I was just reading through the very funny thread about these opinionated budgies attacking their sleep cover just before bedtime (https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...g-blanket.html). I didn't want to take over the thread but started wondering what time everyone put their birds to sleep.
Please everyone share your bedtime routines and usual schedules. It immensely helps newbies like myself to get a broad view on individual practices
I'll start with our own and beg experienced members to comment and provide advice if needed.
Since Clouds arrived we have made sure to give him plenty of rest time. Since he was starting to get sleepy from 4 pm, when light gets really dim, we thought moving him to his sleeping room at 5 would be good. Our son would read him a bedtime story when his own bedtime came (around 7.30). We would not move him again not the living area until the sun entered the house, at around 7.30 am.
This suited him fine but recently it became evident that he was not so tired in the late afternoon so we extended his bedtime a little. The objective was to get him to just 12 hours in his sleeping quarters.
A funny thing happened tonight when it got late and we were interrupted in our 'putting the bird to bed' routine. Clouds had had a big day with a vet visit and he actually got really cross at us because we weren't going fast enough
I look forward to your shared routines and anecdotes about bedtime.
Lol yes the vet visit is a challenge to them and they certainly become testy!! Noah was all upset after his visit on Saturday and wanted to go straight to bed so he had an early night but then last night he wouldn't go to bed for ages!! Little rascal.
Noahs bedtime is between 7.30pm - 8pm and he gets up at 5.30am - 6am (I'd prefer him to get a little longer sleep time but I need him to get an hour and a half flying time before I go to work and another couple of hours when I get home so that's how we make it work).
Yes, these little birds are indeed very smart and do know their routines.
Budgies do not have good night vision and are very wary of being out when it is not light enough for them to feel safe and comfortable.
My routine is : Around 6.30 I place Budget into his own cage, he is in a separate cage from the others as he is hand raised and has some health issues.
He is not covered or ready for bed merely safely in his cage. I have to do this as he is assuming dinner for two he and I
The others are free to be out still, but almost always are in their cage waiting patiently. They do not bother with our food when we are eating.
AS it is winter time here they are covered and lights off at around 8.00 They do know this, they are ready on sleeping perches always. Covers on the cage and lights off.
Budget has his own routine, in fact I have posted a short video of his his bed routine for you to have a look at. He goes through a little goodnight session then he is covered, and night light turned on.
They are awake around 7..00 , well that is when someone goes down
In the Summer, my flock goes to bed at 9:30 pm (being the latest it's between 9:00 - 9:30). They usually wake up and start to get active as soon as the sun rises at about 6:45 - 7:00 am.
During Winter time, they tend to sleep a bit more. Lights are out at 9:00 pm and they wake up at 7:30 - 8:00 am, depending on if the sun has made its appearance or the weather is mostly cloudy with the sun hidden.
Since in my household we are all "morning birds" (mornings have always been my favourite part of the day), if the flock doesn't wake us up, we wake them up with our early morning routines.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
Well, during the fall-spring, Mallorn goes to bed at 9:30 every night. She sits by me at the computer where I'm usually doing work or papers or whatever and then always starts to doze off right around 9:30. In the summer, it's usually around the same time, but I finish the day earlier.
Then, I take her cage back to the living room, and as soon as I grab her pink blanket, she scuttles up to the highest point of her comfy rope perch and waits for me to say her rhyme. Her rhyme goes like this: It's time for bed, little bird, little bird.
Now close your eyes tight, and don't say a word.
Then I put her blanket on, and turn out the lights, and go upstairs
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
I put Daesyl to bed around 8pm, or earlier, if she's falling asleep! I used to take her up at 10pm, but my dad got into a habit of going into my room and uncovering her really early, which he also said was a 'good alarm clock' if I was sleeping in. Which was a bit rude . So for about two weeks I had a tired, relatively grumpy budgie, and I don't blame her. So I moved her time back a bit.
Then, she'll be uncovered between 8-11am.
She usually spends most of her time downstairs, but I take her up to my room for sleep.