Night Fright in Budgies

Night frights are situations which occur in the night when budgies become suddenly agitated, flapping their wings and flying erratically around the cage while making loud noises. A night fright may involve all or some of the budgies in a cage. The budgies may sometimes fly into the cage bars and thus injure themselves.

Budgies can injure themselves during a night fright. This can result in broken wings or in blood feathers which can cause excessive bleeding in budgies and, in some cases, death. Night fright in budgies is contagious. A budgie which experiences night fright may induce night fright in others.

What causes Night Fright?

The exact cause of the phenomenon is unclear. It is supposed the budgies get "night fright" when they are suddenly startled from their sleep. The causes which alarms the budgie can be a cockroach which enters the cage, a sudden light from a vehicle which may disturb the darkness of the night,a barking dog, even a sudden gust of wind can unsettle the budgies and cause night fright.

Some believe the night fright are causes when budgies have a bad dream a human equivalent of a nightmare. Well, while that is probable, we really do not know for sure as to what goes on inside their tiny heads.

Preventing Night Frights

Night frights can be prevented by providing a dark environment for the budgies in the night without any disturbance. You can cover the bird cage with a dark cloth to protect them from outside stimuli. When a night fright does occur, switch on the lights at once. Try to calm your budgiesvby talking softly to them. Once they have calmed down look into cage and inspect the budgies for physical injuries such as broken wings or bleeding feathers. Some pet owners suggest having a night lamp in the room where you have your budgies cage. The birds apparently find this reassuring.