Whenever I try to get my budgie on my finger (usually when he's on his playgym or his cage),he makes an effort to not simply bite, but practically attack my hand. It's almost like he is trying any possible way to hurt me by repeatedly biting different parts of my hand. He has never drawn any blood,but it still hurts!!!
BUT, when my husband comes over (again,when he's on his playgym or cage) our budgie seems to make an effort to hop right onto his finger WITHOUT biting him at all!
There are times when he won't bite me, such as when he's already on my hubby's finger and transfers him to my finger, or if he flies to my finger/arm out of his own free will he usually won't bite me.
I just don't know why he's doing this,and it's super frustrating. Does he hate me? Does he sense even an ounce of fear out of him biting me again?Is it something silly,like him thinking my hand is millet (because I do give him millet everytime he steps on my finger or a wood perch without biting).
Another note, out of me and my husband, my husband tends to have a more dominant personality with our "budgie", than I do. Not sure if that would have anything to do with it? I am also the primary caregiver,changing out his food/water,cleaning the cage,changing the newspapers,etc.
On a side note, I have done what a lot of sites have suggested on "ignoring" the biting,as in not reacting with any sound or pulling my finger away, but it hasn't been working.
Hi, he might have developed some sort of fear to your hand, could be biting because of that. Not sure why he would be scared. It could be also hormonal, if he is molting or hit the teenage stage 6-7 months old (how old is your budgie?), they get aggressive at those times and bite no reason. Also when I go out of town I leave my budgie for boarding to a local exotic bird shop and he always gets upset the first couple days after I pick him back up and sometimes attempts to bite or yell at me, even though he never bites me normally. I wonder if you try to distract the biting by using a favorite toy? I feel like budgies act more close to one person in the house even though they can still interact with other members of the house, at least that has been my experience.
Your budgie can be instinctively reacting to the vibe you transmit.
Budgies are able to pick our negative emotions, feelings of frustration, sadness, fear, anxiety, etc.
If you feel anxious about a potential bite coming from him, that will also negatively impact the close interaction you have with him.
It's important to be as calm as possible to forget about all the problems and envelop yourself in positivity. When you are about to interact with your budgie, pay attention to his body language and respect the safe boundaries set by him. By doing so, you will be avoiding getting bitten. Using positive reinforcement techniques that reward good behaviour will also be a vital method to decrease or even end the biting when you want him to step onto your finger.
The information at the Taming and Bonding sections will be very useful.
You can start by reading these links below: https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-behavior.html
Thank you for your input. Though,I don't understand why he would have fear towards my hand? I have always been gentle towards him, and from day 1 went by the book to gain his trust. He will also eat out of my hand pretty readily, so I don't know if it's a fear thing. The only time he bites me is when I try to get him to perch on my finger.
I don't know for certain, but I believe he's approximately a year old.
My budgie went through a biting stage around 5/6 ish months. We got past it. But it required a lot of work and patience on my part. Lots of observation re. when he will and will not bite, & it was up to me to avoid it. One way I did was to at times use a chopstick or perch to have him step-up if I was uncertain of his will or mood in that moment. If he willingly stepped up onto the perch or stick, he was feeling mellow. And would transfer to my hand. If he bit the stick, he wanted to stay put and was feeling cranky. Highest bite times were morning and evening ( when he's tired. ) Is your bird molting? And it could be hormones / a phase. Observe when and why he wants to bite you and avoid it. The stick / perch thing really came in handy for me for that. My budgie still bites me on occasion, but this normal. It's a natural part of bird ownership. If he bit me it's because I was pushing him or not paying attention. Also he'll bite me if he gets too excited. Also normal. For some reason the sleeves of my puffy coats make him go crazy and he'll nibble on my sleeve and then nip my hand in the chaos of his excitement over the sleeve. ( Perhaps because the coats may have down in them? I just thought of that now. Not sure what they're filled with. ) I found the biting goes away it just takes lots of observation, patience, and behavior modification on my end. Remember though even the sweetest and most bonded budgies can bite on occasion for various reasons. I've accepted this, but didn't know about it until I read a lot of posts in this forum.
That's an interesting comment from FaeryBee re. offering the back of the hand or your arm. In hindsight, I would do that to avoid bites and it worked.
It also sounds like your budgie might be behaving in a territorial way, which is what they do sometimes. My budgie went through a territorial phase with his cage and his play gym. He saw both of those areas as "his" and he would protest me invading his very personal space. At those times I kept my fingers away from him and tried other ways to get him in and out. (Distracting him with a favorite toy also helped sometimes as well.)