Our QP is 5 years old and was hand raised by my daughter and 3 year old granddaughter. My granddaughter is now 8 and Lovey adores when she dances, sings and skips around, Lovey does "up and down" with her. Unfortunately, when Lovey is out of her cage she rushes to my granddaughter and bites her scalp, ear, and forehead. Leyna is so frightened of her that I'm at wits end.
Hi and welcome to the forum, it sounds like Lovey is a typical QP, they love drama. She has figured out she can get a big reaction biting your granddaughter. There could be may ways to solve to try to solve this some ways more drastic then others. For starters if she flies at your granddaughter and attacks you could say no bite and place her straight back into her cage. It is probably impossible for an 8 year old not to react. More drastic would be to have her wings clipped so that she couldn't fly up and attack. Usually a bird with clipped wings can still fly but usually not get any height. Or the safest, not allow her out of the cage when your granddaughter is in the room. Maybe a combination of things will end up working
Luckily for me Casey isn't much of a flyer, unless she thinks she is missing out on something yummy. My grandchildren stay clear of her open beak as they pass by her cage She was clipped when she was young and if she flew we always returned her to her cage.
I hope you can find something that works for you and hopefully others will come on with more ideas
Post by waterloggedfun on Jul 19, 2019 20:57:41 GMT -5
Few questions: does Lovey always do this? Or does it happen under certain circumstances? Does your granddaughter live in the same home as Lovey or does she visit?
Suggestion: Keep lovey in the cage until you can trust her. Have your granddaughter provide food and treats whenever possible to associate her with positive things. Use target training to redirect Loveys attention. Once target trained (can be done in 1 -3 days), you can have her fly to wherever you point the target stick instead of her wanting to fly to her head and bite she will be more motivated to touch the target stick for a reward. Don't clip wings, this usually does more harm than good.
Hope this helps.
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