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Default Surprising new behavior from Mink!

So, I just posted how she will now step up for me without hesitation, and it's obvious she's really gotten comfortable....

SO comfortable in fact, that she's striking out like a little snake as of tonight!

Earlier, I saw her do this same striking motion while still in her cage, and I was wondering what was "wrong" with her lol. I picked her up, she stepped up willingly, then she seemed fine when she was with me. I honestly thought something (pellet crumble) was stuck in her throat. I gave her some more food, and she went right to eating it. I figured if it was something stuck, it might dislodge it if she ate. I've seen birds adjusting their crop before, but this was different... Well, now I know it's obviously behavioral because she did it deliberately toward me tonight and bit me! It didn't hurt, but the point is, she did it! She was especially territorial around her food.

She is only a 10 week old baby!! Is this behavior normal at this age?! I have no idea what it's like to have a tame budgie since Twigs (and his late buddy who was also male) is not hand tame. Do budgies usually get cage territorial? Twigs and Pix never were. I'm so surprised . Could it be a female thing?

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Mink is becoming more comfortable now and is claiming what she views as "hers". It is a normal behavior as she begins exerting her "independence". By striking out (and biting) you the way she did, she's making an effort to show you SHE is the dominant one.

You might want to take a look at this thread:
https://talkbudgies.com/training-bond...-behavior.html
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Thanks for the link . Looks like I have another parrot to train and show boundaries. I never put much thought into that for budgies, but since she's a hand tame one, I suppose it's no different from my other guys
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Mink is becoming more comfortable now and is claiming what she views as "hers". It is a normal behavior as she begins exerting her "independence". By striking out (and biting) you the way she did, she's making an effort to show you SHE is the dominant one.

You might want to take a look at this thread:
https://talkbudgies.com/training-bond...-behavior.html
Ahh, this explains Plumpling's behavior. She is exactly the same way.
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Nick, Plumpling?! Is that Gisele? She does look a bit plump there , but then Mink does too when she fluffs up! You have the cutest birds!

So maybe Mink is just becoming a typical female? Is this behavior more common in female budgies?
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females can be more territorial especially around other females and when in condition. Change the cage around often and rotate toys so she doesn't become too attached to a certain one. Food is of course a natural instinct to want the last bit !
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Nick, Plumpling?! Is that Gisele? She does look a bit plump there , but then Mink does too when she fluffs up! You have the cutest birds!

So maybe Mink is just becoming a typical female? Is this behavior more common in female budgies?
Yes, that's my feisty little Lady Gisele and she's the boss of my girls. Shes also my only budgie who bites and I suppose her agressiveness may come from her half American budgie DNA. My other budgies are all full English and they don't bite me at all.
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Wow, I'm surprised it's happening so young. My adult parrots aren't this bad! She's still in her little quarantine cage for now.

Haha what personalities these little guys have!

Nick... I saw a baby boy English at the bird store today where I got Mink, and he's the exact color and spangle like Gisele . I love the spangle mutation... So pretty.
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Would love to see some pics of your budgies Julie!
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Hi Simon, here are pics of my 2...
Twigs (in my avatar, male pet type) and English baby girl Mink Pics are on page 1 of this thread here. https://talkbudgies.com/introductions...ie-lovers.html
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