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Old 04-17-2016, 08:56 PM
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As some of you know, Mandy, is a very aggressive and moody bird who loves to defend her territory. It is the norm to accept some form of aggression at any opportunity we see to interact with her! Yesterday, Mandy, full on attacked my hand specifically my thumb which she has never done before just because I transferred her from the top of her cage to the play area which she loves despite not showing any aggression or unwillingness (literally lost the pot) and it got me thinking how much damage a budgie can actually cause compared to lovebirds, cockatiels and larger birds and so on despite all of the stories I have heard/read about budgies. What are everybody's experiences on being attacked and/or dealing/having a very aggressive bird? Nothing, Mandy, does has an affect on me since I am so used to her behaviour to the point where I find pretty funny.

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Old 04-17-2016, 09:23 PM
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Greetings dean. I've had experience before with a couple of aggressive birds.1 was a blue crown parrot named Charlie.it was mean all the time and I couldn't get close enough to do much ,without him trying to bite me and screech.and another was a budgie.it was aggressive towards other birds and pecking a lot no matter what I try to do to calm it.unfortunately it happens to some birds for many reasons.thanks for posting and I wish you well.blessings
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Hi, I do remember your previous posts regarding Mandy.
In my experiences my birds have only shown aggressiveness when I did the wrong thing, please don't feel I am having a go at you in saying this.
Budgies do display certain body language as to how they are feeling also. They do have days when they would rather just simply sit and sleep be this because of the weather, going through a moult, or hormonal in a hen's case.
I know my little guy Budget will defend his favourite toy by putting on his BIG I am tough stance and chase me away or threaten to bite. SO I always wash and clean this when he is safely away in his cage at night.
Territory is a serious issue to Budgies, Rather than picking her up which budgies do not like any way , use the step up onto your Finger and move her that way. Having a hand come at her will put her in automatic protect mode, offering her a step up is inviting her to come. Use millet or a favourite food as a reward to start off with.
I only ever pick my budgies up when they are sick or were in a possible dangerous situation. They willingly step up or sit on my shoulder to move them around.
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I can understand your dilemma with Mandy.
I have two budgies, Skipper and Scooter who are just as sweet as they can be - most of the time.

They like to come sit on my chair arm as I'm working on the laptop and visit with me.
Everything is fine as long as they don't get close to exposed skin.
However, if they decide to perch on either my arm or my shoulder, the next thing they do is start biting my hand or my face as hard as they can.
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