Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Friesland, NL
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I have raised cockatiels before and it's very rewarding work. I love the little sound they make when begging for food and they are so enjoyable.
I've also come across budgies while handraising and since June I'm raising 2 little conures.
What sets these birds apart is the biting....cockatiels I handraise never ever bite me, not as baby's and not when they're older. The only cockatiel which has bitten me was one handraised by someone else.
Budgies are real little nasties(sorry for the budgie lovers). They take the syringe quite easy, but when you get them out of the brooder, they hang on whatever skin is within reach. And not a little pinch, nnnnooooooo, a real skinbreaking bite.
The little conure does the same, or at least the cinnamon one does. I want to let him/her get on my hand so I don't have to grab him/her and immediately it grabs loose skin or a finger, screaming for food.
Can someone explain this?