should I cover my new budgie's cage at night so soon?
I just got my first budgie 2 days ago. I have covered his cage at night, mostly because he sleeps in my room and I don't want to startle him if I get up during the night. But I feel like he's not really sleeping good at night because he goes to sleep right away in the morning when I take his cover off. Should I let him settle into his new home first before covering his cage at night? If so, won't it increase the chance of night fights if his cage is uncovered? How well can they see with a nightlight? I just don't want to spook him if he sees me moving around in my room. Please help!
There's no reason your budgie shouldn't be sleeping well at night.
He might be getting extra sleep when he wakes up because he's still young and he's settling in to a new home. Keeping to the routine you have is best for your budgie- they love routine.
It shouldn't increase the risk of night frights by covering your budgie up. Some birds seem to have them more frequently.
If you have a night light on for him, this just means that should he have one, he's less likely to bump into things in his cage. Budgies don't have good vision at night.
My budgies share a room with me and they never get spooked by me moving around at night.
every budgie is different, some like to have the cage covered and some don't, you just have to try different things and see how he reacts. My budgies used to be in my room all the time, the cage got covered completely at bedtime, often I go to bed later than them, so it helps them settle down at night. I have a lil boy in quarantine right now and my go to is cover most of the cage but leave a bit so he can still see out, and have a night light so if he does get scared at night, he can still see. remember budgies eyesight isn't that great, so if you cant see by the light, neither can they. He will get used to the sounds you make at night and might even be comforted by it in the future. If you think your budgie is uncomfortable with the blanket on the cage, try softly speaking to him when its bed time. I grind my fingernails together to emulate the content beak grinding that often accompanies bed time with my new bird to reassure him(It can be hard on the nails, but its much better than trying to grind your teeth)
Another thing to keep in mind is budgies need at least 10-12 hours of sleep some of this will come from naps but the majority is from night time, so he may have been woken up but still be tired
Having the cage covered with a portion uncovered and a night light on is generally best for most budgies.
It gives them a sense that it is time for bed and they will usually settle right down for the night.
Moving about the room is fine.
Your budgie will get used to your routine and it will become normal for him.
I currently have five of my birds in my bedroom and I'm up and down all night long with an elderly dog.
The birds all take it in stride and it doesn't bother them in the least.
All budgies have a tendency to nap off and on during the day even if they get a good night's sleep so that shouldn't be of concern to you.
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I agree with the excellent advice given above Your little one will surely settle in to his new home soon, as well as sort out his napping schedule
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