Why Cockatiel Bites? How to prevent cockatiel biting!

Why Cockatiel Bites? How to prevent cockatiel biting!

When bitten the first thing to do is retrieve your hand or whichever part with as little damage as possible.

10 Ways to Prevent Your Cockatiel From Biting

You can do this by moving the part the bird is holding onto, closer to its body, making it extremely inconvenient for the bird to continue biting and forcing it to let go.

Don’t ever beat the bird:

Because if you do you will reach an irredeemable situation.

The cause will be as good as a loss. Some trainers suggest that you give the bird “Time Out”.

Give it a stick to bite on or use a towel:

if required and move the bird to a cage other than its regular cage kept in another solitary portion of the house and keep it there for about

10-15 minutes with nothing or no one to interact with.

Subsequently, look for reasons for the bird’s aggressive behavior.

Its biting can be because of any number of reasons.

Feed, water, air, light, sleep, exercise, cage placement, and so on.

Monitor Dissatisfaction reasons:

If your pet is a happily satisfied bird there is no reason for it to bite.

Make sure that all these things are in order. Don’t ever give the bird the opportunity to bite you.

Follow a proper step-up routine:

Think about the possible opportunities. Perhaps the time you try the “step-up”

when the bird is on its favorite perch is when it will be tempted to bite you.

This can be avoided if you go about the “step-up” routine properly.

Take your hand to the bird from below to just the right height all the while maintaining eye contact with it.

Use a coaxing/congratulatory tone:

But when you have to be firm let the bird know your displeasure from the tone of your voice. Do not shout at the bird.

Another way of not giving the bird the opportunity to bite is to read its mood.

Sometimes for reasons best known to the bird, it will not be in the mood.

Increase interaction with your pet bird:

Anyone who regularly interacts with the bird can see this easily.

At such times let the bird alone. It’s only when you force the bird to do things that it does not want to, it will resort to biting.

Biting does not come naturally to the bird. In the wild, they don/t bite each other.

They do show displeasure in their natural habitat by raising their crown feathers or by growling or feigning an attack.

They don’t actually bite each other:

Even this show of aggression is only when their territory or nest is threatened.

Even in captivity, most birds show displeasure through body language.

This happens when the bird is off-color or feels threatened.

In such situations, it’s best to leave the bird alone and try to locate the cause of its displeasure.

Myriad reasons:

Biting behavior in Cockatiels can be because of myriad reasons.

You may not be able to put a finger on one specific reason and say “this is it!”.

Start the “step up” and “step down” commands when the bird is still young and it is still being hand-fed.

Create a relationship with the bird.

Make affection mutual. Fulfill all the bird’s basic needs.

Read the bird’s moods and never give it the opportunity to bite.

Hope this info will help you create a better relationship with your cockatiel.

Scroll to Top