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Old 05-31-2015, 04:01 PM
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I'm very confused by my budgie Cid...

I've had him for about a year now, and admittedly he is my first bird so I don't think I tamed him very well. I recently moved his cage so he's next to me while I'm on the computer, so he's near me pretty much all the time. For awhile before I moved him he was refusing to get on my finger, and admittedly I kinda started forcing him to do so. Then he bit me, and I realized it was time to start from square one and do things right.

So I've been doing everything I can to retrain him. I put my hand near him and just "hang out." I tap his toys as if I were another bird playing, and sometimes we'll take turns "pecking" his bells. Last night I managed to coax him onto my finger and rewarded him with a treat bar, and he seems to be understanding. Today, he's started showing interest in my fingers rather than trying to put distance. But unfortunately, now he's started interacting with my fingers the same way he interacts with everything else: Pecking and nipping.

Cid's always been an aggressive little guy. He beats the heck out of his toys and practically headbutts his cage. And it's not that he's angry of frustrated, he's free to come and go out of his cage and fly around the room and does so frequently, I talk to him and he seems to like music or video game sounds, and while he's doing such things he gets super excited singing, bobbing, and dancing around. It really seems to just be his personality quirk. The problem is, I'm afraid that means he'll ALWAYS interact with my fingers like this, like he's just going to end up seeing my fingers as another part of his environment to face the wrath of his beak.

What makes this whole thing kinda suck is that I know he understands who I am and that I'm a friend, but he can't seem to make the connection that my hands are a part of me.

So what happens now? Has anyone ever heard of a budgie with aggressive tendencies? I don't think he's pecking out of fear because if he was scared he's try and escape. This is new behavior towards my hand and I feel like he's experimenting with me.

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Some budgies bite because it gets a reaction. When you react to the biting, it reinforces the behavior.

Please take a look at the threads linked below for ideas on how to re-direct Cid's energy.

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