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Hello all , I recently joined the forum a week or two ago and posted a pic of my little Smokey on the introductions section.

He's a lovely little guy and is taming very quickly , he's sitting on my shoulder , head and hands already . He even preens himself while on my finger and goes for a sleep when I take to him softly.

But over the last couple of days he has taken a disliking to my eyebrows , ears and finger tips . This seems strange to me because he seems so calm all of the time
And seems to enjoy my company .

I have only had him for 8 weeks so it's still early days , just thought I would make a post to see if I could get some advice on this behaviour from more experienced budgie owners .

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Is Smokey actually biting or is he just lightly nibbling on you?
If he's gently nibbling, then he's actually "preening" you which is what budgies often do with their friends/flock-mates.

If he is actually biting, it may be due to the fact that he's reaching his hormonal "teen-age" phase. Is he molting?

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Thank you for the very useful info .
Yes he is molting , I'm guessing he's just grumpy and hormonal, poor wee man .

He will nibble my beard but when he's close to my ear he really goes for it .
At first I thought he was playing with me but I'm realising now he's not ! What should I do when he bites , atm I'm just letting him bite me and not reacting as he's to small to hurt me .
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It would be good if you gently move him away from your shoulder and distract him with a toy so he doesn't think your ear is fair game to munch on whenever he chooses to do so.

You might want to consider working with him on clicker training to keep him focused and occupied.
A busy bird is much less likely to be a bitey boy!

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