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    Nippy Linnie

    Hello everyone!



    I brought my baby Watson home a little over a week ago, and he's been very sweet, but the past few days he's been pinching rather painfully for no provoke-able reason- I know enough about birds to know that this means he's unhappy about something, but I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.. he's got fresh food, I bring him out every day, am I doing something wrong?

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    Annie

    Edit: I have read this is normal in babies to test boundaries and to establish dominance- So I'm prepared to work through this, but how long does a nippy phase last? How long do I keep him off my shoulder/ head? because he CERTAINLY likes trying to perch up there.
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    Re: Nippy Linnie

    He could be experiencing a heavy molt and is experiencing the pain from prickly pin feathers. This time of the year most birds are molting winter feathers and replacing them with summer. It is a difficult time for them. Try giving him lots of water to bathe in, or mist him if he will let you. Be careful when you are holding him that you do not disturb the pins and hurt him. Mine are all going through "pms" (parrot molting syndrome), right now and some of my sweetest birds want to be left alone and not handled much, so maybe your little Linnie is doing the same thing.
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    Re: Nippy Linnie

    I don't think he's molting quite yet- he's my first bird in many many years, and my first parakeet at that, but he seems to still have all his feathers, and I haven't noticed any floating around the cage. Just.. usual behavior with a bit more nip. I'm working on keeping him off my shoulder and saying "No!" When he opens his beak to bite me, but I don't think he's molting quite yet.

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    Re: Nippy Linnie

    Sounds like a testing baby. When he pinches ya, say no and place in cage. Then take him out and luv on him. Put him away when he nips and praise him when he is good. Also realize that an over stimulated bird will nip. This sounds normal and my little Paika tests the limits all the time with me and my other birds but he is catching on.
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    Oh CHILDREN, you're so AUDACIOUS. We're going to have fun learning this, haha.

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    Re: Nippy Linnie

    I dont get it. of course i am a little ditzy tonight
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    Re: Nippy Linnie

    I think your baby is totally normal. Keep offering millet spray etc whilst your handling him.
    Being over stimulated is a big thing too, as Javi said. My 2 babies get very nippy if I keep them out too long. I try and keep play times to 10 maybe 15 minute bursts.

    The nippy stage is different with all birds. Some go in and out, some don't nip at all. I also don't allow my birds on my head at all. But each to their own

    I must say though, he's a gorgeous little bird!!!!!

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    Thank you =] How long does this nipping phase last? He's being very sweet tonight, and it caught me a little off guard, haha!

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