So I have a suspicion that my female budgie is wanting to sleep in the food bowl. There are a lot of times when I walk into the room and she is sitting at (but not in) the food bowl all relaxed and not eating but then hops back up the cage when I come in. She isn't sitting at the bottom like a sick bird, but simply resting at the food bowl. I didn't think too much about it except just now I turned off the lights to go to sleep and heard her make her way down to the food bowl. I turned the lights on and saw her sitting there but not eating. She hates the pellets I have so I ordered different, more natural healthier ones that I'm waiting to come in the mail, so for now she is just eating veggies and seeds. She definitely not going to the bowl to eat the pellets. I heard her going to the bottom of the cage the last few nights as soon as I turn the lights off but she always ends up at the top again on a perch. This is the first time I caught her going to the food bowl at night. And just now I turned the lights off again, heard her moving around, and turned them on to see her at the water bowl.
My previous budgie would always do this thing where as soon as I turned the lights off to go to sleep, he'd go jump onto his swing and sleep there. But as soon as lights are on or I see him, he leaves as if it is a forbidden place lol and never sits there unless it's in the dark. Im curious if my new budgie is trying to do the same thing where she goes somewhere else to sleep when it gets dark.
But im wondering, is she trying to get a comfortable 'nest' to sleep in or something? I know baby birds and animals sometimes do things to comfort themselves and I'm wondering if she is doing something like that. She is around 4 months old.
If that is why she is going there, should I get her some sort of perch that is a little like a bowl? A flat platform maybe? I dont want her laying eggs so i dont really want an actual nest or anything.
While baby budgies often will rest in their food dishes, your budgie is older than 12 weeks.
As such, it sounds as if your budgie is becoming hormonal and may well decide to use the food dish as a nesting spot. I would suggest you use a different dish that is covered so she does not have the option of laying in the dish.
Here are a couple of options and you can find others as well.
To discourage her from becoming broody and laying, limit her daylight hours to 8 hours per day.
Rearrange everything inside her cage frequently and consider moving the cage to different locations occasionally.
Don't use items in the cage that can be used as a nesting side and limit the amount of protein in her diet when she comes into condition.
If she does lay an egg, dispose of it immediately, rearrange the cage, move the cage to a different location, and make sure her daylight hours are being limited.