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Old 03-10-2015, 11:34 AM
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Okay so my little dude has been a bit on the quiet side the last 24 hours and I'm trying to figure what's up.

He's still chirping but more quietly - he normally chatters non stop in the evenings but he wasn't into it last night.

I figure there could be a couple reasons for this.
One, on Sunday I changed up one of his toys and he has become overly preoccupied with it. He feeds it, mates with it and quietly talks to it. Normally he jumps around all over his cage but for the last 24 hrs he just parks himself in front of this toy.

Two, because of the daylight savings I am now getting home when its still light out - before I would get home 15-20 minutes after sunset - and since the apartment is dark I kind of assume he has a little nap at that time. He didn't get to nap before I got home.

Three, and this is where empathizing comes in, I have been super groggy the last day or so - what with daylight savings and I think I'm coming down with a cold, so my energy is not what it normally is, do you think he could be picking up on that?

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I do hope you are feeling better soon it is no fun when you not well.
I do know budgies feel grief when they lose a bonded friend, so it could be possible for the reasoning behind your budgie's behaviour. More likely though it is a combination of a few things, they do tend to become attached to certain toys and objects, this can cause them concern when they are changed or simply disappear again the grief issue. The daylight is a factor with budgies as they do not have good eyesight when it is dark or dusk that is why they ted to sleep when the sun goes down.
I do know my budgie is very emotionally attached to my own feelings as I am him, I do know when he is tired and cranky, he likes to snooze on my chest, not be talked to. He let's me know if he has not been uncovered in the morning at the same time , SO I believe they do have a lot more intelligence than given credit for.
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