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Old 04-19-2016, 02:42 AM
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Unhappy attacking finger after giving spray millet :(

Albie is attacking my finger after giving he some spay millet (a few minutes ago actually) but not aggressively...what's going on?!

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I don't exactly know if your budgie was bitting you or he was just preening you, you see, your budgie will be "bitting" your hands and other parts of your body for the rest of his life.

Did he run away in his safe corner when you tried to touch him? Was he screeching? You can usually tell if a budgie is angry/scared by their bodylanguage.

I am not very experienced with budgie behaviour/bonding like other people here are, but that was how I started bonding with my budgies, I used to feed them seeds from my hand and they slowly got more confortable until they decided to jump on my hand and preen it even if I didn't have any special treats for them. Now they even come without any invitation on my hands or shoulder and start preening me.
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TheseDays has made a good point

If she was only nibbling you, and you felt her beak but no pinching "bite" sensation, she most likely either was trying to see if your fingers had any food on them, too, or if she was gentle, she was trying to preen your fingers.

However, if she was really biting you and it hurt, it could have been any number of things.
Were your hands in her cage? Many budgies don't like you to "invade" their space after they've fully and completely settled in and made it their home.

This could also come about because she is reaching puberty, which all budgies go through starting at 6-12 months of age, at which point her hormones will be higher than usual, causing moodiness, withdrawn behaviour, and slight aggression, especially territorially. If this is the case (which I think it is, as she is around 9 months old by now) then the best thing to do is to carefully watch her body language to know when she is okay with you putting your hand by her and when she isn't. Also, give her her "space", and don't put your hands in the cage too often. You can still interact with her, but during her moody period stick to talking to her and sitting close to her.

Generally in a few months everything is back to normal and she won't bite as much
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Greetings,starling has given you some great advice.I hope all goes Well soon.blessings and keep us posted.
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Hi... my girl Oscar (I know... ) bites me after having millet once in a while, too. She has a variety of bites, as described by others, but tonite, it was a for real bite. I didn't jump or pull back (for once) and the next minute, she hopped on my finger like, "what you looking at, huh?". I'm not sure what it was about. If it becomes a pattern, then I'll worry.
Has your Albie developed a pattern of biting you?
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Sorry i haven't been on lately guys! we've moved and its quite busy anyway, thanks for the advice! i really appreciate it! Albie seems a little cranky atm...but she steps up now, Ink on the other hand doesn't step up..well if one foot counts as stepping up then idk ...but we are getting a clicker in the mail!
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As mentioned by other members here: there is biting, and then there is preening. But there is also playtime and curiosity.

My two previous hens, Nutmeg and Luna are a good example of one who loves playtime and the other who bites and makes you bleed, but, it wasn't always this way. Let me explain.

Nutmeg and Luna, in my opinion, were homed in a neglectful environment. They needed to relearn that humans are not scary and that hands will not hurt. Nutmeg came around much much sooner than Luna and we developed a special bond. She loved to play with my fingers and land on my hand or near me just to play attack my fingers. Then she would fly off and do her thing, and then come back for more. They were the gentlest of nibbles and bites and she loved talking to me in her little trill. She was very dominant and had a heckuva lot of moxie. We had a hoot! and I was thoroughly entertained by her antics.

Luna was VERY different. It took a year to work with her to have her feel comfortable with me and my partner as flock mates. You couldn't touch her. She went into complete and utter flip out mood and if she managed to get her beak on you, she would mark you and make you bleed. She had a tremendously HARD bite for a small bird. The first year was hard, but she slowly progressed into feeling more comfortable with her surroundings and humans. She became very affectionate when SHE thought it was okay: nibbling my elbows, hopping on my shoulder, letting me stroke her chest area, preening my ear or giving me a kiss (the smallest of occasions) on my cheek and relearning what 'step up' is and flying and landing on my hand or arm.

Even with encouragement, Luna was still deeply cautious, which made me think that she was very abused or possibly attacked by another larger bird in her previous home. Still, I respected her boundaries and was very aware of them. My training with my birds is slightly different in that sometimes I had to push those boundaries just a little bit, but not to cause harm or stress, just to encourage a continued connection so that the bird was familiar with imprinting in the routine. You can do that more slowly, as well, but it really depends on the birds comfort zone. Luna, unfortunately, never really had a comfort zone, and would not be fully at ease with humans and more aggressive birds, which is why Nutmeg and Luna needed separate cages. Nutmeg also became very jealous if other birds received more attention than her so I had to be careful and encourage share time. I made a point of giving all my birds as much equal attention as possible. But Nutmeg was her own birdie, full of moxie that one.

In the end, not all biting or nibbling is bad. Budgies are super curious about most everything and really enjoy showing us just what they 'like' and what they can do. You will know what a BITE is. If it is gentle nibbling or biting, it is a move toward getting to know you a bit better and showing you other affectionate ways of saying "Hey, you're okay."

Just one word, regardless of the bite, do not pull away. They need to understand, no matter how painful that bite may be, that it doesn't affect you. Pulling away when they are biting hard allows them to condition to knowing that they have successfully subdued you. Of course, there is a time to engage and a time to take a break -- if your budgie is gentle one minute and changes their bite to be more aggressive, then it is time to give them a break and let them "cool their jet skis". Keeping them engaged, however, will help them to know that you are not going to hurt them, and that this thing (your hand) is safe.

Enjoy your budgie -- bites and all!
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