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Old 11-05-2015, 12:38 PM
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My two new babies who are about 11-12 weeks old are still very skittish.

I have them both semi-covered all the time (a sheet around the back of their cages) and so they tend to cower in a back corner when they get nervous.

I'm wondering if it is better to let them have their little safety area, or is it preventing them from getting used the general activity in the room? It's a pretty quiet room - there's nothing too loud or scary that ever goes on.

I'm not sure whether taking the covers off will "toughen" them up or frighten them beyond redemption??

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How long have you had them for?
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I have covered up Ace since he was a baby budgie, and I have found that it helps calm him down and it makes him feel safe. Every budgie is an individual so you may need to experiment a bit
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Nearly 1 month.

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Old 11-05-2015, 07:14 PM
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I never covered my budgies cages during the day when I brought them home. As long as the back of the cage is up against a wall so they have some feeling of security, I think your budgies will be just fine without being covered during the day.
It also gives them a sense of routine when the cages are covered (top, three sides and 1/3 of the front) for the night.
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If you've had them for a month, I would "wean" them off the cage cover. For example, one day shift it so it only covers half the cage, then a smaller part another day, then take it off altogether.

They should be okay because they have each other for comfort and it will help them get to know you.

That's what I think, personally.

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I agree during the day time my cages are uncovered except for the top and a small amount at the back if they are in front of a window as my big cage is. This is in case a large bird or animal casts a shadow and causes a fright.
Also as your budgies are a little timid ,play some music or leave a radio near them so they hear some sounds, silence is actually a sign of danger to budgies.
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