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Old 07-30-2015, 05:47 PM
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Hello there,

I want to find out how much should you cover a budgie cage at night? I tend to cover it on all sides using a bed sheet cover. I let the bottom sides of the cage be free so air can get in. However, I've been reading online that you can leave a gap and cover 3/4 of the cage sides at night.

Is the method that I'm using correct or should you at least leave a side free/gap? Also, how tight should you cover it (to allow air)?

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When mine were living in a cage, I always completely covered all but the front, which I left about 1/3 of the bottom uncovered so a nightlight could be effective...
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Hi, I usually just cover my budgies' cage with a large towel (sometimes need 2 towels). I cover all sides, but leave one side about 1/4 uncovered to let air in. I don't really tighten the cover in anyway, I just put it over their cage (it's not tightly wrapped around the cage, just hanging over it loosely basically). My budgies always like to be covered at night because it makes them feel safe
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When mine were living in a cage, I always completely covered all but the front, which I left about 1/3 of the bottom uncovered so a nightlight could be effective...
Hi thank you so much for the info!
When you say nightlight, do you think it is necessary or is it ok without one?

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Hi, I usually just cover my budgies' cage with a large towel (sometimes need 2 towels). I cover all sides, but leave one side about 1/4 uncovered to let air in. I don't really tighten the cover in anyway, I just put it over their cage (it's not tightly wrapped around the cage, just hanging over it loosely basically). My budgies always like to be covered at night because it makes them feel safe
Hi thank you so much for the info!
If i cover all the sides loosely and leave no 1/4 gap, would that still be OK or should you allow the 1/4 gap?

Thank you once again
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Hi thank you so much for the info!
When you say nightlight, do you think it is necessary or is it ok without one?
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I didn't use a nightlight at first but after a couple night fright incident's, I decided to try it. Mine is a very small blue color, and they haven't had any night fright's since. I think they relax better when they have dark but can still see a little...
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I cover my birds cages I cover all over but leave a slight gap at one end for the night light, budgies sometimes have what we call night frights, they get scared and flap around blindly this has resulted in some very sad accidents. The small night light seems to help with this problem.
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Here's a picture showing how much of my cages I cover.
I also use a night light for my birds.

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Is it necessary to cover them at night? I used to cover Bleu and Rio, but they seemed to have more flapping issues. Now I don't cover Rio at all. I have been covering Dorian's quarantine cage with a beach towel. I cover the front and both sides, leaving the back side open for air. His cage is near a window so the morning sun comes through the mini-blinds a little bit in the early morning. Then I open the blinds at about 7:00.
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When my Phillip had an accident due to night fright, the vet said not to cover his cage anymore. I placed his cage in my room, leaving the nightlight on. The budgies I have now, don't seem to have a problem when covered, so I cover them with a sheet, leaving a big gap for air. I always keep the blinds open and they wake up by the first morning light.
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i am every so grateful for all your responses thank you so much
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