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Budgies Sleep: A Complete Guide to Comfy Sleep for Budgies

everything about sleeping routine of budgies

When do budgies sleep? What time do budgies sleep?

The sleeping time of budgies is from dusk till dawn. Domestic budgies also adapt to the sleeping patterns of human beings. The budgies, which are kept in a cage, maintain their natural instinct and sleep using the cycle of the sun.  

If your budgie doesn’t get enough sleep, then it will become anxious and stressed out. This will change their behavior, and you will see these problems like they will become depressed, aggressive, unwilling to eat food, lazy, etc.

The change in the sleeping pattern of your budgie will affect their health. If your budgie sleeps during the day and stays awake at night, then it will affect their health. So the right time and duration to sleep is a must for your budgie’s healthy life. 

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How much sleep do budgies require?

Budgies require 10 to 12 hours of sleep in a day. It is much needed for their immune system and well-being. They also take naps with their eyes open for 15 minutes during the daytime, mostly in summer. Artificial lighting can disturb your budgie’s sleeping patterns which can be unhealthy for them. 

If your budgies don’t get enough sleep, then you will see behavioral changes in them. For example, they will become unwell, irritated, aggressive, indulge in feather plucking, etc. If they don’t get enough sleep, they will enter their breeding phase. Their immune system will go under pressure. 

So, a night of proper sound sleep is a must for them.  

Do budgies sleep during the day?

Snoozing or brief sleeping is very common in budgies. They take power naps during the daytime, especially in summer. They generally take 15 minutes of nap. Taking naps during the day is very normal. However, if they don’t get enough sleep at night, then they feel inactive and sleepy during the whole day. So to recoup the night’s sleep, they take naps.

Do budgies need darkness to sleep?

For sleep, darkness is very important for budgies. Sleeping in the dark makes them calm and helps in proper functioning, and it imitates their natural habitat. It decreases their stress and prevents behavioral changes. Their origin is from the tropics, where they get 12 hours of daylight and darkness every single day. If your budgie doesn’t get proper sleep, then they become aggressive, which can affect their health. Try to cover the cage so that the light doesn’t come inside and they can get proper sound sleep. 

Can budgies see in the dark?

Budgies can not see in the dark. When it’s dark, they rely on their flock and focus on other senses as they have poor night vision. Budgies have worse night vision than human beings. That’s why they hide from predators. The blurry vision makes it impossible for them to see far. They can only see a few feets. Complete darkness makes them have night frights. Make sure to keep a night light so that they do not have panic attacks. 

Do budgies sleep a lot?

Budgies sleep a lot because they have faster metabolisms, and it is completely normal. In addition, they have an active lifestyle which makes them sleep a lot. Small budgies, in comparison to adult ones, sleep a lot because they are young and growing birds. On average, they sleep for over 12 hours at night along with daytime naps. However, if you notice your budgie sleeping a lot and suspect illness or inactivity in your pet, take it in for a checkup. 

Can budgies sleep with the TV on? 

It depends on the volume of the tv. Budgies can sleep with the tv on but with a low volume. They can adapt to the sound of tv, but they can not tolerate high volume. You can cover the cage or relocate the cage to some other room so that it can eliminate the sound to some extent. Also, it reduces the chance of your budgie waking up due to noise.  

Can budgies sleep with lights on?

Budgies can not sleep properly with the lights on. Just like human beings, budgies also need darkness to sleep. Artificial lights can upset the biological cycle of budgies, which makes it difficult for them to sleep. If your budgie suffers from night frights, then a dim light can be good for them. Budgies don’t have night vision, and a night light helps them to sleep peacefully in the darkness and prevents night frights. 

Do budgies need to be covered at night?

Yes, budgies need to be covered at night. The artificial lights keep them awake, which will affect their sleeping pattern. It also makes them cranky in the morning. It is completely okay to cover your budgie every night. There are cage covers that protect the budgies from disturbance by artificial lights while sleeping. It helps them to keep calm and eases them out of night frights. For better sleep, it is recommended to cover the cage with a proper cloth with small holes in it so that they cannot get suffocated. 

Although, if you sleep in a dark room, then there is no need to cover their cages. Keeping a small night light on or opening a window to let the street light come into the room could help them sleep. They need darkness but not absolute dark. A little bit of dim light is fine.  

