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Old 01-26-2017, 05:39 PM
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Tundra, whom we got back in December is a very smart little guy. Very inquisitive. He's completely hand trained, comes when called and loves rubs.

I noticed though, sometimes he likes to nibble on my nails, tips of finger, ear lobes, and neck. Sometimes hard (well hard for a budgie which really is cake next to our Conure we had years ago!)

Tiki, our oldest, never did this. What's a good way to discourage this kind of nibbling?

The only thing I've done so far is if he doesn't nibble me while on my shoulder, like now, i give him a single millet seed. I think that is working. But occasionally when he's out with me in the day he's become nibbly.

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Why do you want to discourage it? I don't think it is a bad thing.
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Use distraction techniques and positive reinforcement, much like with a very small child. If he does something you don't want him doing, remove him from the area and give him a small toy or point out something else to look at to take his attention away from him nibbling you. When he does what you want, give him a treat and tell him "Good boy!". Try to distract with a different thing each time if you can so he doesn't learn to nibble on your just to get access to a specific item, and don't give him a treat as the distraction or this will just teach him nibbling = treat.
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Use distraction techniques and positive reinforcement, much like with a very small child. If he does something you don't want him doing, remove him from the area and give him a small toy or point out something else to look at to take his attention away from him nibbling you. When he does what you want, give him a treat and tell him "Good boy!". Try to distract with a different thing each time if you can so he doesn't learn to nibble on your just to get access to a specific item, and don't give him a treat as the distraction or this will just teach him nibbling = treat.
haha- yes! we don't want nibbling to = treat.

I was trying a bit of that tonight actually. When he'd get hard into nibbling I'd tell him to step up and praise him. I keep trying to change the environment. I should spice it up though like you said.

When he nibbled earlier I'd tell him to step up. If he was a good "calm" boy I'd then give him a little millet. Hopefully this will get him off this habit !

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