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Old 02-09-2016, 02:32 AM
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I have had my budgie for 3 years and he has always been very passive but over the last week every time I put my hand into his cage to change food etc he attacks me.
Is this normal behaviour for a male budgie of his age or should I be worried that there is something wrong with his health and that is why he is protecting himself?
I would really appreciate some advice as I am a worried budgie mummy now!
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Old 02-09-2016, 04:47 AM
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There can be a few reasons for your budgie's change in behaviour. The first that comes to mind is a moult. Moulting budgies can certainly get more moody and will at times react with a bite when they don't feel like having a closer interaction with us and when they see there is a breach on the safe boundaries they have previously set with their owners. As the moult progresses, the budgie's mood will improve and soon they will be back to his normal, sweeter self.

Another factor that can have a negative impact on a budgie's behaviour is the presence of mirrors/mirrored toys on the cage, this is especially true when a budgie develops an unhealthy attachment to the reflection on the mirror and as a consequence they get over protective of the mirror and simply don't want to closely interact with the owner.
This can also be seen on other toys that budgies can be obsessive over and this can be see through over regurgitation towards the favourite toy and constant matings.
By removing the mirror and slowly weaning the budgie off the favourite toy he has been obsessing about and working on re-establishing the bond between owner and budgie, it's possible to correct the behaviour.
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aluz has given you excellent information.

How much time to you spend with your budgie on average per day?
Does he get out-of-cage time to fly and expend some of his pent-up energy?

We'd love to see some updated pictures of your little fellow.
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Many thanks for replying.
He is going through a very bad moult at the moment so it sounds like it's most probably that.
Hopefully the biting will stop once the moult stops but I'm being brave and when he does it I don't pull away so hopefully he will learn that biting achieves him nothing!
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Your budgie's mood can improve and change for the better even while he is actively moulting. You will have a better idea on his mood by watching his body language when you approach the cage. Once he shows more curiosity and moves closer to you when you are close to the cage, you will know that he is receptive to a closer interaction.

It's always best to respect the boundaries set by a pet bird and to not force a closer interaction against the bird's will as this can negatively affect the trusting bond. This goes for moody moulting birds and for the non-moulting ones who just want a bit of alone time.
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Just like people budgies do need some time to themselves occasionally, going through a moult, when it is nearly dark they are settling down for the night this is a particularly bad time to try and interact with them as they are tired and budgies do not have good night vision at all.
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One thing I've learned from my two are that the pin feathers are irritant to them, try to give your bird a bath in lukewarm water, not too hot! My birds seem to act a lot happier after the relief of a bath.
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Well it's weird he loves a bath but during his moult he never goes in it! He fluffs his feathers as if he is going in but never does!
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