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Old 06-22-2016, 03:50 PM
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Hi... I've had budgies for a while now, and while I don't pretend to be an expert, I think I understand budgie behavior a little bit now. But not this.
I think I must be be somehow signalling to ms Oscar that it's an ok thing, because you know what? Lemony did this too, on occasion.

So, this is how it goes. I go in each morning and do my little routine.. Saying good morning and how she is going to have a lovely day, blah blah... we talk a bit while I change her papers, get fresh water, put foraging food down. We chat a bit more while she forages. Then I put her play stand up, and open the door ... and she is SUPPOSED to hop right on my finger and sit there while I take her out. Right? Right. Well, she leans back as far as she can and... so I say, ok, not yet huh? So we wait a few minutes and I try again. She starts eagle eyeing my approach and nails my finger when it gets within range... hard. Most of the time I manage just to stand there and wait for her her get on my finger and off we go.
Sometimes she just dodges me and flies off.
Sometimes she uses my arm as a runway and flies off from my shoulder.
NOTE" She NEVER EVER attempts to bite my spouse. He takes her out some mornings and she does the runway thing and the fly off, but no biting ever.

What am I doing to encourage this?

Thanks...

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Hi Judy,

You will be in a better position to find out the possible cause(s) for Oscarlyn's biting.
You could have facilitated and enabled the behaviour very early on when interacting more closely with her.
If she doesn't bite you often and on a daily basis, then she might not be in the right mood to have a close interaction.
I don't know if you use nail polish, but the reaction to the different colours may make her bite your fingers.

If you want to work on improving the bond you have with your girl, you can check the info on the stickies at the Taming and Bonding section.
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Would it be possible to the cage and if she doesn't hop right on your finger immediately, simply walk away and allow her to come out on her own?
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Has this behavior just started, or has Oscarlyn always been more fond of your spouse? I know birds definitely have their preferences, and can definitely have their favorite people (or other birds) that they are more tolerant of. One of my parrots is bonded to both of us, yet will only bite me (not often) but never mind "I" am his 'real' owner/companion! It definitely sounds like Oscarlyn is telling you that while she might want to come out, she doesn't want to come out on "your" hand . I'd just wait for her to venture out on her own.

If the behavior has only just started, perhaps she is a bit cranky... could she be starting molting, not getting the usual amount of sleep, be stressed out from anything different?
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Thank you.. by your responses, I think I figured out it's MY control issue. I don't want her to fly out on her own. She doesn't do this really often and I used to react to her bites.. like pulling my hand back and saying oww oww oww... but I've now learned to not react even though it hurts. You've given me some things to think about for sure
(She DOES like my spouse better! Even though I'm her main person, she just likes him alot. Always has)
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