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..I know it's not really recommended to grab a bird and hold it until it stops biting, but I am seriously considering doing this with Dooby, because he has been such a little devil today. I thought maybe if I towelled him and just held him and took it from there. I don't know really, what to do for the best. I just can't let him bite me and not react, he really hurts. What do you think, should I give it a try or do you think it will make him worse? I'm open to any suggestions at the moment.
 

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hummm Iam not sure, I heard that the towel method is for getting a bird use to you (letting it know you won't hurt him) not for a biting problem. I looked at some of my books I have and it says to lower his cage, not give him eggs (high protein food) Don't let him come and go in and out of his cage alone, it has to be your choice and do things that are recommened for a hormonal tiel. Have you tried using gloves to protect you hands? You may have to resort to that. I would call your avian vet and see what he thinks as well, Hope this helps
 

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I've done all of the above Jaime and stuck with it, nothing works. I haven't tried gloves yet, I'm a bit reluctant to do that because I know that he will have to start all over again when I take the gloves off. I might just give it a go though, although when I have covered my hands with the ends of my sleeves, he just goes for the nearest bit of flesh, usually, he'll fly to my shoulder and bite my ear.
 

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He sure knows how to push you over the limit. :p Can you offer him the back of a clenched fist to bite until he gets tired of it? They can't usually pinch flesh then.
 

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Oh Bea, I really hate to say this, but I've tried that as well. At first it worked a bit, but.....having "old" flesh, it's not quite as young and firm any more and he can still really get hold of it and hang in there! If he can't manage to get hold he works his way along until he gets to the fleshy part at the base of the little finger and grabs that. I really am at my wits end with him now. I think I'm going to have to try gloves, I really didn't want to, but I think that's the only option that I haven't tried, that and towelling him.
 

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I would go with toweling before gloves, but that's just me. I really detest the use of gloves, because they just make hands scary and they don't do anything to help with the original issue because it will still be there exactly the same when the gloves become normal hands again.
 

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That's exactly why I didn't want to use gloves, they have to come off some time and then I figured it would be back to square one. So, I'll try towelling first then. He's just as nasty (yep, that's the word) today as he was yesterday, so the long sleep didn't do anything for his mood. He's just not a pleasure to have around at the moment. We are going out to the zoo now, so I'll give it a go later and see what happens. Also, his feathers have all grown back and he's flying around again now, so I might just clip his wings again to see if that will do anything. Sheesh, he drove me to tears yesterday with pain and frustration.
 

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Jaime.......I've tried it, first he was afraid of the clicker and threw himself around the cage every time I clicked it, then he just didn't get it or would go for my fingers and not the treat. I honestly think there are only three options left to me, towelling, gloves and leaving him as he is.
 

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If the towelling or glove don't work you could try and find a parrot behaviourist and talk to them :confused: It must be the terrible twos, really terrible. Your a good Mommy Iam sure you will figure something out :)
 

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Well this is a tricky situation, like you said Plukie there are only really three options left. I wouldn't use the gloves because like you said it would be back to square one. So the towelling might work but be sure your hand doesn't show when he has just been caught, because 'OUCH' it hurts if he gets hold of your
finger!! :blink:

My opinion is that toweling may just be for the best! Or you could see a proffesional on this subject.
GOOD LUCK!
 

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Thank you. I haven't started yet.....lol. When we first got Dooby from the breeder, he was afraid of hands, now I thought that was a little strange because he was "hand reared" but then I saw the way that the husband caught him to put him in the cage that I'd taken for him. Dooby was on a picture rail and the man just grabbed him, of course Dooby screamed, I didn't really like the way he did it, but I figured that as it was the last time that would ever happen, I wouldn't say anything. Anyway, of course when I got him home, he didn't like my hands, it took quite a while for him to accept my hands and to step up, then with his first moult and his first "hormonal frenzy" the hatred of hands came back and it's been like it ever since, only now Dooby is no longer a little baby bird,he has the strength of a big cockatiel and the confidence to go with it. He knows he hurts me and he knows that I will leave him if he bites, that is something I just can't avoid. So, this is where we are at now, I put my hands anywhere near him and he bites. He will fly to my arm, shoulder, head etc. with no problem, he just doesn't like hands....having said that, if he gets onto my shoulder he now attacks my ear, face, neck and anything else that he can get his beak to. He is a thug and I'm fast running out of ideas, so towelling is going to be done tomorrow....but who's to say that will work, I really don't think Dooby will ever change, he just doesn't like hands and can't be trusted to sit on my shoulder. Rosie, if you are reading this, how are you getting on with Willow, did you go through the same sort of thing with hands with him?
 

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Minnie is another one who is not allowed on my shoulder, she sits fine on it if your not moving but soon as I go to turn my head she beaks, one time I turned to talk to her and she got my face so for that she stays of it she can't be trusted.
 

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I know gloves aren't a good idea, but what about mittens? Or oven mitts? I mean you'll have a towel over your hands when you try it anyways. Maybe these might work as they don't have the individual fingers like gloves do. It still allows you some control cuz you'll be able to use your thumb.
 

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Thanks Aderyn, I've been on there and followed their instructions...it didn't work. He's happy enough in his cage, I've cleaned him out this morning, but it seems to me that he is getting territorial now.....I'm at my wits end with him.
 

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I'm just wondering if maybe you shouldn't try secluding him for a day? Leave him totally alone after giving him food and drink and whatever else he needs. See if that helps to calm him down. It might make him a bit meaner, but as 'tiels are social birds, I think being left alone might make him more likely to appreciate your company, and it's only for a day.
 

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So make sure he can't hear you. Stick him in a different room and go out for the day. Pack a picnic, go to the zoo, whatever you feel like as long as it gets the whole family out for the day. And once you've done that, use a different room for a 'time out' whenever he's really nasty. Don't use the 'punishment' regularly enough to make it a normal thing for Dooby, but he needs to learn that if he's going to be nasty he's going to be taken away from his family for ten minutes. It sounds so harsh, but it might just set him back to his old self. Good luck.
 
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