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Question My budgie isn't scared of my fingers, but will bite them anyway.

I have had my budgie for a couple months now, and have only very recently started to bond and hand tame. I will put my finger in the cage, and he will bite on my finger. He will perch himself, but continue biting. Am I skipping steps on the taming process, or is he just curious? I've made sure not to pull away or yell, but he is still doing it, even after a couple days. This has made me unable to bond with him, so I would really like some help. Thank you all very much.

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Try offering the back of your hand for him to perch on rather than your finger and see if he still bites then.
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Unfortunately, he bites the top of my hand. Not as hard, but biting nonetheless. Perhaps he still feels threatened by my hand.
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Is he biting hard or just nibbling?

If he's biting hard then he feels threatened and is trying to show his dominance.

Rather than moving your hand toward him, turn it palm up and offer him a few seeds in it.
See if he will come to you of his own accord.

If he is just lightly nibbling at your finger or hand, he could be "preening" it.
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Is he biting hard or just nibbling?



If he's biting hard then he feels threatened and is trying to show his dominance.



Rather than moving your hand toward him, turn it palm up and offer him a few seeds in it.

See if he will come to you of his own accord.



If he is just lightly nibbling at your finger or hand, he could be "preening" it.


It's definitely not preening. It hurts pretty badly. So, I will just start with the palm feeding. Another quick question is: when he is perched on my finger and I attempt to bring him out of his cage, he will get scared and hop back in. When will he be ready to come out?


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