First time budgie owner here.
I got my budgie, Toottie, from a local pet shop about a 9 days ago, I think she's a girl, but unfortunately I forgot to ask for her age.
I think she's pretty comfortable with me so far, as I've been sitting and bonding with her. I have a few questions about night time, though.
1. I live in an apartment with a roommate, and sometimes he comes home late around 12-1 A.M. and i put Toottie to sleep around 10. Is it harmful if she gets woken up by my roommate when he comes home at or past midnight? He also goes in an out of the kitchen a few times at that time. Toottie's cage is in the living room which is not too far from the kitchen.
2. I sit and talk with her while she's playing in her cage, and it seems like everything is going fine, but when she calms down a little and is resting on her perch, she kind of looks away as im trying to talk to her, and closes her eyes. What does this behavior mean?
3. Tonight, after I Toottie to sleep, I turned on the light and went in the kitchen, and she was peacefully sleeping. But when my roommate walked in past midnight, I was sure that he had woken her up, so I decided to check on her. When I went to check on her, I saw her awake and I think she was breathing a little too fast. Her stomach was moving in and out at a fast pace. Could this be dangerous or was she just scared from my roommate walking in so late?
4. I also do not understand the meaning of this sound she gives. Don't really know how to put in words, but she chirps as if she's happy, followed by two harsh "aaackkk acccckkk" noises. To me it sounds like she's angry at something, but I'm not sure what it means.
Thank you guys in advance for taking the time to read my post!
Welcome to the forum! Budgies like most birds tend to sleep from sun down to sun up and any interruption to sleep will leave them grumpy and in the longer term unwell.
I cover my budgies with a light sheet to ensure I block out light after they have gone to bed. This may help with your flatmates visits to the kitchen area of an evening. Is there another room that you could use for them to sleep in that is not in a high use area? A lot of folks here have them in a bedroom just to ensure they are not disturbed.
That noise you describe and the breathing is from a budgie that has had a fright! I would try to put the cage somewhere quiet and use a light sheet to help block any light. I find that after mine are asleep I can turn on a light and they dont get disturbed very easily.
Budgies are terrified when they come into a new environment and it takes time for them to settle in.
Covering the top and three sides of the cage and playing music for her during the day when you are away will help her to feel more secure.
If you are concerned about her being comfortable and able to sleep properly in the living room, why not consider moving her cage into your bedroom?
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You’ve been given great advice! The “ack ack” sound can mean a lot of things, but generally it’s excitement or happiness, though if she’s stressed she may do a harsher version as well. For example, my guy “acks” a lot while he’s playing, but he’s also done it at the vet when he was running away.