I live with my brother and we bought a male budgie 7-8 weeks ago. He was very little back then, now he has grown up a little but he's still young.
The thing is, my budgie is usually really calm and he's a lazy budgie, he loves his cage. He usually gets out just to play with us and then goes back to his cage. He rarely bites us, like when we disturb him when he's sleeping and such. This evening while we were drinking some tea together, he suddenly wanted to get out so bad so we let him out. At first he was normal, but then he suddenly started to bite me really hard, so I handed it to my brother. He bit my brother too, then my brother lightly blowed to his face to make him stop. But then it attacked my brother's lips. (his lips bleed) So we put him back in his cage and covered it with a thin sheet. He seems calm now, but I don't get why he suddenly attacked us. Is it because we didn't let him drink tea? I know tea is harmful for budgies. How can we stop him?
Ace bit me a couple of times when he was a baby, and I have found that letting him bite me was the best way to stop it.
I think your budgie is trying to get a reaction out of you (whether it be a positive one or negative).
When your budgie starts biting, just let him bite you but SHOW NO REACTION. This is what your budgie may want and reacting to the biting will just fuel it more.
Of course, there are many more reasons for biting (Hormones, fear, aggression, illness, etc) but this was the case with Ace. Good Luck!
My girl Rio likes to bite (we just got her in May) and she's in condition for the first time so I'm sure its just hormonal. Sometimes it hurts so bad....I know its hard not to react but try not to. When Rio bites I move her onto her playground and she usually comes right back to me and will bite again so I just keep moving her back to her playground and eventually she gets it that she needs to stop. Another tactic I use is to distract her with one of her toys.
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I'm looking forward to hearing all about your budgie and hopefully seeing some pictures soon!!
Welcome to talk budgies. Your budgie is still very new to your home and as Deb said, may be trying to show you he is the boss bird. He also is probably not quite comfortable with being handled much, and though he tolerated it at first out of fear and submission, he is willing now to show his displeasure. Lot's of good traing and bonding info here to help you out....
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He is happy and cheerful today, he only bit twice but then he stopped. But I'm worried that he might start biting again. I'll definitely try those methods.
But we have a new issue now. We can't eat or drink anything near him. Coffee, chocolate, instant noodles, juice... He just goes nuts and tries to taste whatever we're eating/drinking at that moment, even if it's harmful for him (of course we don't let him taste those). He has been really curious lately. Is this a normal thing?
Oh, and I want to buy him a partner one day. When should I buy? My brother says we should wait until he says a few words. Should I wait?
I will post pictures of him as soon as possible! He's lovely, though. He loves stepping up on my glasses, using them as a perch and playing with my hair^^ By the way, his name is Rico (inspired by the Penguins of Madagascar)
It's great that Rico already has such an ardent sense of curiosity!
I agree, though, it can be hard to keep everything away from him all the time. I used to have this problem with my girl--whenever she saw me eating anything and I wasn't sharing, she'd try and sneak a bite or get really mad at me when I ignored her. I stopped eating things in front of her unless I can share (dry cheerios, salad without dressing, scrambled/boiled eggs, nuts, fruit, veggies, etc.) and during my meal times, I close her cage door and offer her a favourite veggie snack while I eat my "people food". This has worked very well for us.
Also, if you don't mind Rico becoming more bonded to his new friend than to you, you can get his new friend whenever you'd like. Since you mentioned your brother would like him to talk first, it sounds like you'd like to establish a lasting bond with him. In this case, I would wait 6 months to a year until he's fully tame and bonded to you guys so introducing him to a new friend won't make him less trusting in you.
I would recommend you get him another male to be his friend as then you don't have to worry about breeding Make sure that you quarantine the new fellow for 4-5 weeks to prevent the spread of communicable disesases
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