I hope you can help me narrow down what's going on with our nearly-year old budgie. He still doesn't have a name yet, my fiance is picky and hasn't liked any of the names I've come up with but he can't think of anything either, so for now we just call him "Birdie".
Birdie has been a lot slower at becoming tame than any of the budgies I've had before, but that's okay! We've let him take his time and never forced him into anything. So far he loves when we talk and whistle to him, bob our heads (he will do it back, haha!), and he has just recently learned two words "Birdie" and "c'mere". He loves his cheeks scratched, so we use that and a sweetly spoken "good birdie!" as a reward whenever he steps up onto our fingers.
He has plenty of toys, in and out of his cage. He's got an assortment of bells, chew toys, and bird wiffle balls. He is out of his cage about...5 hours throughout the day with plenty of breaks for snacks. He has a seed cup and a pellet cup, which he eats from equally. He has a cuttlebone and a vitamin block, I've seen him occasionally chew at both. No matter what we try, we can't get him to eat other foods. We've tried lettuce, carrots, bits of mashed potato, and broccoli (the small bits off the top).
In the last week, we've noticed when he hops on our finger to come out, he will bite. At first it was gentle nibbles, but now he is starting to bite harder and harder. Moments ago he bit hard enough to break the top layer of skin. No blood though.
We are familiar with the sticky for biting and positive reinforcement, but I'm not sure besides step ups, what we could do to deter this biting, we want to nip it in the bud
. Have we done something else that would cause frustration? Do you have any tips? Please let me know!