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Is My Bugie Biting Because Hes Scared Of My Hand?

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I have a 3 month old budgie who bites. If i Have food in my hand or some millet he will step on and eat and try and nibble on my hand. But if i put my hand any where near him when. Ont have food he will bite me. Please help!!!!!!

 

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he may be curious. baby or young budgies are curious to their surroundings and the only way they can investigate is by their beaks. if he was also biting when you have food in your hand - that is a different story. it may even be a case of him trusting you. just be patient with him and im sure if you handle him well and you just keep at what you are doing - he will learn to trust you better. i wouldn't be too concerned as of yet. tame him while his is young and easy

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I had one of the baby budgies bite me very hard this week when it was bed time and everyone was in their cages except the youngest. I don't like to grab at the budgies but someone once told me not to react to even the worst bite. I found this advice useful because as I watched the baby bite me I softly stroked his cheek as I put him in with his parents. He seemed to me just like he was reacting to something evolutionary to protect him from predators. Like a last ditch effort to save his life. Although I did handle them to clean their nest he still seemed to just be reacting out of instinct much like a mouse caught by a snake. Yesterday the father was at the door begging for some flying time. I hesitated because I thought it would be hard if all his flock got out but he just kept coming to the door and propping his head up and staring at me with that one big begging eye.

 

After half an hour I caved in. The father first left the cage with his eldest sons in tow. Then the mother flew onto the opening of the door and looked at me intently as if to ask permission. When she left the two eldest girls followed her. They flew around and had a great time and after a while the parents started to go in and out of the cage, as if to say this way children. One by one the babies all entered the cage as if they understood the parents cue. Only the youngest was out on the door of the cage. I observed him carefully and it seemed like he was lost as to how to go into the cage. I approached him gently and he flew to the other side of the door. I sat back down thinking he really didn't know the way in and had every intent of finding it. It took him a few seconds and then he found the door. Everyone was safe inside without me handling them.

 

Even if our birds understand we are not dangerous there is always the instinct of survival, like a blinding flash of light it inhabits them. I have had extremely tame budgies when I was a child so I know that after a while they learn to overcome their instinct. I already see so much difference in my adult birds which do not bite at all. At three months your budgie is still so young and learning. Eventually they may even fly down from the curtain rod to an out-held finger. Let your budgie bring out the Jane Goodall in you.

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