Why is one of my new budgies hanging from the cage at night time?
I recently got my new budgies today, and they were finding their surroundings pretty good, although they did leave only one perch untouched, the cement one, I'm worried that I might have placed some too high.
I covered the cage at 8 PM and one of my budgies (Smirky) is hanging on to the corner of the cage where I have it uncovered, its been sitting like that for about 10 minutes now. (I say it's because I don't know if they are female/male or not) Meanwhile my other budgie (Moon) has been sitting on a swing perch getting ready to sleep, it has it's head tucked in and eyes slowly closing. When I first put a blanket cover, Smirky was trying to find a way to climb onto the small swing Moon is perching on. I don't know if Smirky is jealous of Moon's perch or not, maybe that's whats happening. I just wanted to know if this is normal behaviour or if it's a bad sign? Should I re-arrange the perches? I read that they like to sleep in the dark corners, but Smirky is clinging to the corner where it's the most light still.
Oh yeah, one more question. (Sorry if this is an unrelated thread question) Will budgies be affected by alarm sounds on my phone? I have to wakeup at 6 for school.
Budgies prefer to be high up, so usually will pick the highest perches, especially in a new place. Smirky is probably just (understandably) nervous with his new home and surroundings and wants to be aware of the goings on and be high up and able to see. From what I can see in the picture, Moon has the highest perch, so that might be why Smirky is wanting to go on too. Just give him time to settle and perhaps place a perch even to the swing, near where Moon is trying to hang out. :>
Sleeping clinging to the cage bars isn’t anything to worry about; it doesn’t look very comfortable to us but some birds just seem to like it.
I do suggest that you purchase another swing though, so that both birds can choose to sit there - one swing with two birds could cause future squabbles.
A normal alarm clock shouldn’t bother your birds; they’ll soon get used to it - though remember to switch it off at the weekend if you want a lie in, as they might predict the attention that normally follows it and loudly ‘remind’ you that it’s time to get up
I agree with the other posters.
Getting another swing is definitely something I think you should do. Smirky will find another place to sleep when she becomes more accustomed to her new surroundings.
In the meantime, it's nothing to be concerned about.