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Old 06-07-2018, 09:36 PM
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My budgie is 9 or 10 months old and we still haven't gotten the hand training thing right. She is extremely loving and cuddly and will sit on my shoulder, lap, head, next to me on the couch, anything except my hand. When I go up to her with my finger she scurries away. If i say "come here" she hops on but then immediately hops off. When I hand feed her she'll sit on my hand but bite my fingers every few seconds, especially if i start to move the food away (millet). And sometimes when I'm sitting on the couch with her she'll actually seek out my hand and jump on my hand just to start biting it. Sometimes I think its her trying to get me to play with her because she seemed to enjoy wrestling with my fingers a few times but other times I can tell she's just biting just to bite.

The bites aren't hard but I'm sure it could progress into a worse problem. How should I react to her biting? Do I scold her or ignore it or something else?


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Old 06-07-2018, 10:41 PM
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Don't scold but simply have your hand "exit" when biting is what you consider hard. Like many animals, play can be interpreted differently, based on mood and recent experience.
Female budgies can be a bit more "chewy" minded and if you've allowed her to play with your hand, their beak is used like a hand. Just smoothly remove your hand when this happens or substitute a favorite chew toy or a small natural tree (safe) branch. Some of this behavior can also be related to her hormones of puberty treating your hand as a "rival".
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Lemon bites my hands all the time. Usually it's playing but if she thinks I'm going to touch her and she's not okay with it she'll bite hard. I just pull my hands away and redirect. Sweetie has never bitten me that I can recall.
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My girl is pretty good about not biting but when she gets too excited she definitely can bite and it hurts! Budgies are experts in reading body language and reading vocal cues, so we've established that me saying "No, Mallorn, gently, gently" means she's biting too hard. Usually this does the trick. She knows her name, and what "no" means, and my tone of voice and body cues communicate to her that she's hurting me and needs to stop.

I wouldn't scold her, but figure out a cue that can communicate to her that she's being too rough It may take some time, but I think you can redirect her biting into something else. If she gets too rough, for example, present her with a favorite toy, for instance.
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