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Old 05-26-2016, 03:34 AM
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i inherited a budgie over a year ago and he wont let anyone go near him he had a phase where he would go on my head but it would never last long and he never leaves his cage i open the door every day but he just wont go out he still screeches a lot but every-time someone goes near his cage he starts to lash out and goes for them usually just hitting the bars trying to bite who ever it is. ive tried to tame him but its no use. he was my grandads pride and joy but now he's just an angry bird. He's about 4-5 years old. please help

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Old 05-26-2016, 07:43 AM
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Welcome to the forums! You have certainly come to the right place as you will find all you need to know on budgie care here.

I'm sorry you are having problems with your budgie.
It would be good to know the methods you used in trying to tame your budgie and also if you know when there was this shift in behaviour where your budgie started to be more aggressive. Maybe there was a traumatic event which led to this behaviour?
Pet birds will usually resort to aggressiveness when feeling threatened/scared.
If there is a negative reaction on the person's part, the bird will also respond in a negative manner.

If you wish to work on rehabilitating your budgie and on building a trusting bond and, it's possible to do so, but it will require a lot of patience and time.

The detailed information on the Taming and Bonding section of Talk Budgies will be extremely useful, you can start by reading these links:
https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-behavior.html

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

Best of luck with your budgie!
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Old 05-26-2016, 09:12 AM
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It sounds to me as if your budgie is both sad and scared.
If your grandfather spent a great deal of time with him, he probably misses him and wonders why his life has changed.

Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.

To build your budgieís trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, See if you can rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him. If he tries to attack your hand, just hold it near the cage bars initially. After a couple of weeks you may actually be able to rest your hand on the bars.

Once you can rest your hand on the bars, do hat for at least a week. After a week, try resting your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch him.
Let him get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him.

After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him, you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.

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Hi there and to the forums!

I agree completely with Deborah and Aluz. Birds are never really angry just for the sake of being angry, he's sad and depressed, it seems.

Truly working for a better bond with him would help both of you, I'm sure.

You've been given some great advice as well as wonderful resources to help you with your budgie.

Be sure to read through all the links provided and feel free to ask questions afterwards if you have them!

Remember, taming and bonding is all about respect, love, trust, and patience--these four components are essential to maintaining a good relationship.

Good luck and keep us posted!
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Just asking: Should the advice be different depending on how the previous owner had treated the bird?

As in whether the bird was mistreated or misses his/her previous treatment...

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Ken--

Even with birds in that situation, establishing a good foundation of trust, just like one would with a new budgie, will help to bring the budgie out of the behaviour more effectively
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Sounds like perhaps the bird is exhibiting a bit of what is commonly known as cage aggression. Since the bird has had a big change in its life it could be a combination of things. The bird sees its cage as a place of security and protects it by being aggressive to what it considers a threat. The bird may scream at you or bite when you come near the cage. The bird is acting on instinct and is not really angry with you. The previous posts have great advice on establishing a trusting relationship, go slow and quietly and the bird will learn you are not a threat.
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Oh, I don't think this has been said:

Don't be surprised if a complete change occurs overnight, just as you were about to give up!
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thank you everyone my grandad loved joey he was the only person he saw when my grandad died he wasn't discovered untill afew days after so joey was left on his own for awhile
since i got him ive had him close he lives in my room and im abit of a hermit so i hardly ever leave unless i need to.
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