Why Does My Budgie Bite Me?

Why Does My Budgie Bite Me

You may have heard or seen that budgies are affectionate and friendly birds, but why is yours biting you? Here are some common reasons why your bird may be acting differently.

Generally, budgies are friendly, affectionate, and sociable pets. However, as a budgie owner, you may sometimes have to deal with some common behavior in your bird, one of which includes ‘biting’.

Since parrots are wild animals, they possess that natural biting instinct that they sometimes exhibit.

So, if your budgie is biting you, especially for no obvious reason, it’s important to take some time to understand why that is happening.

This helps you identify the best way to handle the situation and avoid being bitten any further.

Just remember that your biting budgie is not bad, it’s just trying to be a bird that it truly is.

Why Does My Budgie Bite Me?

My budgie may bite me when it is feeling playful, over-stimulated, scared, tired, bored, or defending its space. It may also bite when it is in its breeding season.

1. Your budgie is feeling playful or over-stimulated

You may not think this is the likely cause but your budgie may be biting you because it thinks you love the bite.

Since you are likely not to yell at your budgie if it bites you, but instead use affectionate terms, it may think you are rewarding it.

When playing with your bird, it might get carried away with the game and bite you.

This is not a problem as playing with your budgie can sometimes result in a bite, so don’t get too upset if your budgie bites you accidentally.

Therefore, you must reinforce preventive behaviors here by letting your budgie know what it did wasn’t acceptable.

Stop the play and avoid sounding affectionate so that your bird won’t believe you are complimenting it.

A budgie, strange as it may seem, needs action and attention, and if you respond to his bite with affectionate words, you may be encouraging the behavior.

Since you’re not going to scream at the bird, he’s not going to be scared, and so the vicious circle will continue.

If your pet bird has been finger-trained, you can ignore his hostility or, better yet, leave the area.

And if the bird does not receive positive feedback, it will eventually learn that biting does not result in a reward.

2. Your budgie is still scared and yet to trust you

A common reason why budgies bite is their fear and/or distrust of humans.

This is especially true if you recently bought and brought your budgie home.

So, it’s perfectly common for any pet (not just budgies) to have a negative reaction to being in a new environment.

It just needs to adjust to its new environment, which could take about 2 weeks.

When your budgie is unfamiliar with its surroundings, it may display different behaviors, including biting.

A bird is more likely to bite you if it is feeling scared or anxious.

And based on their body language before biting you, you’ll be able to figure out why they bit you.

Do not attempt to pet or play with the budgie until it has had a chance to settle in and become used to you.

Also, avoid rough handling your budgie, as this will make it afraid. Budgies, like other birds, are nervous and sensitive.

Do not yell at it or speak too loudly around it. Don’t yank too hard on your budgie either.

If it does anything that it shouldn’t, you can say, “Hey!” firmly, but don’t yell.

Also, when you’re playing with your budgie, don’t stand over it or chase it, as these habits, in particular, can get your budgie feeling nervous.

Once you’ve figured out what irritates your budgie, and your budgie has gotten familiar to you and your surroundings, it will eventually quit biting and become more playful.

3. Budgie is defending its space

Budgies can be aggressive when it comes to defending their territory.

It may become defensive if it believes you are trying to remove items from its space.

So, when training your bird, allowing it to enter and exit its cage without your help is not a good idea.

This is because if you approach its cage unexpectedly, it will see you as a threat to its personal space and bite you.

A simple option is to keep your bird perched on your finger throughout the day as you put it into and take it out of its cage.

It’ll then know you’re not trying to harm it, and you’ll be able to access its cage.

4. Budgie is sick or injured

When handling a sick or injured bird, be careful as it may bite.

VCA Animal Hospital identifies irritability, agitation, and biting as some of the signs of illness in pet birds.

So, to avoid being bitten, the best option is to carefully wrap the bird in a towel.

This way, you’ll be able to safely carry her to the veterinarian’s clinic.

