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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-13-2004, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Question Budgie sleep

How much sleep does a budgie need and what quality?

Beekle is in my living/dining room and that means he is only in the dark when the rest of the household is asleep. In practice that probably means eight or nine hours of dark a night including daylight coming through relatively thin curtains (call it 11pm to 8am). I've noticed that after about 9 in the evening he seems to fluff up and doze a little.

He is alone during the day so he could snooze then if he wanted but I've been in the habit of leaving a radio on for company.

There isn't really anywhere I can put him to get more darkness and he seems fine after nearly a month so do you think this could be a problem or is he gonna be fine?

I can't really see how anyone could give a caged bird 12 hours of peace, quite and darkness in which to sleep but maybe I'm wrong

Today he actually moved toward me as I reached to replace his seed pot. He changed his mind as I got really close but I think he's beginning to trust me
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-13-2004, 09:28 AM
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Birds need a good 10-12 hours of sleep every night. Some sources even say 12-14 hours of sleep or to wake up and go to sleep with the sun. You will notice a mood difference in your bird if they get a full nights rest.

This doesn't mean having them covered in their cage in a busy room where the phone is ringing, the TV is on, etc. They need a quiet area to get some good solid rest. For the smaller birds, you can buy a sleeping cage and place it in a room where there isn't any activity or noise in the evening. For larger birds, a crate or birdie bed works well.

It really is important that your bird gets a full nights rest. Don't rely on the fact that your bird may nap during the day. It is possible and neccessary to give your bird 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

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