parakeet sleep and behavior

Right now, I have two parakeets. At night, they tend to grab on to the front of the cage and hang there instead if sleeping on the stick. they usually stay next to each other and then just fight and peck at each other as if they don't have space or that they are fighting for that one spot. It doesn't last all night though.

Also, If I cover them, they pick random nights to freak out and get scared. I don't know if on those particular days if they were startled by something or if they just don't like to be covered at all. Do they need a bed? but then again I don't want them laying eggs....


This is also something that I really wanted to know. My previous bird died in a strange way. He was just fine the day before. In the morning he freaked out ,which I thought was normal. I calmed him down and the five min. later It got worse! i put him outside and he continued to chirp nonstop like a machine, It scared the jeebees out of me. It seemed as If he had a seizure after that...

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Dec 12, 2010
sleep habbits
by: lilnex

I have a parakeet that my son found on the lake where I live. It was wondering on the sand and was very weak. So he brought him home. He has adapted to us just fine. He loves music. He actually bops to it and chirps along. He loves looking at himself in the mirror and pecking at himself as well. I do notice though when it is dark in the room he clings to the side of the cage as if he had seen a ghost. He does this overnight as well. The other night I was napping on the couch in the living room with slow jazz on in the dark. When I got up he was clinging to the side of the cage. Is this normal? I understand maybe at night when there is nobody in the room with him, but I was there and the music was on. I dont think its a problem with his perches because he goes on all of them during the day.

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May 02, 2010
sleeping?
by: Skyler

hi my parakeet Skyler is an adult. ithink that hes 3-4 months old. is that an adult? so he is sleeping ALOT. and he fluffes up alot. but hes realy active he talks to my birds downstairs all the time and he watches tv with me and he talks 2 the tv. :) he eats regulary but he dosnt drink alot. whats wrong with him?!?

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Jan 18, 2010
Sleeping Habits
by: Anonymous

My parakeets also sleep hanging from the side of their cage. I have a wooden dowel perch (one). the rest are made of manzanita which I purchased from a pet store. The cage is one designed for cockatiels so it is quite large. They use to sleep on the swing I have for them, but now if they do, they climb to the very top of the swing and perch on the wire that hangs the swing, just barely fitting between that and the top of the cage.
One of my birds is flightless and has been since I got him. I leave the cage open almost all of the time. They have a play station next to the cage where I put their feed to encourage them to come out and play. The one likes to fly around the room, the other cannot.
Anyway, I was quite curious about the hanging from the side of the cage to sleep. I have had parakeets before and never seen them do this.


Aug 29, 2009
Reply to Lina's comment
by: Melanie

I'm guessing a big problem is that my cage is probably way too small. We have been looking for better cages and will get one soon. What size is best for two parakeets??

Also, their perches could be the issue, I checked and they are more like man made crafted, plain wooden sticks rather than natural branches. I will probably buy new ones from the pet store when we get the cage. There is no paint on or around the cage.

At night their cage is next to me on a chair accros from the window, but it is always covered and shut tight. They do stand in the perches throughout the day and If I cover the cage at night,but they usually don't around bedtime if they are not covered. What time is best to put them to sleep??

They also have a bell toy that they play with, I am concered that maybe that type of metal could be bad?? I can't tell what kind it is, or what type is safe for that matter.

Their diet consist of seed and some veggies every now and then. I just got them to start eating them because I know just seed isn't good. Can you tell me a good way to get them to eat more of them? ( sorry for all the questions)

and lastly, I wanted to get them pellets, but i don't know what they look like.

Thank you sooo much for the help.

Aug 28, 2009
Parakeet Sleep
by: Linda

First of all, what kind of perches do you have in their cage? They need perches made from safe wood tree branches, and this site sells natural branches with hardware already installed. Manzanita is a very good one though you will need to file down any sharp places where nubbies are sticking up or bird's feet will be cut. It sounds like you have a problem with your perches, so let us know what you have in there. It also sounds like whatever kind you have, may be either irritating bird's feet or are poison or both. Tree branches that have EVER been sprayed with pesticide are unfit for bird's use. If using natural branches, make sure you know tree's history or buy your perches from a pet store in your area or online as they are sold all over.

To me, it sounds like your birds DO NOT WANT TO SIT ON THEIR PERCHES. The hanging on the front of the cage indicates this. Also, where are they sleeping? If they are sleeping in front of a window, move them to a quieter place with no headlights disturbing them. Birds need 12 hours of dark to rest and sleep and about the same of daylight.

Please look at the cage also. Is it too small for them? Does it have rough or sharp edges on it. Do you have too many toys in cage so that birds do not have room to spread their wings out and flap? You may need a larger cage for two of them.

I suggest you take both birds to Avian Vet and have them checked out for infections/parasites before more time elapses. Your other bird who died sounds like poisoning was a possibility. The same will happen to the ones you have now if you don't get to the bottom of problem. What is cage painted with? Some powder coats have a high content of lead and/or zinc, and you have to ask manufacturers about this before buying. If you have painted cage yourself, your cage is poison as there are NO SAFE paints for bird cages except powder coat paint which has to be baked on.

Let us know what vet says and what you discover when you start looking carefully at everything in your bird's environment including foods. Unless their food is organic pellets and organic veggies, they could be being poisoned by what they eat. LOOK, LOOK, AND THEN LOOK AGAIN UNTIL YOU FIND WHAT THE PROBLEM IS.
Linda

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