Do budgies need a bed to sleep?

budgies sleeping on wooden perch

Budgies don’t need a bed to sleep in. In the wild, budgies sleep on branches of the tree, and domestic budgies too need something like branches to sleep. Budgies do like to snuggle and lay down on a soft, plain surface, but that doesn’t mean that they need a bed. A perch or swing is a better option for them. Budgies often change their sleeping position. For example, they sleep on one leg, lying down on perches, sleep with their head down, etc. There is nothing to worry about as long as your budgies have enough sleep. 

Do budgies puff up when they sleep?

During winter nights, they puff up their feathers while sleeping to maintain a body temperature. It also makes them cozy and warm, which provides restful sleep. Their feathers trap warm air, which prevents the loss of heat in cooler environments. Feathers make them warm and safe during the nighttime. 

Budgies also puff up when they are happy and excited, feeling scared or upset, grooming and preparing for a bath, feeling ill and discomfort, getting ready for sleep, etc. 

Do budgies wake up easily?

Budgies wake up without effort in the morning. They wake up at sunrise i:e; around 4 am, and start chirping. When the light comes into the cage, they wake up and become alert. This is because they can sense the sunlight. 

Usually, budgies wake up on their own. But If your budgie is in deep slumber, gently clap near the cage to wake them up. You can make other noises near the cage. You can also offer them food because they easily wake up when we give food or treats to them.

How do budgies sleep in a cage?

Budgies have the instinct to sleep on the higher branch of the tree. Domestic budgies also sleep the same. However, they prefer to sleep in a higher position in the cage. If the coop doesn’t have a perch, it will sit on the food container or a swing. 

Budgies sometimes also sleep in weird positions like hanging upside down, lying down in a cage, sleeping on one leg, or sleeping with their head tucked down. 

If there is more than one budgie in a cage, make sure they have enough space to sleep. Individual budgies sleep at their place every single night. So make sure to have enough place on the perches for all the budgies. 

How do I know if my budgie is tired?

When your budgie is tired, it will stop chirping and moving here and there in the cage. Budgies also sleep lying down on perches if they are extremely tired. If your budgie shows a lack of interest and energy, then it must be suffering from lethargy or tiredness. 

These are some of the signs that indicate tiredness or illness: sleeping during the day, increase in inactivity, a change in perching behavior, excessive squawking, loose droppings, vomiting, hot or cold feet, swollen eyes, rapid breathing, etc. If you see any of the above signs in your budgie, immediately visit the avian vet for a checkup. Also, separate it from other budgies so that the disease could not spread. 

How to tell if a budgie isn’t getting enough sleep?

When budgies don’t get enough sleep, they become aggressive and cranky. They end up getting into fights with other budgies and also get wounded if those fights turn aggressive. You can easily figure out whether your budgie is getting enough sleep or not. You can see behavioral problems in them like feather plucking, aggression, excessive screaming, and excessive fear of predators. It can also weaken a budgie’s immune system. As a result, they will fall ill easily. In some cases, this can even lead to death. You can set up a camera to monitor your budgie’s sleep. If your budgie is not sleeping properly for longer periods, then you should consult a vet. 

Do budgies sleep lying down?

Budgies usually sleep on perches. The reasons budgie sleep lying down are not having enough space in the cage, illness, or tiredness. Sometimes they might find it comfortable or enjoy the cooler temperature. If your budgie seems fine other than lying down peacefully on a platform perch, a soft surface, or the bottom of the cage, then it’s fine. 

If your budgie is lying at the bottom of the cage, seems disinterested in food and water, or looks ill, then you should consult an avian vet.   

Do budgies sleep with their eyes open?

Budgies do sleep with closed or slightly open eyes. In such a state, their half brain remains at rest while the other half remains alert. Budgies are prey birds, so they need to be alert to stay safe from predators. That’s why they sleep with their eyes slightly open. Sometimes they also take a nap with one eye open and the other one closed. This is entirely normal in budgies. 

How to know if a budgie is sleeping?

Budgie sleeps by perching a swing, dowel perc, platform p[erch, upside down at the top of the cage, or stuck to the corner of their cage. In the wild, they need something like a branch to perch on. A budgie is sleeping if it shows any behavior like fluffed out feathers, head turned around, beak tucked into its back feathers, one leg on the perch, and just staying calm with eyes closed slightly. Budgies sometimes sleep with one eye open(alert) while the other eyes remain closed(rest). 

Can budgies sleep with a fan on?

For warmer months, fans are a lifesaver. It keeps the environment cool for both humans and animals. But fans make a lot of noise which can be a hurdle in your budgie’s sleep. Fans have sharp blades which can be dangerous for them if the budgie is out of the cage, as it can injure them. Fans can spread lots of dust which can make your budgie difficult to breathe. The loud noise will make them restless and stressed out while sleeping. 

