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Old 02-15-2015, 10:10 AM
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So last night I was upstairs getting ready for bed watching TV when my dog, Joey, suddenly got up and came rushing down the stairs barking. It's was very unusual of him so I followed and that's when I heard our two birdies, Atlas and Eddie, freaking out. Their cage is always covered at night and there are no street lights or car lights coming through the window as it's in the back of the house. Anyway, I come down in the room and they are squaking, flapping around and crashing into things. I turn on the light and un-cover them and they are both sitting at the bottom of their cage which they never do. They flap around a few more times and I try to talk to them and calm them down and it seems to work. I sit with them for a few minutes until they quiet down and I go back up to bed. I was worried all night but nothing else seemed to happen.

Now this morning I've woken up and one of them, Atlas looks pretty beat up. He has no tail feathers (I found them at the bottom) and he has a small dot beside his eye. He seems his normal chipper self despite how he looks. He's been chirping, eating, drinking, and playing. Eddie looks totally fine.

So what the heck was that? Is this normal? Are Atlas' tail feathers going to grow back?? Im still worried about them

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Old 02-15-2015, 10:23 AM
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Your budgies had a night fright, and yes unfortunately this happens sometimes with our pet birds, it's just part of pet bird ownership.
They can get scared at night by an unexpected noise, for example if one of their toys suddenly fall to the bottom of the cage, or if they sense someone passing near their cage while the lights are out.
You can minimize the night frights by putting a little night light on near the cage.
When they have a night fright, it's best to leave the lights on till they get back into their sleeping perches. At first they don't recognize us because they are so dazed, disoriented and terrified.

It's also very common for them to lose feathers during the event, they especially lose the main tail feathers and also the primary flight feathers.
And yes, they do grow back in just a few weeks time.

Hopefully this will be the end of night frights for your budgies, at least I wish they don't get one for a very long time.
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Old 02-15-2015, 10:26 AM
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Thank you for your response.. thankfully it's a "known" thing. I've noticed they are both weak flyers today.. Atlas I was expecting to be due to his lack of tail feathers, but I just noticed Eddie couldn't fly to the lower perch from the bottom of the cage… he was kind of hovering.

Thanks again for your response… I'll look at night lights for them. These little birdies sure do know how to scare us!
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You're welcome! I'm glad your watchful dog let you know the budgies were in distress. Your Joey is a very good boy.
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We have had this happen many times over these past couple years. Last year, we had a major ice storm, and so we brought the flock in the bedroom with us in case the power went out. Before hand the were in the living room, and had night frights about once a week or so. After the ice storm, we just never got around to putting them back into the living room again. Lets just say that they don't have night fright as often, and when they do, we can get to them almost immediately. Plus, we sleep with the TV on, and it doubles as a night light for them, plus some background noise to keep "boogyman" noises out.

Your birds will be fine. You have been given some good advice! This is common and I'm sure that just about every one of us here at TB has experienced this at some point in time. If you can or are able to, put their cage in your bedroom with you, if not try the night light by their cage. It's really cool that your Joey was watching out for your birds, and told you they were freaking out! Which ever one you choose, good luck!

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I'm amazed that your little Joey came to alert you that the birdies were upset! What a wonderful little fellow!

You've been given excellent advice and hopefully your budgies won't have any more night frights once they have their night light.
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It is a terrible thing to have to experience, some budgies experience them a lot more often than others. I hope that was a one of for you. Good on Joey for being so alert I use a night light as well.
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That happened to my birds that is why i never cover the cage. i find the total darkness scares them. I keep my blinds slightly open so the city lights shine in a little and they do better.
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