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Old 06-22-2016, 12:00 AM
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I don't have a good photo of it, so please bear with my explanation .

Chip will sometimes nap laying on the bottom of his cage flat on his tummy and chest, face down. First, before anyone gets concerned, I have heard of this behavior before in some other budgies, which is the only reason I'm not completely freaking out. If you saw this, trust me it looks quite 'alarming' to say the least. You can imagine! The first time I saw this I thought the worst!

I think this is more common in the English budgies, and more common when they're younger maybe? Mink never did it, and I've never had any other species of bird do this behavior.

I know he's okay, and he is being completely normal otherwise. When you call his name or go up to him when he's laying there like that, he will respond by turning his head to look at you. He is completely alert, and is not lethargic, he can just get up, stretch his wings and run to his food or a toy a second later .

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One of my friends had a budgie a long time ago that would do that, he would sit on his tummy outside his cage but he didn't keep his head down, he would sit like a swan . He was healthy and normal, I still remember what a crazy energic budgie he used to be.
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Julie I have had budgies lay like that before, and you are right it seems to be more the English budgies that do it.

I have found it to be much more common with my Lorikeets especially when they are being hand raised. They will lie in the brooder flat out on their stomach's and stretch their necks out with their heads lying down. Really scares the daylights out of you. I don't know how many times I have seen them like that and go to check they are still alive. They look up at you as if to say, 'I am sleeping will you leave me alone'.
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One of my friends had a budgie a long time ago that would do that, he would sit on his tummy outside his cage but he didn't keep his head down, he would sit like a swan . He was healthy and normal, I still remember what a crazy energic budgie he used to be.
That's unusual.. maybe he was pretending to be a swan . I guess the belly laying is just something certain birds (or species) do.

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Julie I have had budgies lay like that before, and you are right it seems to be more the English budgies that do it.

I have found it to be much more common with my Lorikeets especially when they are being hand raised. They will lie in the brooder flat out on their stomach's and stretch their necks out with their heads lying down. Really scares the daylights out of you. I don't know how many times I have seen them like that and go to check they are still alive. They look up at you as if to say, 'I am sleeping will you leave me alone'.
The first time it happened was on the drive home when I first got him. We had just left the vet's office, and I was just about to turn around and go back! He moved when he heard my voice. Just a couple weeks before that, I was in the store and saw standard budgie babies napping like that. All squished in the same corner, like rodents do lol. That was how I first figured it was fine. Then Deborah told me a couple of her budgies do it too, still. It sure does scare the heck out of you when you see them lying down head and all, just lying there limp. Another thing he does is nap with his head in the corner like he's trying to hide.
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