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Hi, My budgie bites when in the cage. He literally lunges to my finger to bite it. What can i do to stop this? I read somewhere that rearranging the cage might work, is this true?

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Old 05-17-2016, 07:28 AM
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Hi there,

If you give a bit more of information about your budgie it would be helpful.
Is this a new budgie? If not, do you have a good bond with your budgie?
Is he currently moulting? Does he only bite when you place your hand inside the cage?

Budgies will bite hard as a negative response to express their disapproval or when feeling threatened/scared. If your budgie is new and the bonding process is in the initial stage, then your budgie is still not ready for a closer interaction and it's best to respect the safe boundaries set by him.

There are also other factors that can contribute to this biting, budgies when moulting can get more moody and this will be translated into biting when they are not receptive to having a closer interaction with us. Age can also be a factor, when budgies reach maturity they can go through more of a rebellious stage where they will bite. Hormones/breeding condition can also affect their moods.

If there is no biting when your budgie spend out of cage time with you, then it would be important to see if there is a particular toy (especially mirrored toys) your budgie is attached to as this can be causing the territorial behaviour.
Some pet birds are also very protective over their cages and can show aggression when we "invade" their territory.

It would be a good idea to rearrange the cage and switch some toys around too.

Depending on the case, you can also work on using positive reinforcement techniques to address the biting issue:
https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-training.html

https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-behavior.html

Good luck!
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Ahhh, I see. Definitely is moulting. Thanks for the info. He has been recently a lot moody. Thanks!
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Hi Aquarius
So sorry to hear about the biting. That's just not what we want our budgies to do!

aluz has given you a lot of good information and advice and it seems like the moulting factor has hit the spot. I do hope so. Please let us know how things go and if he returns to normal once he finishes his moult. Good luck!
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Ahhh, I see. Definitely is moulting. Thanks for the info. He has been recently a lot moody. Thanks!
You're very welcome! Hopefully soon his mood will go back to normal.
Since your budgie is moulting, you can help him during this time by supplementing his diet with egg food.
This gives a much needed boost in energy and will also promote good and healthy feather growth.
For the general discomfort and itch from the pin feathers, you can also offer your budgie a means for him to bathe.
If he is not keen on bathing, you can place a dripping wet leafy green or gently misting him with a spray bottle.
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I completely agree with Aluz's excellent advice!

Another thing to consider is that once he hits the hormonal "teenage" stage, he'll be pretty moody, too, and may not want to interact with you much or come out of the cage often. This is normal, so as long as you're reading his body language, no matter his mood, you'll be able to tell when he's feeling like interacting and when he wants some space to himself
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I am chiming in and i read that if you say no and blow on them they will get the message eventually. Trying that technique out currently.
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I am chiming in and i read that if you say no and blow on them they will get the message eventually. Trying that technique out currently.
aluz and Star both have extensive experience with budgies and have offered excellent advice.

I would not recommend blowing on your budgie.
Negative reinforcement is never recommended in budgie training.

Please read the information in the threads aluz included below.
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