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Old 11-02-2015, 08:29 PM
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Hi everyone! I'm a newbie. Just got my two cuties four days ago and I already love them. They seem to be settling in nicely, eating and even starting to play. I have noticed though when I go to cover them at night they are both huddled together, but they are clinging to the bars of the cage. Don't they sleep on their perch? Is this normal behavior or should I do something to make them more comfortable!

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Old 11-02-2015, 08:53 PM
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Great question. The first night that Tiki was home he did the same thing. I'd swear that he didn't move the entire night.
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Hello, and welcome to talk budgies. I had two bird's that did that for a very long time, and one continued on even longer. Some bird's seem to prefer to sleep in odd position's, I wouldn't worry about it. We would love to see pics of your new friends...
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Hello and to the forums

What you're describing is perfectly normal for you two cuties Since they're scared of their new surroundings and still settling in, it's likely they'll cling together and be apprehensive of exploring for a little while. They can sleep like that, and some budgies carry this quirk onto their later lives, also.
You may not see them eat or drink for a day or two, and that's okay, too.

Soon, they'll settle in and each choose what perch they like to sleep on. For now, you can cover their cage on three sides during the day to help them feel safer, make sure you leave music on whenever the house is quiet (silence is danger to budgies) and talk to them gently so they can see you're not a threat.

I'm sure your little budgies will be very happy with their new home! What are their names?

It's great to have you with us and we look forward to hearing all about your little budgies in the future, as well as seeing some pictures when you get a chance.

Feel free to ask any questions at all you may have as we're here to help!

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Welcome to the forums

when your budgies are sleeping on the bars of the cage, the reasons are:

- you are not covering their cage at night with a dark doona cover or blanket
-the perches are not high up
-they do not feel comfortable on the perch (if the perches are plastic, thin or especially rounded with sleek surfaces that make them slippery and the bird feel unbalanced)
-they are still settling into their new environment, and feel safer and less vulnerable if they are in a corner or up high (particularly if the cage is not covered at night)
-they prefer sleeping that way (lots of budgies do this, some even sleep upside down! even some of my aviary birds sleep clinging to the mesh.)

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Usually budgies like to sleep on the highest possible perch. A swing is always a welcome addition to any cage and often chose as the sleeping perch. There is also a pecking order when there is more than one bird, the more dominant one has the choice and tend to get the best position. Your budgies are new and still frightened they will settle, cover the cage especially at night this helps with the amount of light so they get enough sleep which is essential for budgies.
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Thank you all so much for the advice and information. It was very helpfulness!
My kids have no names yet....waiting to see personalities and what sex they are. I want to do everything right for them and this forum is such a great way to learn. So far they are eating well, and seem to be getting more comfortable. I keep music on for them and sing to them ( although maybe they would prefer I didn't!) I'm looking forward to many years of enjoyment with them. Will keep you posted when they are named! ��
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When coving up your birds do you leave the front of the cage open as it would be to much if you covered the hole cage. I only put the cover around the side of the cage.... I leave the front of the cage open but the doors of his cage closed.. It is cute that they cuddle up close yes budgies do like to sleep up high...
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Sometimes my budgies used to do that. I think if they don't have a swing yet, maybe when they settle in a little more it might be a nice addition as all my budgies tend to choose to sleep on them now rather than regular perches.
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Yes, they have a swing already....but they have not used it yet.
And I have been completely covering them. They are already in this position before I cover them, but I will try and leave one side open for them.
Thank you for your help and comments everyone. It's good to know that this behavior is ok and nothing I should worry about.
I am going to move one of their perches even higher up and see if that interests them to sleep on it. If they choose not to I will just relax and know that they are uniquely adorable and they can sleep where they like.
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