Budgie Biting Suddenly

by Crystal
(Liverpool NSW AUS)

I have owned my hand raised budgie since he was in the nest. He usually loves to come out of his cage but is only allowed out when I let him out. He has a night cage and a day cage, but he prefers the day one as it has bells.

All of a sudden he has started acting very aggressive towards a bell and when I try to pick him up he bites me, hard! He has never bitten me so hard before, even when I forget to feed him. So I put him in his night cage for 10 mins with the sheet over it. When I get him out of the night cage he is fine. But then if I try to get him out of the day cage again he will bite again. Why? After 3 years together? It can't be a change of hormones. Nothing else has changed out of the daily routine or his cage.

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Aug 29, 2010
Budgie Biting Suddenly
by: Linda

First thing is to take your bird to an Avian Vet in your driving area. There is a link on this site to help you find one if you have problems with that. Find an Avian Vet If the Avian Vet is within driving distance, please take your bird to be examined to rule out physical causes for this aggression. And, yes, it can be hormonal as the bird is now sexually mature, and this is where a usually calm, sweet bird can start to exhibit more aggressive behaviors. All parrots are exotic wild animals, are not domesticated, and will act that way when they feel like it. Until she is examined by an Avian Vet, there is no way to tell if she is sick or just being aggressive for other reasons.

The other issue here is diet, and a poor all seed diet leaves birds malnourished and apt to feel bad and become more aggressive. An organic pelleted diet like Harrison's is the best along with some organic fruit and veggies in very small amounts only a few times a week. No people food of any kind needs to be fed to birds as these are full of fat, salt and sugar all poison for birds. Make sure perches are natural branches and not the wooden dowels as these hurt their feet and legs and will cause arthritis quickly.

Also, never, ever "forget" to feed, water and care for your bird as she has nobody else to take care of her, and you must take full responsibility for her health and well being in the form of nutritious food, yearly trips to Avian Vet to make sure all is well physically, and a safe, comfortable cage to live in. These are the basic requirements the law requires, and if you cannot do these things, then you need to find her a good home where she will be taken care of properly.

Thanks for writing,

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