Biting Out of
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may begin to bite if he is scared. It is important to understand
that some biting is triggered by fear and your pet may only be
reacting in a way to protect himself. If a parakeet feels
threatened, biting is the only way that a parakeet can defend
itself. This type of biting is seen when you approach an untamed
parakeet or you handle them for the first time. If a parakeet
feels trapped, he may begin to bite in the hopes that he will be
If you find
that your bird is biting, it is important to understand that it is
simply protecting itself. For birds, biting is a natural instinct
to protect itself as they are a natural prey in the wild. Their
whole life is geared towards being alert and cautious to survive.
They do not know your intentions; therefore, you have to show your
bird that you mean no harm. If your budgie is biting it could
very likely be that it is scared. You need to begin talking in a
soft voice to try to reassure that you will not cause any injury.
Avoid eye contact and gently remove him from the cage with a wash
cloth or a small kitchen towel wrapped around your hand just in
case he decides to nip at your hand. Once you remove him from the
cage, gently pet his head and coddle him. You will be amazed at
how quickly he understands your intentions!
be gentle when you handle this small bird. Although they are
usually pretty strong, they are still fragile and caution should
always be used when removing them from the cage. This technique
should only be applied to budgies that need regular grooming.