help with new budgie!
We recently purchased a hand fed english budgie. He seemed pretty sweet with the breeder, but since we have had him I have noticed he is very bossy. He is extremely quick to bite even though he wants to come out of the cage and "whines" to come out. As soon as he is out he bites. If we put our hands in the cage he will hop down and bite. He will step up, but if he doesn't want to, he bites. We have cannot let him on our shoulders--his favorite spot--because he bites hard if we try to take him off. He is to be a pet for my 7 year old and she can't handle him as he seems to be worse with the kids and best with my husband--the only person in the household who isn't afraid of him! I assumed he would be skittish with us and he would take some time getting used to us, but I am worried about how quick he is to bite--and how hard he is biting. He draws blood! What should we do? We have another parakeet and while she doesn't like to come out of her cage, she is very sweet and gentle, allowing us to pet her in the cage and she will take treats from us. She just doesn't like to come out--which is fine and I figure eventually she will warm up enough to want to venture out.
Not sure what to do!! He seems to just be an ornery dude and not a good fit for our family, but I am trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. Thanks for any advice--