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Even if you purchase a handfed baby from the most reputable bird breeder you can find, it is virtually guaranteed that at one point or another, you or your children will be bitten. While the vast majority of these bites will not be made in aggression, it’s almost impossible for a bird not to “bite” to a certain extent when being handled. Birds use their beaks as a “third hand” to help them grasp and climb, and this natural behavior can be easily misinterpreted by kids as a sign that the bird is not their friend. Before bringing a bird home, discuss handling and interacting with birds with your family, and, if possible, visit a breeder or pet store for a hands-on learning experience.