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I have three budgies, one male and two females. They all get long very well together (no feather plucking and none of them look to be left out during games.) theyíve done this a few times and I havenít come here because nothing actually seems wrong. Every once in a while Iím woken up by my budgies flying around their cage and chirping. My usual fix is to turn on the light and uncover the cage to check on them. They all instantly find a perch and sit there and look at me like nothing has happened, the only evidence being their heavy breathing from their random outburst of flying (and the fact that Iím awake at 4 in the morning haha.) Is something wrong with them or is this normal. Either way is there a way to get them to stop? Thank you

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It sounds like your budgies are having night frights, this occurs when something startles them and wakens them during the night. Because it is dark and they do not see well in the dark they get spooked and begin flying. This can result in injury to the birds. Your actions are correct in turning on the lights and letting them calm down. You can provide a night light near their cage so if they do awaken they have enough light to be able to see and that will help. If this is happening frequently try to figure out what may be spooking them, could be a sudden noise, a shadow, if they are near a window could be a passing vehicle etc.
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Cody has given you excellent advice for dealing with the night frights your budgies seem to be experiencing.

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I know where your coming from. I ended up leaving a low light turned on. Lost birds through freaking out.
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Try using a nightlight near the cage. They can still sleep if it’s not real dark. As mentioned in posts above, your budgies are having night frights. A small light will help them to see that there’s no danger, and help them orient themselves back to their perches.
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