks out of my skin. whenever he’s on me, he’ll dig his beak into wherever he can and rip. and it hurts like ****! this isn’t aggressive behavior, but it’s getting persistently worse. i’ve tried covering the area and firmly telling him no, and placing him down somewhere else. the problem with the second option is that he’s fully flighted and will just fly right back to me and continue. i have absolutely no intentions of clipping him. i’ve heard of the method of placing him in the cage for a few minutes, but i don’t want him to view the cage as a punishment.

i would also like to note that he’s on an all-seed diet but i am in the process of converting him to a healthier diet. he gets 12-14 hours of sleep each night. he went for a routine checkup two weeks ago and the vet said he was healthy.

tl;dr my cockatiel likes to rip off my skin and it isn’t aggressive behavior. anyone know why he’s doing this, and what i can do to stop him? does he like the taste of my blood? is he bored and wanting to chew on something, aka me? i’m at a loss and really need help!
 
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