Hello there! Im having a bit of problems with my baby, his names Sky Blue. I got him beggining on febuary and hes doing well, he was flighted the first month we had him and earlier this week i think it was saterday i got him clipped. Theres alot of controversy over it I know. But hes become more affectionate i think. Theres only one problem, whenever i go to pick him up he bites me, and it hurts quite abit. Is there anything i do? Ive been ignoring it for a few days but its not helping. He is also trying to fly and falling is that harmfull to him if he lands to hard? I got him from the pet store fully flegded and his cere is completely blue. Thanks, any help would be apperciated!
How exactly do you "pick him up"? When did the biting start?
Also, I may be reading you wrong, but it sounds to me like you had him clipped to where he cannot fly at all? Maybe consider next time to just get him clipped to reduce his range. If at all possible, birds need at least some flight to stay healthy. I have had a few (and currently one) that were completely flightless for health reasons, and in my experience they tend to develop problems associated with lack of exercise.
Its 1 of 3 ways depening where he is, but usually one finger on his belly saying step up, when hes on the floor it palm up close to his belly, then when hes on my should its the top of my hand, ive tried different ways of picking him up but he still bites. And the day after his wings were clipped, ill try to get a picture, we had him done at the petstore we got him from, cause we couldnt pay for a vet at that point and his flight was getting to be a hastle. Hes running around alot, and whenever he can he flutters to the floor, is that not enough? First bugdie c:
Whenever your budgie starts to start biting you, firmly say "no Sky Blue" and make him repeatedly step up on each finger (referred to as laddering). This will teach him that every time he hears "no," he will be forced to step up many times and that will discourage him from biting. Also, whenever you go to get him from his cage and he doesn't bite you, give him a little bit of millet or a food he loves. This way he'll start learning to not bite you. Thanks Pavlov! (if anyone remembers who he is )
If I were you I would use a small pencil or other object as a perch to get him to step up onto.
Budgies do not like to be picked up naturally, When you say it was a hassle having him flighted do you refer to his not stepping up and not being able to catch him when you wanted to?
It is still very early on in your bonding and he needs to be able to feel confident an relaxed when you want him to step up. Remember he is a living thinking creature with his own thoughts he will not always do as you want.
Also only use one method of picking him up the finger offered to him. He will be confused having a hand, a finger .
By your photo he's mature or at least past the baby molt, but also could
be considerably older. That said, older birds are more set in their ways..
used to flying, and dealing with grabbing hands. Likely be a longer taming process. Move slowly, allow him time to adjust, give him time. Maybe wait a week or two before trying to get him out of the cage, maybe longer. Offer millet by hand or treat cup but I wouldn't force stepping
up until he has relaxed in his new home. Bird can't be forced to do things. Might try a short dowel (8"or so) instead of your finger. Likely won't try to bite that. Be patient. Good luck.
I think you got some good answers to the biting part already, so I'll give you my opinion on your other answer - remember there's nothing set in stone in that area, and differnet people think different ways about this.
For me and my birds, that would be clipped too close. The bird doesn't understand clipping means he can't fly and he will try - fall - potentially hurt himself. This will likely happen every time his feathers have grown back. The bird doesn't understand what happened - he just knows something is wrong. You can't explain to him what or why.
I have had several (and currently have one) permanenlty flightless birds due to injuries or congenital conditions (my birds are rescues, I get them with all kinds of things wrong with them), and in my experience a bird not or barely able to fly is also going to look at health issues from lack of exercise, or not the right kind of exercise. Their bodies need those flight muscles to be developed, and they tend to put on way too much weight way too quickly if they cannot fly.
Then, and this may tie into your biting problem, there's the stress from being unable to get away. Before you had him clipped, he could risk a potentially dangerous situtation more easily. He could step on your finger, and if it turned out not to be safe, he could fly off. So in addition to having a confused bird because that thing that used to work suddenly no longer does, you may now also have a bird that goes "Can't get away if the big thing tries to bite me, can't let the big thing come too near, need to defend". He might feel pushed into a proverbial corner without there actually being any "corner".
So yeah.. if it was my bird, I'd be very careful with him now, and when his feathers have grown back out, clip less than that. Done carefully, you can still have him able to exercise properly and leave him the safety of being able to "escape" in a pinch, but not let him get very far.
BUT that's just what I'd do if I was in a situation where I wanted my bird's wings clipped.