budgie biting

@shiesse (308)
Canada
December 29, 2011 8:33pm CST
I have had my budgie, taptap, for about 4 months now. When we fist got him he was very nervous of course and would nip at you when you went near him. We paid regular attention to him and he started getting used to us and would enjoy sitting on my shoulder. All of a sudden now every time we go to let him out of his cage he has started to bite again. I was wondering if anyone would know why he would regress like this. Any help is appriciated
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@Triple0 (1907)
• Australia
30 Dec 11
I use to have a budgie, his name was Budgie. I know aren't I creative? But I like your bird's name, Taptap! That's so cute! Same as you, when I first got my budgie, he was pretty shy and hated to be touched, he was still a young little guy so I don't blame him. I then started to force him out of the cage and then let him tunnel through my hands and get use to me. Of course I had to put up with the little nips from his beak but after a week, he stopped nipping really hard. I still did get little nips but they didn't hurt and he just wanted to be territorial. he would start nipping at me when I try to take out his water or food. I know when my budgie gets a little angry like when my little cousins toy with him too much he starts to bite a bit harder. When he's territorial, a few nips here and there but nothing bad. So maybe your budgie is trying to tell you something, try and figure out what it is. My friend has a bird too, a smaller version of a cockatoo and that one is very aggressive. My friend annoys it too much and now he bites her really hard.
@shiesse (308)
• Canada
30 Dec 11
Thanks, my son actually named him, I wont take credit for his creativity! Birds are territorial, really? I wonder if it is because we moved his cage next to the hamster cage just recently. I think maybe I'll try moving him further away and see if that improves the situation
@Triple0 (1907)
• Australia
30 Dec 11
Oh maybe! I never knew you had a pet hamster too! Maybe try doing that and see if the situation changes. I'm pretty sire some birds can get pretty territorial, especially when you try to invade their cage and take their food or favorite toy away!
@cotruelove (1038)
• Denver, Colorado
30 Dec 11
I am not familiar with a budgie, but if it is not a domesticated animal or bird, then it's behavior is because it isn't. Please enlighten me as to a budgie. Thanks for your discussion.
@shiesse (308)
• Canada
30 Dec 11
a budgie is a small domesticated bird
• Denver, Colorado
30 Dec 11
I did a little research since I posted and now I know it is a parakeet by a different name. I owned one when I was a child and it always bit me, but not my mom. Mom would kind of smack its beak when it tried to bite, I just tried to be nice to it. Maybe what she did is why she never got bit by it. She was also the one that gave it a bath. It even talked a bit. I've never owned one since then and that was almost 60 years ago. Thanks for the discussion and education.
@beenice2 (2283)
• Canada
15 Jan 12
Is there something to stress him in his surrounding. What does he eat. Does he needs salt or vitamins, with animals we have to guess often but better to ask a vet too when you are not really sure.