Just wondering how often and for how long do you let your budgies spend time out of the cage.
My boyfriend and I open the cage for Bell and Snowy in the mornings, when we get ready for work and then again once we get back from work. We leave at around 9am and don't get back home until 7pm (best case scenario).
My boyfriend really wants us to leave the cage open the whole day. Their cage isn't that big and we feel bad for them that they don't get a chance to fly more. When do do open the cage in the mornings, they usually fly once and return to the cage and then sit on top of it watching the window, they rarely fly in the evenings. And because this is only a rental and temporary we won't be purchasing a bigger cage at this time (there's just no room unfortunately)
Some other details - our apartment is tiny, we don't have other animals, we leave one window open for them and the window has a net + bars.
What do the members here do? How often and for how long do you let your budgies fly?
Should we just let them have more freedom throughout the day? I'm really sacred to let them just be free on the other hand I don't want them to be miserable...
I let them out two or three times a day--when I'm home and will be in the room with them. I wouldn't let them out without being there. It's just too easy for something to go wrong. Chewing on an electrical wire, plucking at fabric and then getting caught in it, etc.
How large is the cage they are in and how is it set up? Perhaps members can suggest ways to give them more to do during the day. Some birds love shredding toys, for example, others love swings and climbing.
My birds are out in the morning about an hour and a half before I go to work and I let them out as soon as I get home so they are out in the evening for about 3 hours. On the weekends and any other time I happen to be home all day the cages are open all day for them to come and go as they please. I also agree that they should not be left out without any supervision, too many things can happen. I have had a bird get his toe caught in something and another got his head caught in a toy, thankfully I was there to help them, otherwise it could have turned out badly, it's not worth the risk.
Hello - super advice above, sounds like you really have your birdies best interest in mind, but they are so curious you just don't know what could happen when you aren't there.
In past my honey managed to get out when I was at work I was frantic when I got home looking for her and found her snuggled into the bottom of the long curtain, I think she may have hit the window and given herself a fright, she wasn't a good flyer, she was happy to go back to the cage ( btw she lived to the ripe old age of 10).
I agree with all of the above With plenty of in-cage stimulation (i.e toys), then 2-3 hours daily out of cage is great
My girl gets at least that much every day, sometimes more. She's definitely not miserable insider her cage, though. She often goes back in just to sleep or relax even with the cage door open Budgies see it as their "safe space".
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Our budgie usually starts whistling as soon as it hears us get up in the morning.We let her out before we go to work and again in the evening. If we are in all day the cage door is left open and a lot of the time she will just stop in the cage and come out when she pleases.
Mine are out of cage for alot of hours of the day but I have the luxury of being at home with them all day however on the days I am not home I leave them safely inside their cages for anything can happen and even when you think everything is birdsafe its always best to be there to supervise them once they are oug of cage. Letting them out of cage before work for an hour or so should be fine and again when you return in the evening give them another couple of hours and that should be plenty for them and if you want them to fly and they are not flying and getting exercise then introduce a little game where if they are drawn to the cage or a particular perch you carry them a few feet away from it then raise them up on your finger and let them fly back to their chosen perch...this will tone up their muscles and help get weight under cntrol if they are getting too heavy...introduce exercise slowly if they have not been used if it...just a little at a time and dont grab them to get them to the chosen fly spot...get them to step up on your finger and if they dont stay on your finger try distracting them or place tbem on your head Budgies usually love to go walkabout with you while perched on your head