Budgies can sleep in a fan if:

  • You never point the fan directly at budgies
  • The fan doesn’t make too much noise
  • They are in a cage when a ceiling fan is on 
  • If you are using a table fan, then you can use a mesh table fan cover to prevent your budgie’s leg get caught in it

Why do budgies nap?

Napping is common in budgies, and it is healthy for them. Budgies need some rest because they are energetic and playful all day. They spend the majority of their time chatting with each other and to replenish that energy they take a small nap during the daytime. Also, due to poor sleeping patterns, they take small naps. They usually take 15-20 minutes of naps. After a nap, they become more energetic, happy, and vocal. So an afternoon nap is good for your budgie. 

How often do budgies sleep?

Budgies sleep after sunset and wake up when the sun rises. They need 10-12 hours of sleep in a day for proper functioning. They also take afternoon naps to compensate for the energy they lost. 

So 12 hours of sleep at night and afternoon naps are a must for them. 

Why does my budgie not sleep?

Budgies sleep in a quiet and dark place. It mimics their natural instinct. There are several reasons behind the budgie’s lack of sleep. Some of them are as follows:

  • Tv sound or artificial lights can keep your budgie awake.
  • If you don’t cover their cage, then also their sleep gets disturbed. 
  • If the room is cold and your budgie doesn’t have other cage mates to huddle together. 
  • If you constantly check up on them, then they will surely get disturbed, and it will affect their sleep and health. 
  • The night frights can also keep them awake.  
  • Prolonged confinement in the cage keeps them awake.
  • If your budgie is new to the environment, that can also keep them awake.

For better sleep at night, try to cover the cage with a cloth so that the light and sound would not pass through the cage. Or keep your budgies in a dark room with a night bulb on.

Why do budgies have night frights?

Night frights are when a budgie gets frightened and wakes up in panic mode. Budgies are prey animals; any movement in their surroundings can cause night frights. If your budgie gets scared seeing a shadow, gets disturbed by heavy sound or bright light, or a sudden drift of cool air, it causes night frights. Some of the causes of night frights are the shadow of nocturnal animals, insects moving over the cage, sudden barking, meowing of cats and dogs, thunder and lightning, fireworks, flashing lights, etc. Any disturbances in sleep can cause night frights. If your budgie gets a night terror, switch on the lights and uncover the cage. It will help in regaining the vision and calming down. Talk to them calmly to assure they are safe and turn off the lights for them to sleep again.

Budgies sleeping positions

Budgies have evolved over several generations to adapt their sleeping pattern to fit their environment. Sleeping patterns include perching on the highest branches of the tree, lying down on a perch, sleeping on one leg, etc. If you keep several budgies in one cage (domestic budgies) they will likely sleep together. Budgies often sleep on one leg, hanging upside down is also common for them to sleep. So, here are some sleeping position and their meaning: 

a. Budgie sleeps lying down. 

Perching on branches is common in budgies, but sleeping on the floor says a lot of things about them. If your budgie is sleeping in a lying down position, that means there is not enough space in the cage. Budgies often sleep on one leg on a perch, but if you have several budgies in one cage, then they prefer to sleep on the surface. Another reason could be feeling tired. To recoup their energy, they sleep on the floor. Or illness also could be why your budgie is not in that state to grip the perch for sleeping. 

b. Budgie lying down on a perch.

Not all Budgies lie on the floor, some prefer to sleep on the perches. But that doesn’t mean they are comfortable lying down on perches. There are several reasons behind this. Your budgie lying down on a perch shows that they are weak or they might be having difficulty in breathing. They sleep in these positions, which means they are extra tired. They use this position to rest their legs. Another reason could be extremely cold weather. If you live in a cold place, try to place a warmer piece of cloth or a heat lamp so that they can remain warm. Illness could also be the reason. 

c. Budgie sleeping on one leg. 

Sleeping on one leg is the most comfortable position for them. They feel relaxed when they sleep in this position. They sleep on one leg to conserve warmth and energy. It makes them feel cozy, and this is the most common sleeping position among budgies. 

d. Budgie is sleeping on the side or corner top of the cage.

This position may make you concerned about them, but there is nothing to worry about. Budgies like to hang at different angles. They prefer to sleep on the side of the cage because of the higher vantage point or to get some privacy from other cage mates. Sometimes the budgies don’t like the sleeping spots because of uncleaned perches or other spots close to danger and noise. Try to put a smaller perch near the top of the cage or put the cage in a noise-free place and clean it from time to time.  

e. Budgie sleeps with their head down.

