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Old 10-04-2015, 03:21 PM
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Hey everyone! Brand new to both this forum and budgies (me and my sister both got one of these cool pets about a month ago), so sorry if this was the wrong thread to post it in or something.

Anyways, I'm having a small problem with my little guy, he/she (idk if my bird is male or female after seeing some of the slightly older budgies at the pet store) is being extremely aggressive inside of their cage when I put my hand in there without a treat; biting, squawking, and trying to peck my fingers. If I go in there with a treat and they realize I'm giving them something they're extremely nice!

Now... Here's the weird part, the behavior is only when inside the cage. If he steps up and I take him out to a different room you'd think he was 100% tamed! No biting, no squawking, not a single nervous/aggressive action. He's super chill about the whole thing and loves perching on my hand.

I've read Budgies recognize their cage as their turf, could this be why he's acting nuts in there?

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Old 10-04-2015, 03:29 PM
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Hi and to Talk Budgies!

Taming and bonding with a budgie is all about helping it learn to trust you. This takes a great deal of time and patience.

Your budgie(s) view the cage as their home and personal "safe place".
When your hand is inside it, you are intruding on that space and they are warning you with the biting that the intrusion is not making them happy.

When you need to change the food and water, move slowly and carefully and talk calmly and reassuringly to your budgie(s) the entire time.

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Hi and welcome to the forums!

I completely agree with FaeryBee's suggestion. Also, have you tried to tame them yet? It's very possible they still see you as a threat and are afraid when they don't see a "reason" (like a treat) for you to be in their cage. To tame them, spend time just leaving your hand in their cage (don't try and touch them) and let them know you're not something to be afraid of. Talking to them quietly and just sitting by their cage helps, too. Eventually, you can move up to putting your hand closer to them and seeing how they react. It's important not to push them outside their comfort zone!

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Hello and welcome,
Bit late the post but thought I would add a bit.
I have one budgie Beauregard, he is almost 4, completely tame and loves being out with us. As he has aged he has become more territorial of his cage, as mentioned before he views his cage as his safe place, when he hears birds outside and is scared he runs to his cage.

He lets us clean it out, change food and water without issue, and only reacts if he really wants to be left alone. It is not strange behaviour, they need to know they have place to go to if they are scared etc.

Beauregard was not hand tamed when we got him as a baby, to get him to trust us we had his cage on our main table and did everything around him so he got used to our presence, we also used to leave one hand in the cage if we were doing something. We also used to feed him out of our hands if we were home to make sure he viewed our hands as non-threatening.

Also depending on your birds age he might be going through his 'teenage' testing stage. Beauregard has never been a biter or aggressive, however when he was about 4-6 months he started testing us to see what he could get away with, some nips etc, we covered our hands in his non-toxic lice spray (it smells horrible) and after a few nips and the horrible taste he never tried to bite again.

He does tend to get irritated more during his moult so that could be a reason

Hope some of this helps
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