Originally Posted by FaeryBee
Also, I just want to mention at that the 6-7 month timeframe, budgies are reaching puberty.
So... if little Biz become rather hormonal and/or his behavior changes so he has periods of being grumpy or not wanting to interact, don't be concerned. It is just his "teenage phase".
Continue to pay attention to his moods and body language as you have been and you'll both get through it just fine.
Oh thank-you.... you must have read my mind. I've noticed him acting a bit different, but it wasn't too concerning. He seemed sort of intense. (Lots of eye pinning, lots of square head, lots of head bobbing.) Lots of energy.
This week he seems more reserved and a bit grumpy. And I would imagine the molt is starting to get more intense or uncomfortable as I've noticed he is shedding more downy feathers and at least 3 flights.
I appreciate the heads-up and I have infinite patience and can definitely watch what he needs & give him plenty of space. Any idea how long this phase typically lasts? A couple months? And they're a little more mellow after it's over?
The most concerning thing so far, is that he launched a very aggressive attack on my hand earlier this evening. My hand was in his cage and we had been playing with a toy, and he launched a full-on attack to my hand. I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary, I think I went to get a plastic chain or something, anyhow, it was a bit unexpected & almost seemed irrational... he attacked my hand... not just one bite, but multiple hard bites in different locations. He was going for it. It was definitely attack-ish. ....He's delivered a bite before, but never so hostile. I didn't move my hand, I didn't react. I just observed. It was the most aggressive I've seen him.
I'm going to keep an eye on this, and I have plenty of patience and understanding, & empathy for him. ... I'm wondering if this is a hormone phase, or if he's an aggressive (& at times, hostile) personality... and if that's the case I would never get a second bird. (If he bit another bird as hard as he bit me, I don't think that would be good.)
....It made me a little bit uncomfortable in that I realized I didn't know his limits of how mean he could actually be (i.e I wouldn't want him to come at my face)... but otherwise he's generally a sweet bird, and I would say bonded on a medium level. He will sit nicely on my hand and preen, he will sit sweetly on my hand and chirp happily, he will calmly sit on his play gym and sing... he reliably steps up most of the time... and he has learned to come when called (if I have a treat... kale or millet.) When I come over to the cage to say hello... he'll come over and jump on the bars on the side where I am. He's also starting to mumble and I'm pretty sure he says "whatcha doin'" and "pretty bird." I can hear him practice his talking... and if he's in the right mood... he is interested in hearing me talk. [ he'll sit patiently, turn his head, etc.] ... He appreciates a head scratch once in awhile, gently. I don't offer that very often but it's easy to see when he wants it or appreciates it. He gets puffy and turns his head and puffs up. Once a week maybe at the most we do this.
So, he seems like a relatively tame budgie. He's not the most affectionate (like those ones that peck their owners with "kisses" etc.) He comes to visit sometimes (will come see me and what I'm doing... land on my phone ... land on my computer)... so he's relatively tame.... I guess I'm just wondering if, through the dna lottery, through no fault of his of own, he might have an overly aggressive personality...... or, if his bites (& now attacks) are part of his teenage / puberty phase, and that might chill out after awhile.
I try to watch and read him to avoid the bites as much as possible, and I don't take it personally. And if he's an aggressive bird... it's not his fault. Who knows what his parents were like. I'm very objective about it.
I just don't know which it is. I would guess hormones because he's been a mostly laid back bird.... but I just don't know.