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Old 09-16-2017, 09:41 PM
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Question My budgie won't stop biting

hi,
So i am in the middle of taming my budgie belle, she is doing really well with being comfortable with my hand.
she definitely is not afraid of my hand anymore.
we are learning how to step up onto my finger and she steps up no problem! and actually comes to my hand wherever i put it in the cage.
the only problem is that when she does get on my hand she starts nibbling my finger non stop and occasionally bites that pinches me and hurts a bit.
is there a reason why she's doing this?
is she just really excited to see my hand?
and what can i do to stop this?
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Old 09-17-2017, 05:36 AM
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There are various reason why she could be biting:
Birds will often bite to 'test' the perch before stepping onto it, it could be an extension of this.
She may just be playing a little too intensely.
She may be scolding you for moving her or being a little cage territorial.
She may just have a more bitey personality particularly if in breeding condition.

If you are certain that she is feeling confident when on your hand, then you can try to distract her, either by using toys/food or by a VERY SLIGHT shake or twist of your finger to make her temporarily just slightly off balance.
Keep in mind that she might need a reason to be on your finger, if she isn't being given a treat or taken somewhere fun or involved in something she finds engaging, then she'll either fly off or make her own entertainment... which might be a bit of nibbling.
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Julia has given you excellent advice.

I've also found that some of my budgies prefer being offered the back of my hand rather than a finger to step up on.

I'm not sure how old your budgie is, so I'd recommend you also read the information in this link:
https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-behavi...ggressive.html
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I had a similar issue with my budgie Belle. She would step up just fine, but often try to nibble or bite my finger afterwards. It's gotten better. What I do is when she bites is I redirect her by asking her to step up again onto my other finger. If she bites again, I ask her to step up again. Once she steps up without biting I would give her a piece of millet. This makes the good behaviour more desirable to her. Now that she's doing it less, if I need to ask her to step up again, and she does without biting, I'll put her on her play gym and leave her be.

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yeah I've read that before but usually like its just nonstop and then she will like just step and step all over my finger or hand just biting as if she's just like so excited and when she starts that i usually will put her back on her perch but takes a while for her to get off because she will not stop nibbling. she is about 4 months old so i don't think she's in the breeding behavior yet..
ill try out a few things that will get her to stop and lets hope that in time she will
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yeah I've read that before but usually like its just nonstop and then she will like just step and step all over my finger or hand just biting as if she's just like so excited and when she starts that i usually will put her back on her perch but takes a while for her to get off because she will not stop nibbling. she is about 4 months old so i don't think she's in the breeding behavior yet..
ill try out a few things that will get her to stop and lets hope that in time she will
By putting her back on her perch as soon as she starts biting, you may actually be reinforcing the behaviour. Have a read through this sticky.

Biting - A Learned and Often Avoidable Behaviour

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It's a young budgie thing from my experience and she will grow out of it. I fed into the behavior with Spirit, making it a game to play with my fingers. Jax is in this stage right now and he LOVES to chew on my fingers and face when I give him kisses. He does it sweetly though, it never hurts. Spirit used to do it harder and sometimes it would hurt and I'd make a HUGE deal whenever he hurt me. "THAT HURT! WHY DID YOU HURT ME?" I'd say in a really sad voice. The next time he'd bite me it would be WAY softer. I feel like they're like a baby teething. They have to put everything in their mouth and taste it.
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It's a young budgie thing from my experience and she will grow out of it. I fed into the behavior with Spirit, making it a game to play with my fingers. Jax is in this stage right now and he LOVES to chew on my fingers and face when I give him kisses. He does it sweetly though, it never hurts. Spirit used to do it harder and sometimes it would hurt and I'd make a HUGE deal whenever he hurt me. "THAT HURT! WHY DID YOU HURT ME?" I'd say in a really sad voice. The next time he'd bite me it would be WAY softer. I feel like they're like a baby teething. They have to put everything in their mouth and taste it.
I wouldn't recommend using this approach for resolving biting. By giving your budgie attention and making a "big deal" out of it, you may actually be encouraging him to bite.
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