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Okay so, I have had my budgie since September, and I have slowly worked my way up to using millet to get my hen to hop onto my finger. I have noticed some behavior that I haven't been able to find anywhere else(apologize if there's a thread somewhere here.)

 

Basically, my hen will hop onto my finger for the millet, but sometimes bite me pretty hard, enough to turn the area red or leave an indent. I've tried to ignore it to see what happens, but she will literally keep going until I put her down or she goes back to the millet.

 

I have also tried getting her to step up without the millet, and it's the same result. She goes crazy biting the heck out of my hand. Will step up without issue, either with or without millet, but this biting thing has me baffled and I'm not sure what to do?

 

Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

TIA

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Hi,

 

If you check this topic I believe finnies answer may be able to give you some information

 

http://forums.budgie...topic=33241&hl=

 

Thanks

 

Appreciate it. Thank you.

In that thread it seems as though that specific budgie's biting was non-aggressive? My budgie's bites are in rapid succession and do not cease. It seems like an aggressive response, at least to me. Should I still continue with simply ignoring it?

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I don't really know how things go with taming, but I believe ignoring it would be best as the bird is no longer getting a reaction and will soon get bored of the habit.

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Ignoring may be the best option, I have a female that does the exact same, except a few exceptions when she drew blood. But it is important that you aren't pulling away fast if you are, unsure if you are. Biting (aggressive biting especially) is a symbol of dominance, if you are allowing her the satisfaction this may be causing an issue, sometimes like cats and dogs, a squirt of water will show them that if they continue there will be consequences, of course you need to do it from a safe distance, preferably on a mist so that it doesn't hurt them, but more surprise them, if that makes sense. I do this to mine, and it seems to work eventually. I Wish you the best of luck. (By the way females are usually more aggressive then females, although you may already of known that) =)

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Ignoring may be the best option, I have a female that does the exact same, except a few exceptions when she drew blood. But it is important that you aren't pulling away fast if you are, unsure if you are. Biting (aggressive biting especially) is a symbol of dominance, if you are allowing her the satisfaction this may be causing an issue, sometimes like cats and dogs, a squirt of water will show them that if they continue there will be consequences, of course you need to do it from a safe distance, preferably on a mist so that it doesn't hurt them, but more surprise them, if that makes sense. I do this to mine, and it seems to work eventually. I Wish you the best of luck. (By the way females are usually more aggressive then females, although you may already of known that) =)

 

Thanks for the advice.

Actually I posted this then found a thing on slight hand tilting whenever the budgie bites. This seems to have immediately corrected the behavior and now we're getting along great.

 

Appreciate everyone who answered this. :)

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Thanks for the advice.

Actually I posted this then found a thing on slight hand tilting whenever the budgie bites. This seems to have immediately corrected the behavior and now we're getting along great.

 

Yes I have read that too, about hand tilting.

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