If your bird isn’t usually nippy but suddenly starts nipping for no obvious cause, a visit to the vet may be necessary.

Birds have an instinct to hide signs of illness, so any personality change, such as becoming nippy, could be a sign of illness.

5. Your budgie is tired and needs sleep

A budgie might become frustrated and bite if they’re being handled when they’re tired and needs rest. A tired bird feels uneasy and may act violently.

Also, don’t be surprised if your budgie attacks you after you’ve been playing with it for a long time.

It’s natural for your budgie to bite you if you try to entice it into playing with you when it prefers to be sleeping.

This is more likely to be a one-time occurrence than something that occurs regularly.

So, respect the fact that budgies need lots of rest to feel healthy and happy.

To be fully rested, birds require around 10 to 12 hours of quiet, undisturbed sleep.

Keep an eye on your budgie’s body language to see whether it appears tired.

The solution is to establish some type of routine for your budgie, including a fixed bedtime.

Although it can be fun holding your parakeet past its bedtime (which is usually around 8.00 pm), you need to remember that parakeets go to bed as soon as the sunsets. 

Some parakeets will panic if they are not placed into their cages before sunset and this can trigger them to begin biting.

Also, do not play with your budgie after you’ve put it in its cage for the night.

And when your budgie is supposed to sleep, it is also a good idea to cover his or her cage.

6. Your budgie is bored

If your budgie is bored, he or she may bite you to grab your attention.

Some of the causes of boredom include lack of good toys for your budgie, a poor diet, and not providing it with the attention it requires especially if it is your only budgie.

Your bird might also be bored if you’re trying to put it back in its cage and it bites you.

So, change up your budgie’s routine by taking him out of the cage at different times than usual.

And when you put it back in its cage, consider giving it a treat. This will teach your budgie that it’s okay to return to the cage.

Budgies are flock birds who enjoy being around friends, so make sure you spend enough time with your bird. You shouldn’t have pets if you can’t find time for them.

Alternatively, get your budgie a companion if you don’t have much time to spend with it.

Also, to discourage biting, always ensure your bird has adequate stimulation through toys and activities.

If your budgie’s diet is a problem, you might be able to make some changes there as well.

Provide them with food that they enjoy eating and love playing with.

Experiment with different things and see what your budgie likes.

7.  It may be your budgie breeding season

Hormones produced by the breeding season are a common cause of biting and general aggressiveness in budgies.

If you have other pets, you’re surely aware that their behavior changes during mating season.

This is due to hormonal changes in your budgie, which will lead it to become aggressive.

Your bird will experience sexual tension, causing it to act out.

If you only have one budgie, it may begin to believe that you are its partner and become bonded to you.

During this period, your budgie will become jealous and bite you if you pay attention to someone else, such as a friend.

There isn’t much you can do to deal with the sexual tension other than letting your budgie get over it and not get angry with it when it acts out.

When it comes to it becoming jealous of you, you’ll have to teach it to spend time with others as well.

If you live with others, encourage them to spend more time with your budgie so that the bond between you and it can be lessened.

If it pays attention to others, it will stop being jealous, which will result in it not biting you.

8. Your budgie hates you

Finger biting is one of the signs to look out for to help you tell if your budgie dislikes you.

In addition to biting, your budgie may scream when you are around, get nervous when you enter the room, flap their wings when you approach, jump and fly crazily in the cage, or refuse to eat when you are around.

These are all signs that your budgie hates you.

This means you must do all that is necessary to make your budgie like and bond with you.

Can budgies bite to show affection?

Generally, budgies do not show affection by biting. But where your budgie is mouthing with its beak without actually biting, they could be showing affection as this is one way budgies play with one another.

So, if your bird is gently mouthing you with his beak, without actually trying to bite you, it is probably a sign of affection.

Conclusion

The above are some of the common possible reasons why your budgie will bite, and if you know what to look out for, you can better protect yourself.

You must also understand that punishment does not work for birds, and usually ends up creating more problems in the long run.

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