I am a new bird parent and so am still learning the ropes. My new 3 month old Norman has started to adore 'scratchies' and asks for them almost constantly. I have noticed however that when I will be scratching him he kind of 'mouths' me, like my doggie Bonnie would do.
His is doing tiny little nips, they don't hurt at all and are super light but then stops and wants more. He doesn't move away or look stressed in any way...
When I first got Peppy, he would bite me, hard, when I displeased him. Now I get a warning beaking instead. My grey will beak me as a display of affection. If you pay close attention to how he looks when beaking, it will be easier to tell when he's actually going for the bite later, and help you avoid it.
Quaker Peppy (RIP my sweet pea), CAG Allie, dogs Wanda and Bonnie, feral kitties Cleo and Antoinette, mice Charlotte and Emily, née Jake and Elwood
My Quaker Groot is doing the little nibbles and tasting thing with his tongue (beaking). Little by little the nibbles become harder and harder. Does this beaking behavior stop at a certain age? First I tell him "be nice" then it is "no biting". I don't want to him to start biting. Should I use the 30 second rule?
Yeah, if the beaking becomes nipping/biting, just remove him for a few minutes (he loses his sitting on your shoulder privileges!). Then let him back again to prove he's learnt something. 3rd strike and he's 'out' for good - for today, anyway