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Old 10-15-2015, 08:30 PM
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Hello all!

If anyone can give me advice I would greatly appreciate it! Sorry in advance for the novel but the more info can give someone more of an idea as to why this is happening!

Here's a bit of a background of Marley : Female budgie , 20months old, got her as a hand fed 4weeks old baby.

Marley has always been shy and skittish but loves preening everyone! In august she started regurgitating seeds so I brought her to the vet. She had a virus, vitamin A deficiency and slightly underweight due to bad seed only diet. After that she went on 2 rounds of antibiotics (4units of Chlor palm 2x a day for 3weeks...twice) The vet told me I would be better off switching to pellets since she was always so picky with veggies/fruits. Tried that but after 6 weeks of slow integration in her seeds she just wouldn't take them and was obviously starving I decided to stop everything and get her back on a higher quality of seeds diet, kale when she feels like eating it and vitamin supplements in her water. Now she's eating normally again but I understand the stress of the last 3months affected her.

She's always been a sweet bird, still is, she talks a lot and sings but lately she wont even get out of her cage without biting me (HARD!) She takes off skin every time, he tail feathers flair out when she attacks my fingers, arms, clothes. It takes about 5-10min of me talking to her and her attacking me before getting out of her cage. Then she's her normal sweet self!

I've tried reinforcing that if she bites she stays in the cage but then she never gets out and I don't want her to become untamed. How can I get her back to her sweet self that's scared of thumbs and just jumps out on my palm?

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Old 10-15-2015, 09:30 PM
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She is in condition by looking at the pics, and has become older and probably more hormonal. She is biting most likely because the cage is her territory and she doesn't want it invaded while she feel's like she does right now. If you follow some of the suggestion's in this link it will help get her out of condition, and maybe back to being a little more friendly...

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html

We have a lot of good nutrition and diet changing info here that you should read up on. I believe something will work for changing about any bird over to pellets you just have to find what will work for her. Nutriberries crumbled up and slowly over time having more and more pellet's added to them have worked for many of us but there are a lot of different method's you can try....
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I agree with Randy that Marly being in condition is contributing to the problem.

Additionally, she believes her cage is her safe place and right now she doesn't want you invading it. If you simply leave her door open and let her come out on her own rather than having her step up to come out, she'll be much happier.

Positive Reinforcement Training works much better with budgies.

When you try to reinforce to Marly that she must stay in her cage if she bites, you're actually teaching her that if she bites she gets to stay in her cage and you won't bother her.

https://talkbudgies.com/training-bond...-behavior.html

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Old 10-15-2015, 11:09 PM
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Thank you so much for the links I will definitely try the clicker approach! As for food I got all of the tricks I tried to convert her to pellets from this site and nothings worked. She didn't even eat the seeds around the crushed nutriberries like she did when I tried the pellets..she just doesn't go for it and rather starve
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