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Old 07-27-2016, 02:20 PM
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Hiya

We got a Bluey nearly 2 weeks ago and I've started bonding with him/her. We've got to the stage today where I put my hand just inside Blueys cage.

My problem is that Bluey came to my hand to investigate and got on my hand but started nibbling at first but then biting. I followed the rules and didn't flinch, pull away or scold Bluey. This behaviour was repeated an hour later when I tried again.

Can anyone give me any tips on how to stop Bluey biting now before it becomes a habit. Do you think I put my hand in too soon? I have read the article about biting but it doesn't seem to apply here.

Bluey does bite everything he can from his cage bars to his water and food bowls so is it a stage he's going through? He's approx 3 months old.

Thanks in advance for all your advice.

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Hi Sara,

From looking at the photo you have posted on your other thread, your Bluey's cere is showing the typical colours for a young female.
To me, she seems to be below 3 months old.
I don't think Bluey is currently going through the rebellious stage which happens later on. Some budgies are more naturally into chewing than others.

At this point your Bluey could be simply investigating and using the beak for this purpose not only on you to test the boundaries and see if she is able to get away with it, but also on the most diverse cage accessories, including the cages' bars.
Do you have some wooden chew toys to satisfy your Bluey's chewing needs?
This could be helpful in terms of deterring Bluey from chewing on the cage's bars and when spending time with her you can also divert her attention with a toy when Bluey is about to bite.
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Hi Aluz

Thanks for your reply. I don't have any wooden toys for Bluey so I will need to get some for her.

Is there anything I can do to stop her biting as she has quite a sharp beak and it's hard not to flinch or react when she gets a hold on my skin? I've tried moving my finger downwards and sideways to try to throw her off balance but she just digs her claws in and bites even harder
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If Bluey is truly biting that hard, then it would be a good idea to find out the reason which leads her to have this negative reaction and to make some changes in the way you approach and interact with her in order to minimize this biting. This can be done by watching her body language, respecting the safe boundaries set by Bluey and taking a pre-emptive action to block the biting from happening when you see it coming.
You can continue to make use of the advice and tips found on the article on biting and you can also use a toy to divert Bluey's attention when she is getting ready to bite.

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Bonding and training sessions are going ok although Bluey still has a tendency to bite everything in sight (including me). We believe that we have built a bond as she climbs to the corner of her cage closest to my chair and looks at me through the bars.

We've had her for two weeks now but I get the feeling that she is trying to get out of the cage, especially when she's on my finger. Is it too soon to be letting her out? If not what is the best way to handle this?

Again thanks again for all advice given.

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Sara

From reading in another thread that budgies have a natural chewing tendency I am starting to wonder if Bluey is trying to chew my skin rather than bite me.

Could that be possible?

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Ideally, it would be best to have the step up command mastered before letting Bluey out for the first time. You will also have to bird proof the room prior in order to minimize the risks of an accident. The decision to allow her out of the cage will also depend on whether she is fully acclimated and settled in or not.

You are in a better position to determine the cause for this "biting".
As I have said before, she could be "beaking" as in investigating as part of her learning process in terms of identifying the several objects/surfaces she comes across with. Bluey can also be biting to test your boundaries.

There is always a context for a real bite and a pet bird will bite hard to show disapproval when feeling scared/threatened, when they feel their personal space and boundaries have been breached and when they don't want to be bothered and want some alone time.

It's very plausible to assume this biting of the cage's bars and other cage accessories to have been transferred now onto your hand/finger and it will be extremely helpful to get Bluey some wooden toys to better satisfy her need to chew.
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