Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lazy afternoon

Have you noticed how your budgie sometimes gets lazy after lunch time, or during a hot Summer afternoon?

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This is normal behaviour. Budgies need a minimum of 12 hours sleep at night and fact is, most budgies don't get this required amount of sleep. They wake up from the morning light, or get woken up when their owner goes to work in the morning. Or they hear may hear a noise at night and sleep badly afterwards. Budgies try to catch up the lost sleep during the day by taking naps.
During hot Summer days, they often doze to save energy.

What you probably didn't know is that budgerigars adapt their sleeping pattern according to that of their owner. You'll often see them taking a nap when other people in the house are quiet :-)
If you decide to stay up late, please consider your budgie's health. Dim the tv noise and make sure it's dark enough so the budgies can sleep well.


  1. My budgies get 10 hours of sleep a night. They naturally want to go to sleep as the sun is going down which happens to be around 8:30-PM in the summer and rise when the sun peeks through the window at 6:30-AM. No bird that I am aware of sleeps 12 hours. Birds in the wild go to sleep and get up with the sunset and sunrise which happens to be approx. 10 hours.