Budgies (also known as parakeets) are popular pet birds that many people have fallen in love with. They can be good companion birds, and caring for them isn’t all that tough once you get used to what you need to do.
Some people wind up buying budgies at very young ages. If you’re caring for a baby budgie, then you might be concerned about certain things.
For instance, you might notice that your budgie seems to be sleeping quite a bit. Do baby budgies sleep a lot or is there something amiss with your pet?
Read on to learn a bit about young budgies and how much they sleep on average. You’ll also learn a bit about signs of illness in budgies so that you can do your best to keep your birds safe.
Baby Budgies Sleep a Bit More Than Adults
The first thing to know is that baby budgies do indeed sleep a bit more than adults. They’re young and growing birds, and this means that they might require a bit more sleep than usual.
That doesn’t mean that the baby budgie should be sleeping all the time, though. Sometimes you might notice your budgie napping after lunch or something like that.
Generally, this shouldn’t give you any reason to worry. So long as your budgie is eating, playing, and sleeping normally, things will be just fine.
If you feel like your budgie is sleeping way more than usual, then you might need to ask for expert help. You should be able to contact a veterinarian who will be able to give you advice.
Budgies will typically sleep for 12 hours at night. You’re going to cover their birdcage and then they will sleep until the morning.
It’s possible that a sick budgie might sleep a bit more often than that. When budgies experience health issues they will have way less energy than usual.
This means that the budgie is likely not going to play around like it normally would. If the bird appears sluggish, then something could very well be wrong.
At this point, it would make sense to contact the veterinarian and get the help that the bird needs. It might also be beneficial to know about signs of illness in budgies that you can watch out for.
Signs of Illness
There are actually quite a few problems that can occur when you’re raising budgies. These birds are fantastic to care for, but you do need to watch out for signs that something is wrong.
One easy thing to pay attention to is the bird’s droppings. When a budgie’s droppings start to look different, it’s easy to see that there’s something going on with the bird’s health.
Watery droppings could be an indication that the bird is ill in some way. Consider reaching out to a veterinarian if you notice watery bird droppings.
Fluffed up feathers could be another sign of sickness. If your bird appears to have fluffed up feathers that look different than normal, then there is a reason that this is happening.
There have been times when sick birds have started to lose feathers, too. If you see that your bird is losing feathers, then that’s another sign that it’s likely feeling under the weather.
When you see this in conjunction with the bird sleeping more than usual, then it’s easy to draw the conclusion that the bird is sick. Budgies can take a turn for the worse fast, and this means that you want to contact the veterinarian fast.
Another thing to look out for is a lack of appetite. Both baby budgies and adult budgies might not eat as much as usual when they’re feeling sick.
If your bird doesn’t seem that interested in eating food, then that’s not normal. You should see this as a clear sign that the bird needs medical help.
Drinking less than usual is also a reason to be concerned. Your budgies should be drinking water as normal if they’re healthy.
Does your bird have watery eyes or nostrils? When you examine the bird closely, you might be able to spot little signs like this that you’d normally miss.
Sometimes sick birds will also have beaks that become a bit overgrown. If the budgie’s beak looks a bit too big, then that might be something to consult the veterinarian about.
You’re also going to want to call a veterinarian right away if you see that the budgie is experiencing swelling. Any type of swelling is dangerous, and you won’t be able to know what’s going on until you get help.
Bleeding would obviously be a very bad sign that you shouldn’t ignore. Limping or perching while holding one leg up is a sign that the budgie is injured in some way.
How to Keep Budgies Healthy
Keeping budgies healthy shouldn’t be all that hard when you get down to it. You just need to do your best to care for them.
Ensure that your budgies are eating enough food, and only give them foods that are recommended for budgies. Treats are fine sometimes, but you need to ensure that you aren’t giving the bird things that it shouldn’t be eating.
Give your bird enough room to play, too. You want your budgies to be in cages that are large enough for them to avoid feeling too cramped.
Cleaning the bird cage is also going to be imperative. If you don’t keep up with cleaning the cage, then it could easily get too dirty, and this could negatively impact the health of your birds.
You’ll also want to clean your budgies by giving them access to a bird bath. Budgies actually really love splashing around in these baths, and they’ll do a good job of staying clean.
Give the budgie toys so that they will stay occupied. These birds love to play, and they’ll also really appreciate being kept in pairs so that they won’t get lonely.
Keeping all of this in mind should make it simple to maintain the health of your budgie. Baby budgies will be just fine so long as you’re a good and proactive bird owner.
I have two Associate’s degrees, one in Medical Assisting and the other in Computer Technician, and I am roughly five classes from a bachelor’s degree. Though I never ended up working in the medical field, I have five and a half years of experience in IT. I recently became a stay-at-home mom to my two young boys and also have two dogs and two cats. I grew up with pet dogs, cats, hamsters, budgies, cockatiels, and fish and also love horseback riding. In my spare time, I love to bake and read pretty much anything I can get my hands on.