Hi, I have two male Quakers that are around seven and six months old and that I am assuming are mated to each other (they are always trying to make babies). Whenever I put my finger close to them or get a bit too close with skin showing they will bite down. They bite down pretty hard but haven't done it hard enough to like take chunks out of my skin, but I am starting to get small scars in areas. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to stop their aggression as it really does hurt. I do target training with them currently and they have taken really good to that. My older bird does step up occasionally without problems, but the other one absolutely refuses. I let them roam around outside of their cage and they have plenty of toys to play with. I'm just not really sure how to proceed and I don't want to make the problem any worse by scaring them. If anyone has any advice on what I could do to stop their biting that would be really appreciated!
Post by newquakermom2 on Apr 16, 2020 2:49:48 GMT -5
Hi, target training is a really good start, and since they are responding well to it, continue working with them. Work individually with each of them and hopefully while doing so, you can also build up their trust and work on stepping up. Are you sure that they are both males? I am sure someone else will be on that can offer more advice, but I would stick with the target training for now.
Hi, Thank you so much for your advice. I will continue to work with them on target training. I hadn't thought of working with them individually, that's a good idea! I was told that they were males when I got them so that's what I have stuck too. Hopefully it all goes well .
Hi and welcome! Perhaps you could also try limiting their out of cage time and letting them out after they have NOT been biting (hopefully they will associate this free time with good behaviour). Just a thought. You could also let them out one at a time rather than together. Maybe training first, then reward with roaming free time?