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25/01/2012 / featheredfiends

Budgie bedtime is a military style operation

Budgie Bedtime can be a very fraught process at times. I have to follow the routine to the letter otherwise chaos can ensue.

After cages has been cleaned, food and water are changed we can get down to the serious business of the day.

Monty, Snowy and Sky all have to be on perches that are near the front of the cage. Lilek must be on his shelf at the far right end. If this is not followed, Snowy will knock Monty off the perch and Lilek will leap to his shelf in the dark – squiggling and chittering at any budgie in his path.

Photo One shows incorrect bedtime positions, photo two shows correct ones.

Blueboy, Jerry and Roswell get some millet to share before bed, this makes Blueboy feel like a more welcome member of the group as they all cooperate and eat together.

Photo three shows the boys eating.

Photo four is Dumpling (Lilek) on his bedtime shelf, ready to settle down for the night.

Abbie and Hector like to mess around a bit, making weird strangled noises at eachother and trying to preen eachothers feet.

Photos five and six are the two of them messing about!

The lamp is on, budgies are partially covered. I go to wash up their bowls and toys. This takes about 10 minutes as they are left to dry overnight.

When I come back I put the budgies to bed, gently whispering the “Bedtime for budgies rhyme” and pulling down the cage covers for the night.

If I am very lucky they will not stir until my alarm goes off at 7.30am.

Bed times for budgies, Budgie Bedtimes.

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  1. onesweetiepea / Jan 25 2012 10:10 AM

    LOL! Totally love this post! I fully understand the routine & the precision even though I only have a tiny flock compared to yours. Hector & Abbie are a scream!!!

    • Marianne Marlow / Jan 25 2012 10:42 AM

      Thanks Sweetpea. Budgies can be so particular can’t they!
      Hector and Abbie are Bonkers with a Capital B.

  2. stace / Jan 31 2012 9:42 AM

    Dumpling looks wonderful in those black and white shots. Very photogenic.

  3. stace / Jan 31 2012 9:45 AM

    I also have my little bedtime ditty: “Bedtime for birdies, bedtime, bedtime. Bedtime for birdies. Nighty night little one.”

    • Marianne Marlow / Jan 31 2012 9:55 AM

      Hi Stace, mine is “Betime for budgies budgie bedtimes, bedtime for budgies budgie bedtimes. It’s bed time for Monty, bedtime for snowy, bedtime for Sky and bedtime for dumpling. Bed time for budgies Budgie bedtimes. Night night, see you in the morning be good.”

      Have to say this to three cages, I’m hoarse by the end of it! šŸ˜€

      • stace / Feb 1 2012 9:27 AM

        That’s so funny. Made me laugh. I only have to do the little night song and dance for one bird. Your routine sounds like bedtime at the Walton’s, if you remember that show.

  4. featheredfiends / Feb 1 2012 9:29 AM

    Yes I do, it is very much like the Waltons! I have a feeling I may have shortened my little ditty when I wrote it down too as I only really remember all the words when I say it at night times.

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