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Old 05-08-2016, 01:47 AM
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Hey everyone! Now that it's almost summer the days have gotten very long, where I live it's already sunny at 6 AM and it gets dark at 9 PM.

My problem is that one of my budgies, Richie, wakes up every day at 6 AM and starts chirping. I don't have any problem with him chirping because I can easily fall back to sleep if he chirps, my problem is that after 30 minutes to 1 hour he starts screaming like if he's angry and he'll start jumping around the cage and makes a lot of noise.

I've also started a part time job now and I come home at midnight almost everyday and I'm very tired if I don't get enough sleep + i have other activites like college, gym, social life etc and sometimes after work I still go out and come home at around 3 AM.

I currently cover their cage on 3 sides with a white cotton blanket which isn't very thick and it's pretty transparent so the light easily shines through in the morning. I've tried totally covering it when they wake up but Richie just doesn't care, he'll continue chirping and later on he'll start screaming. I let them out one morning just to get rid of the noise but it didn't come to my mind that they'll poop all over my bed and all over me ))

I will try chaning their blanket with a more thicker and darker one tonight and see how that goes and I'm also gonna get a good sun blocker curtain in a week or two, hopefully that will work.

Do you guys have any other suggestions/advice on how I can make him less noisy in the morning? I wish he'd be like Johnny in the mornings , Johnny wakes up with a grumpy face, falls back to sleep, then he eats his breakfast and after that he'll start preening himself or play on the swing quietly untill I get the blanket of the cage.

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Old 05-08-2016, 06:28 AM
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The suggestions you have mentioned should be sufficient.
Budgies (as well as other species of pet birds) are usually more active and vocal during the mornings, especially on bright, sunny days.
I don't know your daily morning routines or whether you wake up after midday or not, still I don't find it fair to block out the sun for an entire morning.
It's acceptable to do so in the very early morning hours, but in my opinion to not allow the sun to come in till and after 12:00 PM is really not fair.
If the budgies are currently in your bedroom and you need to sleep more hours, then it might be a better idea to move their cage to another room of your house.
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I think what you've suggested should work.
As I get up at the same time all week, even when not working, my budgies have a routine. They wake and have a little chirp at about 7am and then usually go quiet again until 7.30am when I get up to make some tea. I no longer cover the cages of my birds at all and they still are content to stay in their 'morning voices' chirps.
I would try establishing the time you want to let Richie out as he is likely not in any set routine at all. He will be a lot better off if you can try and establish a routine for him.

How much time are you able to spend with Richie per day on average? I'm wondering if moving him to a different room where there are more people, or perhaps considering getting him a same species friend might be a kindness. Jimmy always wanted to come out as a lone bird but once he had a friend and settled with a routine, he is much more content to be in his cage.
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Richie does have a friend, his name is Johnny and they live in the same cage and they along very well. I always say that they are partners in crime because they do almost everything together.

They get a total of 5-6 hours a day outside cage time a day, 2-3 hours with me during the mornings and 2-3 hours in the afternoon when my brother comes home and supervises them for me.

They're routine has stayed consistent since the day I got them. I got them in December 2015 and ever since then their bed time has been 8-9 PM . The only thing that has changed is their wake up time which used to be around 8 AM during winter time, when the sun only started shining after 7.

I am not a very late sleeper, I used to always wake up at 8 give or take 15-30 minutes, so their winter wake up time used to go hand in hand with my wake up time.
I'm guessing the reason he starts getting angry after a while is caused by the fact that I always used to let them out first thing in the morning, right after they woke up. They do seem to have a lot of energy in the mornings because everytime I've let them out they would fly and chirp like crazy. So now that I sleep longer then them and I make them wait an hour or so until i let them out probably makes little Richie angry and impatient.
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Having a light blocking shade and using a lightweight but dark colored cage cover on the top, three sides and 1/3 of the way down the front of the cage works for me.

If you put the Richie and Johnny to bed each night between 8-9 PM then once you have the light blocking shade and darker cage cover, they should easily be able to adapt to getting up each day between 8-9 AM.
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