My new budgie Tiki seems to be scared of the dark all of a sudden. I only got her 3 days ago. The first two nights were fine, in which I would watch tv with my light turned off and when it was bedtime (around 9:00) I would turn the tv off and Tiki would move around a bit, then fall asleep. This night, that wasn't the case. I didn't want to watch tv, so I just turned my light off when it was bedtime and Tiki started freaking out, but she wasn't screaming or anything. She was just climbing along the cage bars a lot until she fell and then started running along the bottom grate. I turned on the light for fear that she might hurt herself trying to get back up, and found her sitting on the bottom. I'm not sure what to do now.. I did a lot of research on budgies before getting Tiki, and multiple sites said to cover your budgie's cage with some sort of blanket, but she got really scared when I tried that. Right now I turned on my Wii because it has a dim blue light to act as a nightlight, but my dad doesn't want me keeping it on for long periods of time. Should I get a nightlight? If so, what nightlight would you reccomend?
My male budgie recently had a similar problem. He'd regularly wake up in the middle of the night and climb around. Finally, I came to the conclusion that it might be darker than Chip was comfortable with. I decided to open the door so that light from the kitchen can come in (we leave one fluorescent bulb on all night) and illuminate the room a bit so that it is not pitch dark. That seems to have ended his nighttime activity. Only for a few seconds he did it once since, but the lighter environment seemed to help. The other birds don't mind either way. Unfortunately there is no electrical outlet by the cage for a night light, so I'd have to use a battery powered one instead if I chose to put a light directly in the room.
So to answer your question, yes, try a night light for the room and see if that doesn't help. There are a variety of plug ins which come in various shapes and colors. I'd get one which glows a natural color. Alternately, there are dome shaped battery powered types as well that you can sit under or by the cage. The type used as emergency light for power outages. If it's too bright, you can move it. Try a store like Home Depot or a hardware store. Good luck.
...so I just turned my light off when it was bedtime ...
I'm assuming (from the MY light) that Tiki sleeps in your bedroom?
I agree that a nightlight is a good idea, the plug in type uses very little electricity. Also, do you have a bedside lamp? If so, try to use that rather than the main light for the last 5/10mins before going to sleep, then hopefully Tiki will realise that 'the sun is setting' and get into her sleeping perch position. It may have been the sudden darkness and her eyes not adjusting quickly enough that caused her little panic.
Hi firstly your Budgie is still very new and getting used to her surroundings and routine.
Some budgies sleep with no night light or covering, but generally speaking covering the cage, and even telling her Good night each night will become a familiar routine. My guys know when they need to go to bed they will go to their sleeping perches and fluff up head back, I always say Time for bed cover the cage and turn the overhead lights off, however both of my cages are next to a night light.
Some birds will move around a little, some will be in the same place when you uncover them just like people they vary.
I agree with the advice given Hopefully, with a nightlight, Tiki will be more comfortable getting to sleep
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