There are many reasons why you may be interested in how your pets sleep. In this article we will try to dwell on each of them, detailing the nuances of interest to you.
Budgerigar sleep duration
Most likely you often noticed that the budgerigar that you acquired spends quite a lot of time in a dream or half-asleep state. Do not panic about this, for a bird tamed by you it is very important to maintain your own daily routine, during which it should sleep well and replenish the supply of strength.
Surely you caught the eye posted on the Internet photos of sleepy parrots who manage to sleep in any place convenient for them. But let’s not be distracted from the topic that we are revealing and describe how the budgies are sleeping.
The description itself we will start a little from afar, telling about the daily routine of their wild relatives living in the vastness of Australia. Throughout the daylight hours, except for the peak of solar activity, these feathered fidgets are engaged in the extraction of their own food and the study of nearby terrain.
When the sun begins to shoot mercilessly, then the parrots give up all their affairs and prefer to hide in some cool place. There they can take a nap, having waited for the peak of solar activity. After that, they resume their daily activities with renewed vigor.
But with the arrival of the evening, each budgerigar returns to its nesting place, where it spends the night. Parrots sleep at night for about ten hours. Until dawn and a new day begins. Photos of sleeping on the branches of parrots can be seen on the Internet.
As for your budgerigar, its daily routine is almost exactly the same as that of wild birds. Despite the fact that he does not need to fly all day looking for food, he prefer to take a good nap from time to time.
His main sleep time is at night. At this time, breeders are advised to close their cages with a large, light-tight rag. Thus, you will surely accustom your birds to a specific daily routine. As soon as you get a rag, they themselves will climb on their favorite places to sleep and sleep. Until you remove the rag thrown on the cage, or until the sun’s rays themselves begin to penetrate through it into the cage.
In such a simple way, you will achieve the fact that the duration of sleep of the bird tamed by you coincides with the daily routine of wild parrots. However, while your pet is sleeping, you should not disturb him, let alone take a photo, this can scare him and lead to panic.
The tame budgie you should feel completely safe during your sleep. In addition to the mentioned lack of light, try to protect it from extraneous loud sounds, for example, from the TV or radio turned on. If the parrot is not able to get enough sleep because of them, then you will later notice this by its appearance.
Poses in which budgies are sleeping
Surely many of the breeders of these feathered pranksters did not even pay attention to such a trifle as the pose of a napping parrot. It would seem that it may be unusual, but this is only at first glance.
The first is balancing. If you have healthy birds in the dawn of strength, then they probably sleep standing on one foot. If the parrot is old or has some kind of trauma, then he will most likely prefer sleep on both legs. The same dream is also characteristic of young and immature chicks, who are afraid to fall from the perch during sleep.
In addition, you must have noticed that many birds, especially in winter, like to hide their beaks in feathers of their backs during sleep and to slightly scruffy. They do it instinctively. However, this phenomenon has a completely scientific explanation.
The thing is that in such a simple way, birds contribute to the preservation of the heat of their body. Therefore, falling asleep in such a pose, the bird will probably feel as comfortable as possible.
I would also like to note that in rare cases when the birds have a leg injury, it makes sense to replace the perch on which they sit with a strong cardboard. Surely many will ask why do this? Moreover, your pet will immediately shy away from an unknown subject. However, later he can take a fancy to a new place and spend much more time on it. In such cases, you will probably notice that the bird, as it were, lies on its tummy, let’s rest your legs.