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Old 09-18-2016, 01:00 PM
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Default Budgie Falls Off Perch At Night

My new baby budgie falls off his perch at night while sleeping I think. Around 3am some days I am woken by what sounds like the bird falling from the top perch down to the floor of the cage. I can hear her flapping on the way down, and find her on the bottom of the cage standing there stunned, and with some light jumps up to the lower perch. I think it may be that the perch, a heated perch, is too slick. I noticed this when I first got the perch and sanded it to give it more grip, but it is still quite slick. Sanding this plastic heated perch does not seem to work, so I'm wondering how I may make this perch less slick. This is called the 'Thermo Perch'. Any thoughts appreciated!

P.S. Perch dimensions: Small 1/2" to 1" 10-1/2" 5 watts 102F


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Old 09-18-2016, 01:15 PM
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Personally, I would replace that perch for a different one, preferably a wood one which provides good grip.
I'm not familiar with heated perches and with sanding/modifying them I don't know if those changes would affect the full function of the product which is to provide heat.

You can check this link, from your description your budgie may have had a night fright: https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...t-frights.html
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Old 09-18-2016, 01:34 PM
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Personally, I would replace that perch for a different one, preferably a wood one which provides good grip.
I'm not familiar with heated perches and with sanding/modifying them I don't know if those changes would affect the full function of the product which is to provide heat.

You can check this link, from your description your budgie may have had a night fright: https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...t-frights.html
Thanks! I may do that, and place one of those K&H warming (snuggling) plates on the side of the cage next to the wooden perch. I'm concerned about her staying warm enough. I'm probably overly concerned about heat, and have read budgies are fine with temps in the high 60's. But I really think she loves the heat from the perch. I don't want to keep a CFL lamp on next to her cage all night. When winter comes, my home stays around 64-68 degrees, and summer is cool as well, with the home owner preferring 70 degrees. I've shut my vents, but the room stays quite chilly.
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I've never seen heated perches. Sounds interesting although we wouldn't need as our lounge where our birdies are, keeps a great temperature all year round.

Have you thought about a nice swing for sleeping? All my birdies love to sleep on a swing.

Your bird is lovely xx
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I've never seen heated perches. Sounds interesting although we wouldn't need as our lounge where our birdies are, keeps a great temperature all year round.

Have you thought about a nice swing for sleeping? All my birdies love to sleep on a swing.

Your bird is lovely xx
Yes,, she loves her swing, but prefers the heated perch at night. They are both very high in the new tall Vision cage. Thanks! It is so fun to watch her jump on the swing and ride it like crazy! She loves her new cage. I brought her home in a small canary sized cage and she was in that for a month, while I researched cages. I love the new Vision cage. It's perfect for her, and maybe one day another little budgie friend, once I learn more about budgies. It gets cold at night...even sometimes during the day in this room. I love the heated perch for her. I wonder if there is some kind of cover for that heated perch that will work to make it less slick. I'll keep thinking on it. Maybe I could wrap it with something.....
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You should be able to wrap the perch with vet wrap which will make it much easier for your budgie to grip.
I would suggest starting with just one layer of the wrap around the perch to begin with to see how she does with that.
If necessary, you can always add another layer of the wrap.
It will be better for her feet than standing on a slippery plastic perch all night anyway.
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You should be able to wrap the perch with vet wrap which will make it much easier for your budgie to grip.
I would suggest starting with just one layer of the wrap around the perch to begin with to see how she does with that.
If necessary, you can always add another layer of the wrap.
It will be better for her feet than standing on a slippery plastic perch all night anyway.
That's a great idea! Thanks so much! I've been trying to find something that would work so well, and that Vet Wrap looks like the ticket.
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I hope the vet wrap works out for her and she's able to hold on better Keep us posted on how it works!
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