We have seen that budgies sleep with their head turned back, but it is common if they sleep with their head down. This is because they feel safe and comfortable or to conserve warmth or feel sick. 

A video on Budgie Sleeping Positions

Do budgies sleep standing up on one leg?

Yes, budgies sleep standing up on one leg, and it is their natural instinct. Their one leg is on perch while the other one is in rest mode. This is called unipedal posture. This posture saves the energy of budgies. Sleeping on one leg helps conserve energy, warmth and makes them feel safe. It is the most relaxed and comfortable position for budgies to sleep. They often switch the leg when they feel tired or to keep the other leg warmer. It is completely normal for budgies to sleep on one leg.

Why don’t budgies fall off their perch while sleeping?

Budgies have four toes on each foot. Two toes in front and the other two backward. When budgies perch on a swing, the front and back grip the branch for balance. The tendons connect the toes and knee joints. As a result, the joint is bent, and the tendon gets stretched when the budgies bend down. 

When the tendon is pulled, the toes are pulled too, which tightens the budgie’s grip on the branch. These grips won’t let your budgie fall off their perch while sleeping. 

What can we do to ensure good sleep for a budgie?

Proper sound sleep is essential for budgies. A budgie sleeps 10-12 hours of sleep for better functioning. After knowing the sleeping pattern of budgies, here are some points to ensure a night of good sleep for your budgie: 

a. Refrain from changing their sleeping routine very often

Frequently changing the sleeping pattern is not a good move. They need rest and proper sound sleep for better functioning the next day. Try to avoid changing the sleeping time very often. This will affect their sleep and will make them ill if they don’t get enough sleep.

b. Readjust the sleeping pattern

Budgies wake up when the sun rises and sleep when the sun sets. They maintain a sleep routine using the cycle of the sun. They need 10-12 hours of sleep daily for healthy functioning. If your budgie sleeps late at night and wakes up late in the morning, it is no justice to them. So adjust the sleeping pattern of your budgie. Once your budgie attains its natural sleeping pattern, you will see changes in your budgie’s mood. 

c. Put something over the cage to cover 

Cage covers are essential for your budgie. It is used to adjust the sleeping routine of your budgie. Put something over the cage to cover it so that the artificial lights will not enter the cage. Proper darkness is mandatory for their sleep. If your budgie is scared of the shadows or other things at night or it may have night frights, put a night light on so that they will not get scared and have a sound sleep. It will give them a cozy and comfortable environment to sleep in. 

d. Reduce the volume

Loud volume can affect your budgie’s sleep. It makes them fly around the cage and causes stress and injury. It can scare them at night and have night frights. Try to reduce the volume so that they can sleep well at night. Providing a noise-free atmosphere keeps your budgie healthy. 

e. Plenty of perches

As discussed above, budgies love to sleep on higher perches. If you have several budgies in a cage, make sure that there is enough space on a higher perch for them, or else they might end up getting into fights. You should provide a 16 mm perch made of natural wood for their cage. 

f. Maintain the room temperature accordingly

Budgies don’t like the temperature being too hot or too cold. They come from a tropical region of Australia, which is warmer in nature. So they will not be comfortable in a cold environment. Maintain the room temperature according to the budgies. If you like to sleep in AC, then shift your budgie’s cage to another room that is warmer for them. In cooler months, try to put the heat lamp near them so that their sleep will not affect.

What did we learn about budgie sleep from all this?

Budgies are friendly and charming pets. They can be annoying sometimes but having them is so peaceful. With their affectionate personalities, they are the most loving pets. Having a pet means a new adjustment in the family. These small, beautiful, and active birds can easily adjust to a new environment. As a pet parent, the care of the budgies is on your shoulders. 

So it is your job to give them a wholesome meal on time and take good care. Also, proper rest or sleep is mandatory for them for proper functioning. A healthy budgie makes a good companion. 

If you are concerned about your budgie, then this post can help you with everything about their sleeping routine and their sleep positions. You need to remember all the points discussed here if you want your budgie to get a good and healthy life. If you are planning to buy a budgie, it is the perfect idea because it will add love, life, and laughter to your house. 

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Anuja Saxena

I am a dog lover who spent her childhood in the company of a friendly Labrador Retriever. I believe that pets make our lives more enjoyable and stress-free. So, here I am, attempting to share my experiences and knowledge to improve the lives of pets and pet owners.