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Old 09-24-2016, 09:39 AM
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Last week I moved our six budgies into a new, larger cage. They love to hop around on all the various natural branches we put in for them and they like and are comfortable with the toys inside the cage. The first night, about two hours after covering them for the night, they had a flutter attack. I think it was due to a branch shifting that hadn't securely fastened. We were able to calm them down quickly that night and everything seemed fine the rest of the week until this morning.

This morning we removed their cover to find two of the birds clinging to the side of the cage, which was odd. Upon closer inspection we saw some dried blood on the tips of some of their wings which leads me to believe something scared them last night and they hurt themselves in their fright.

Could lightning scare them like that? I can't figure out what is scaring them. They are normally very calm. We cover the back and two sides and the top half of their cage at night.

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A night fright can be brought on by many different things:
e.g.: a noise, shadow, unexpected movement, lightening, an insect, etc.

Some budgies seem to be more prone to night frights than others.

Do you keep a nightlight on for for your birds?
That helps them be able to see better to navigate inside the cage if/when they become frightened.
This is important because as one bird becomes upset then the others will become frightened as well. With six of them flying all over the cage and running into one another, toys and perches the chance of one or more of them being injured (and possibly severely) is high.
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Your budgies had two night fright episodes, possibly the change to the new cage has made them more vulnerable. Hopefully once they get more settled in they won't have another episode. These can be triggered by lights coming from the windows outside, shadows, etc.
In order to reduce the chances for a night fright, you can have a little night light on for them. Partially covering the cage during the night can also be helpful.
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Thanks for your input. The room does have a light on, but not close to the cage, so I will put a night light closer. The curtains covering the big window in the room they are in is pretty sheer, so I might look for something to darken that in case the car headlights are bothering them. Poor little guys! I feel so terrible that I didn't hear them struggling.
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Hey Mel,
Hopefully the advice you've been given and the steps you can take with the nightlight will help your 6 little friends with their frights.

I've had various times with my guys having night frights. I have had them covered, not covered, night lights on and it doesn't stop them but just helps with the scare being over quicker. This should stop them getting injured again.

As I share a bedroom with 10 budgies, I also know how one fright can lead to another. Being in the same cage is great when they get to socialise but it's a little more tricky with frights. If it becomes a common problem with them, I would try removing some toys in the evening before bed so they have a bit more room to flap about, just to try and reduce the risk of them increasing the panic.

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I was almost wondering if I should move them into the smaller cage at night just to sleep. But yeah, removing the toys sounds like a good idea. It is strange because they are not nervous birds and they never had night frights since we got them back in April.
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Maybe leave both cages set up and let them sleep wherever they feel happy? It may be the new cage spooked them slightly for some reason but even if it is that, they'll likely settle again soon.
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I'm sure once they become more accustomed to their lovely new large cage and the layout they will be fine.
My budgies had a couple of night frights initially when moved into larger housing but they quickly subsided and there has been no problem after that.

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I'm sure once they become more accustomed to their lovely new large cage and the layout they will be fine.
My budgies had a couple of night frights initially when moved into larger housing but they quickly subsided and there has been no problem after that.

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I really hope so.... It is horrible to see blood in their cage in the morning. I may sleep on the sofa close to them tonight just in case they do it again.
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What they had was night fright. Do leave a soft light on at night for awhile and observe to try to figure out what is scaring your birds.
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