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Hey everyone!
Quick question about my budgie. I have read lots about biting- but Bijou seems to be 'chewing' on my skin and taking chunks out of it (yes, yes it is painful). Now, she will happily fly to my hand, it doesn't seem to be a fear based or territorial thing. Also, if she sits on my shoulder, she will chew on my neck/shoulder skin. I have tried not reacting, then started doing step-ups. Now with the step-ups she will just fly away then come back and start 'attacking' my hands again. I have read about putting lemon on my skin to deter her- but seen on other posts that this is too acidic for budgies. I give her fruit and veg everyday (she doesn't eat much fruit), she has a cuttlebone in her cage, a vitamin block, I give her oyster shells and extra nutrients when she is moulting.
If anyone has any suggestions or there is something I have missed- I would greatly appreciate it. I'm trying to not react to the biting but it is really painful (like I said she is practically eating my skin), and the step-ups seem to have turned into a game with her. This behaviour is worse when she is molting or in condition but it constant regardless. I don't think she fears me- she will happily come to me and lands on me anywhere so I'm feeling a bit lost. Thank you in advance.

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Old 02-06-2017, 04:19 PM
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How old is your budgie at this time and is she in breeding condition?
I've found that when my birds are more hormonal they have a greater tendency to want to bite.
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She is currently molting and her nares are quite crusty. She is about 10 months old. She does this even when she isn't in condition though. However, she is significantly worse right now. I have given her as much 'crunchy' stuff to chew on as possible.
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It sounds as if her hormones are especially heightened at the moment which is why she's biting more than usual.

Giving her shredding toys and chewing toys is a good way to help divert her interest in using you as a chew toy.

Additionally,I would suggest you start working with her using positive reinforcement training and possibly clicker training.
Keeping her engaged and occupied in learning new things will be helpful.
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Thank you!
I think you are right- I just got her to play with a bell and she was rolling around playing for like 45 mins straight. I think she just needed some stimulation and playtime. Thanks so much
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