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Old 12-30-2018, 11:43 PM
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Iíve looked around the posts but couldnít find quite what i was looking for. I have three budgies - two females and a (accidental) male. They all get along very well, no one left out or picked on. As itís winter now itís gottena little colder. We live in California so it doesnít get too cold and us humans donít like the cold either. We usually have the heater on to keep it at a good place, comfortable for both us and the birds. Sometimes the heater isnít on because itís not too cold. I believe itís still in the comfortable temp range for the birds but recently they look as if theyíre cold. They usually sit on the same perch or around eachother but every once in a while they huddle up as close as they can get to eachother and ruffle up their feathers. It only lasts for a little while and it makes me check for drafts, despite there being no open windows and no air on. I went to the local pet store to see if they could help and they suggested one of those snuggle huts. I decided to try one. It was only in their cage a few days and they had zero interest in it besides using it to hop from one perch to another sometimes. Then I thought it may trigger some breeding behavior because of itís closed shape and went to look it up. While I didnít find evidence of it being used as a breeding box I saw the warnings of birds shredding them and getting caught in threads causing injury or death. It came out the second I read that. Now to the question. Is what theyíre doing signs of them being cold or sick or normal or any other possibility? If it is cold what can I do to help? I cover their cage st night and they seem to do fine then but I donít want to take away their daytime by keeping them covered. If itís not cold what is it and how do I fix it? Thanks sorry for the long post i wanted to give as much information as possible.

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How long have you had your budgies? If they’ve lived in the same area for a while, chances are they’re acclimated to the weather. Some budgies who are bonded to each other will huddle up next to the other to sleep, regardless of whether or not they’re cold.

Birds have an efficient warming system with their feathers and down. They can stand temperatures colder than most of us humans on the West Coast. I’m assuming you’re in the Southern part of CA too, as it gets pretty freezing up north. If they’re strong and healthy, they should be okay past the point where you probably will be turning your heater on anyway. In the daytime it should be fine. Cover them at night.

You’re right, no snuggle huts are ever needed. Even regardless of shredded fabric with thread hanging or not, it can cause them to go hormonal which can cause other problems.
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I’ve had them since July of this year. I did hear about the hormonal thing with the huts as well. I did think they were able to keep warm by themselves for the most part but I just wanted to make sure they were okay.
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Thank you for removing the snuggle hut!
In addition to promoting breeding behavior, budgies can get their toenails stuck in the fabric and become severely injured.

From the information you provided, your budgies should be just fine during the days.

Budgies can handle temperatures that get down into the 50s with no problem.
Quick changes in temperature (e.g moving a bird from air conditioning into the very hot outdoors) or cold drafts are an issue.
However, when the temperature changes over a matter of hours, then the birds' bodies are able to acclimate to the change.
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