Thank you for your insight Cody! Yes, I need to figure out the stuff he likes. I wouldn't say I know that yet.I am not familiar with it but in looking at the website they do not show an example of what is in the package every month, they only state the items that might be in it. I am always skeptical of these kinds of monthly things no matter what the venue, if you add up what you would pay for it for a year you could probably buy everything you would receive for less and there is probably what I would call useless stuff in it also. Small bird at $26.50 / month is $318.00 a year, you could buy many things that you know your bird would like for that amount rather than taking the chance on unknown stuff, depends on if you are open to seeing what you get for $26.50 a month.
FaeryBee, you are an angel. What a relief to read your interpretation and solution. I think I will try the "step up" or push back because I would like to show him some reaction and not let him think it is ok (since it hurts). I will read the article now.Felix is getting older and more independent. He's trying out his dominance by biting you. It isn't necessarily a fun time.
I have two budgies that like to sit on me but every once in a while they will take a good chomp of my neck, arm, etc. for no good reason.
Budgies generally bite because they are scared, they are trying to show dominance and/or they are protecting their territory.
When you have a bird, you have to work within the constraints of the bird's preferences rather than your own.
When a budgie is at the "teenage" state where the hormones kick-in they tend to become more aggressive.
Budgies may bite because they are afraid, or to show dominance.
If your budgie does bite you, even though it may really hurt, you should try to ignore it.
Another option is to try to get your budgie to repeatedly "step up" from finger to finger several times in a row right after he bites.
When he realizes this will happen every time he bites, he may stop.
Some people push back gently on the budgie’s beak when it bites. The budgie will stop biting in order to regain his balance.
Biting - A Learned and Often Avoidable Behavior
Hello, I love your wee bird. I just wanted to say that although I haven’t used Squawk boxes myself, I do know people who subscribe and love them. I hope you love yours too, if you go ahead with ordering.Hi everyone,
If I'm not boring anyone I thought I could give some updates and ask a few more questions.
I put in the adoption application for Chester, the lone budgie at the vet's office. They require a home visit. I haven't heard back from them yet.
Felix seems to be getting bigger.
Today he bit me painfully - twice! I was really not expecting that.
The first time I had just opened his cage door. He immediately flew to the door opening. I offered him my hand to step on. He reached down and painfully bit my fingertip. I cried out "ow!" (this part I did not have control over) and closed the cage door and left the room for 20 minutes.
I came back and tried again. He immediately flew out to play on my lap. During our flight times, he doesn't fly at all, although he has the option to. He just plays with toys on my lap or crawls around my shoulders. He was nibbling on his toys in my hand and then reached over and bit another fingertip! It was so painful I almost grabbed him, thank goodness something stopped me.
I stood up to put him back in his cage but he didn't want to go back in. I ended up carefully wiping him off using the doorway of the cage (which I've never done before as he always chose when to go back in), and then I left the room and googled "budgies biting" for half an hour.
I came back in with a new toy, cleaned the cage, and moved him to my side in my office.
Now when I stick my fingers in the cage he is VERY excited to nibble them (he's not usually this excited) but he has been more gentle.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
I'm also thinking of trying out www.squawkboxes.com. Anyone have any experience with this service?
Thank you so much!!I suggest you take this introduction slowly, do not just put Chester in the cage with Felix. I would put Chester in Felix's old cage and put them next to one another since the vet said you do not have to observe the quarantine period, and see what the reaction is. Beacuse of where Felix is in his life stage he is becoming more independent and maybe territorial and may not want what he sees as an intruder in his cage until the boys have had a chance to chat and observe one another for a while. Remember that Chester may be a bit freaked out being in a new home and you may find that his reaction to the cats is unfavorable. I hope all works out well and the boys hit it off from the start.
Thank you FaeryBee. 💚Cath,
Cody's advice to you is excellent. Let the two have a few days to get to know one another while in different cages and then try to introduce them in neutral territory.
If/when the time comes for them to go into one cage, please be sure you rearrange everything in that cage to help prevent any birdie (Felix) from becoming aggressive and territorial.
Thank you thank you thank you!!!!I'm sure he was just unfamiliar with the great big world outside his travel carrier.
I'd definitely take him for another walk.
Perhaps just do 10 minutes at a time until he feels safer when he's out.
I'm not sure I'd cover him when he's spooked though.
I think you are better off calmly talking him through it.
Covering him when he is already afraid may make him much more frantic.
Wow, I didn't even know that was a thing! I feel much better knowing I'm not the only one relegated to nose-petting. I was trying to figure out where I went wrong.I'm glad he is allowing you to pet him. That's always a plus.
My budgies only allow the "nose pets" themselves! LOL