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Old 12-04-2016, 07:24 PM
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So at first when I got my budgie it was completely fine and didn't bite at all but, that past few months whenever I try to take my budgie out of its cage it makes a weird noise and starts biting. This only happens in the cage, when I take it to my room it's a vary nice bird that sits on my finger and lets me pet it, it even flies around my room a lot! I think my budgie is a female because of its brown cere does this affect any thing because I heard female budgies are more aggressive. From what I read I think this is "territorial biting". Can anyone tell me what is wrong with my budgie and how I can stop it's biting?

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Your budgie's cage is her safe place.
When you are trying to remove her from her cage and she bites you, she's telling you she doesn't want to be bothered right now.
You will need to start learning to read your budgie's body language and respect her desires. Forcing her to come out when that isn't something she wants will destroy her trust in you.

Many budgies prefer not to be touched or petted once they are past the "baby" stage. If you do pet her, ensure it is on her head, neck or tummy. Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates breeding behaviors.

I would suggest you open your budgie's cage door and allow her to decide if and when she wants to come out to play.
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When I do open the cage door all 4 of my budgies come flying out! They play under the dining table but the budgie I am talking about runs away when I put out my hand ONLY when it is downstirs
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Again, she is telling you she does not want your hand in her cage nor you bothering her at that point in time.
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Hi TweetieBird and to the forums!

I agree with the great advice offered above. FaeryBee is correct, she is biting because you are invading her personal space without her leave or consent. By forcing her to interact with you in her cage when she doesn't want to, she will be more and more aggressive towards you as she learns that you don't have regard for her personal feelings.

You can stop the biting by not putting your hand in her cage when she doesn't want you to. You can tell she doesn't want you to when she makes angry noises and lunges before biting. Allowing her to leave her cage when she feels comfortable is the best way to ensure she is at ease. Putting perches on the outside of the cage like a "front patio" and putting a playground outside of the cage are both great ways to inspire her to leave the cage without you invading her territory.

Also, both genders display this sort of behaviour when they feel threatened and their space is being encroached upon, not just females.

Be sure to read through the links provided above as they will be of great help in ensuring you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices.

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