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Old 09-29-2016, 11:59 AM
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Default what is wrong with my budgie? Shes never behaved like this. I need advice quick.

I dont know what the heck is up with my bird lately, she is acting COMPLETLY out of character

I need some advice as I dont know how to handle it.

a couple of days ago she was sitting on my chest with her head near my mouth and I was whistling to her and talking to her while she held her head near my mouth and listened to it, she enjoyed listening to me and would bob her head up and down while I spoke to her, and I guess she started to like it so I did it again yesterday and she seemed to love it

BUT TODAY, oh my gosh, I dont know what has got in to her. She keeps flying over to me and landing on me. She is becoming obsessed with it and she wont stop. I've tried distracting her with her favorite toys and I have even tried giving her my old cell phone that she is obsessed with. I also gave her a paper bag to try and distract her as she LOVES playing in these for hours, but nothing is working. As I'm typing this she has already tried to land on me 15 times.

I'll give you an example of how it goes, she will land on my shoulder and I'll get her off, she will then fly around to the other shoulder and again I'll get her off and then she will land on my head and when I get her off of my head, she will then land on the laptop and look at my face, then she wll try to fly directly at my face to land on it, so then I move my face away to stop her landing on it and then she will land on the pillow and get annoyed and bites on it a little then goes back to trying to land on me.

At one point I just gave up and thought ''ok ill just let her do what she wants'', she then walked onto my chest and pressed her head against my mouth and her head feathrs went up and she started making clicking noises, at this point I just thought ''ok let her do whatever she wants'' and then she bit my lip so hard that it is now bleeding, so I got her off of me and now she is back to trying to land on me every 4 seconds and everytime I brush her off now she bites me hard enough to break the skin. I've got one bite on my thumb, one on my finger and one on my hand. I am not just going to let her sit near my mouth as she will just bite me again, if I knew for sure that she wouldn't bite me I would just give her what she wants.

This is completely out of character for her. We have always had a very strong close bond and relatonship and she has NEVER bitten me once in the 2.5 years I have had her. It's geting so bad that I am going to have to leave the room and go sit in another room because she simply won't leave me alone. The more I try to stop her the mroe agressive she is getting.

I need some advice on how to stop this unusual out-of-the-blue behaviour. I'im not prepared to let this continue. I want to get her back to how we used to be together.

Any ideas on what is going on with her and how to stop this? I'm shocked at how she is acting, it's so out of character.

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Old 09-29-2016, 12:28 PM
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I'm sorry you are having problems with Jessie. Is she currently in breeding condition? If so and given the problems you had in the past with her wanting to nest and lay eggs on your purses, this behavioural change and increased dominance can be caused by her out of control hormones.
If that is the case, then limiting the amount of daylight hours and decreasing the protein intake should be helpful (along with regular rearrangements on her cage).

Being upset, frustrated, having more of a negative reaction and trying to shoo her away will only perpetuate the problem, instead you can try to use positive reinforcement techniques to hopefully solve this effectively: https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-training.html
Having the right frame of mind when interacting with her will also be vital, try to envelop yourself in love and understanding for Jessie.
I know it may sound silly, but it really works, the "vibe" we transmit should be a calm, inviting and positive one.

This link should also be useful: https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-behavior.html

Best of luck with Jessie!
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Hi Carla,

Aluz has given you some wonderful advice.

Mallorn can get like that sometimes when her hormones go out of control, and it's actually because we have such a strong bond that she does that. I believe it's an insistent show of affection to try and be constantly close to you, and when you don't reciprocate (i.e allow her to be with you 25/24 hours of the day, which is unreasonable) she gets frustrated and bites.

I've found that giving my girl limited out of cage time and letting her have some "alone time" with some soft music and plenty of chew toys helps her get this frustration under control.

Once her system calms down, the behavior stops and she's back to normal

Best of luck with Jessie!
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It sounds like you have a totally love crazed girl who sees you as her mate. The sitting near your mouth and cooing sounds are her way of showing contentment and happiness, She naturally wants this affection and when you are not giving her what she wants the only way she can show you her frustration is by biting.
When two budgies bond they preen, nibble and bite each other occasionally as well . The sitting near your mouth to her is her interpretation of you nibbling, preening as a bonded pair do.
I have only been bitten through frustration from Budget as I do not know what he is trying to say.
I am sure when the hormones settle, your sweet budgie girl will be back once more.
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Thank you for your replies everybody

Yes, I do think she is in breading condition. I have had her long enough now to recognise the signs.

I have put a liquid Calcium supplement in her water and today I cleaned out her cage and re-arranged it, and I have also reduced the amount of daylight hours she is getting. I have also put more Egg Food in her seed bowl as I believe that is high in protein correct?

So far none of that is helping, she is still landing on me constantly since I have been up. Should I reduce the amount of out-of-cage time she has? She is pretty much out of her cage the whole day if I or someone else is at home.

As she is an out of cage bird mostly, I feel bad putting her in her cage for a long time while we are home. I am not sure if this would make her more frustrated?
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Yes, egg food is high in protein and that's why during this stage and in order to discourage breeding behaviour, it's best limit the amount offered.

As for increasing the amount of time Jessie has in her cage, you can try it out and see how she takes it. You can gradually work on a schedule in order to give more of a balance between the time she is in and out of the cage.
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Normally she just comes and goes as she pleases, she does sometimes go in her cage on her own when she feels like it.

I'll try putting her in her cage more often and see how she takes it.
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Just thought that I would give everyone an update

Jessie seems fine today, she is still showing breeding condition signs such as trying to climb into anything that remotly looks ''hole'' shaped. but she has calmed down A LOT, she is less aggitated and isnt biting me or going crazy on me.

Not quite sure what snappd of her out of it, might have been the cage being changed around or perhaps spending time alone in her cage today while everyone was out might have helped.

Hopefully she won't go back to how she has been the last couple of days.
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Carla,

I'm so glad Jessie is showing improvement.

I would recommend you still try to schedule more in-cage time for her on a daily basis though.
It really is good for budgies to have a set "routine".

Best wishes!
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