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when it gets close to bed time my budgie will perch on her perch that i have attached to the OUTSIDE of the cage, and start to sleep, this is when i know shes ready for bed. but when i put her in the cage on her sleeping perch up top, she seems content, but as i start to lower the blanket over the cage, she leans down and climbs down the cage bars as im lowering it, and as soon as the cage is completely covered, i hear her climb back to her sleeping perch up top and i don't hear anything from her till morning

do you think this is a sign that she doesn't like being covered?

or perhaps it could mean she wants to sleep outside the cage?

or maybe shes afraid of the dark and needs a thinner blanket?

i cant leave her completely uncovered otherwise she wont fall asleep, she will watch me every time i move and want to come back out of her cage (her cage is in my bedroom)

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I would say it's like a dog turning around three times before sleeping: Budgies like to settle down quite a bit before sleeping. Unless she's really tired, Mallorn does the same thing! It doesn't mean she wants to sleep outside (and I wouldn't recommend this as if she gets scared at night she will fly everywhere and possibly hurt herself) but she's just realizing that the blanket goes on, she gets down for a second to check out that everything's fine once you cover her, and then she goes to sleep. I wouldn't worry about it
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I would say it's like a dog turning around three times before sleeping: Budgies like to settle down quite a bit before sleeping. Unless she's really tired, Mallorn does the same thing! It doesn't mean she wants to sleep outside (and I wouldn't recommend this as if she gets scared at night she will fly everywhere and possibly hurt herself) but she's just realizing that the blanket goes on, she gets down for a second to check out that everything's fine once you cover her, and then she goes to sleep. I wouldn't worry about it
thats a good point, i didnt think of it like that.

its just as i start to lower it, its as if shes trying to get to the bottom of cage in a hurry before it gets covered completely, thats what made me think she didnt like it covered.

but thanks for your reply, its very reassuring
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You're welcome! Budgies have weird sleep habits sometimes! :nuts:
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Most every creature -- including humans -- ducks while an object is being placed over its head.

I suggest you place the blanket over the cage before you put the bird inside. Leave the front flap up while you place her inside; then lower the flap after she's inside and settled on her sleeping perch. She may feel more comfortable with her bedtime routine using that mild adjustment.
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Most every creature -- including humans -- ducks while an object is being placed over its head.

I suggest you place the blanket over the cage before you put the bird inside. Leave the front flap up while you place her inside; then lower the flap after she's inside and settled on her sleeping perch. She may feel more comfortable with her bedtime routine using that mild adjustment.
thats a good idea , thanks, ill try that tonight
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Mine's the same. He decides that he wants to be on his swing, or on his top perch when the cover goes on, and then you can guarantee that he'll be on the opposite when I take the cover off in the morning. Budgies definitely have spatial awareness and remember where things are. Even when they can't see, they will move around in their cage, usually by climbing of course.
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Mine's the same. He decides that he wants to be on his swing, or on his top perch when the cover goes on, and then you can guarantee that he'll be on the opposite when I take the cover off in the morning. Budgies definitely have spatial awareness and remember where things are. Even when they can't see, they will move around in their cage, usually by climbing of course.
yeah i agree with the spatial awareness thing, my budgie climbs up and down her cage to get food in the dark
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