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Lorikeet baby beaks and licks EVERYTHING

beaktomie

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I am new to owning lorikeets, and let me preface this by saying I love this baby. I’ve never met a more confident bird, maybe that’s a lorikeet thing..
But thing is, she beaks and licks EVERYTHING, and she does it quite hard. My fingers and phone are her favourites, there is no rest. When she beaks too hard I snatch my fingers away, say “No, too hard” in a low voice and place her away from me, and ignore her. She just runs back to me and continues to beak.
Is there anything else I could be doing, and will this behaviour get better with age?
I’ve owned four cockatiels in the past and never had this problem with any of them, so I realise it’s probably a lorikeet thing. She’s only 14 weeks old, so is it baby exploring behaviour?
 

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Hello Tomie, Welcome to the Avenue :)

Earlier this year I babysat a young lory and he would lick me with that weird tongue quite a lot. I´m not sure if it is normal. He didn´t nip or beak though, just lick.
I´ll tag @minkylory , they may know a lot more than me!
 

minkylory

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I am new to owning lorikeets, and let me preface this by saying I love this baby. I’ve never met a more confident bird, maybe that’s a lorikeet thing..
But thing is, she beaks and licks EVERYTHING, and she does it quite hard. My fingers and phone are her favourites, there is no rest. When she beaks too hard I snatch my fingers away, say “No, too hard” in a low voice and place her away from me, and ignore her. She just runs back to me and continues to beak.
Is there anything else I could be doing, and will this behaviour get better with age?
I’ve owned four cockatiels in the past and never had this problem with any of them, so I realise it’s probably a lorikeet thing. She’s only 14 weeks old, so is it baby exploring behaviour?
I raised my lorikeet from about 4-5 weeks old and started getting bitey and licky at about that age too. I think its just a lorikeet thing, my 15 y/o lorikeet licks a lot as well. mine still bites but its 80% of the time a play thing, other times its doing something that he didn't like (even if you didn't do anything). when they get overstimulated they tend to bite as well. hope this makes sense :D haha
 

beaktomie

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I raised my lorikeet from about 4-5 weeks old and started getting bitey and licky at about that age too. I think its just a lorikeet thing, my 15 y/o lorikeet licks a lot as well. mine still bites but its 80% of the time a play thing, other times its doing something that he didn't like (even if you didn't do anything). when they get overstimulated they tend to bite as well. hope this makes sense :D haha
Thanks!! good to know it seems to be a lorikeet thing, the breeder didn’t seem too concerned about it either lol.
I think she’s just a really playful bird but I’m still gonna do my best to correct her when she bites too hard, I don’t want her biting my finger off when she gets bigger lol.
 

minkylory

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Thanks!! good to know it seems to be a lorikeet thing, the breeder didn’t seem too concerned about it either lol.
I think she’s just a really playful bird but I’m still gonna do my best to correct her when she bites too hard, I don’t want her biting my finger off when she gets bigger lol.
don't worry too much, mine only bite really hard if you startle them. just remember to try not make any reaction lol.
 
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