Why Is My Budgie In The Corner?

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Animal lovers around the globe rank budgies as the third most favored pet.

And, they have good reason to do so.

You see, budgies are tiny birds, but they have epic personalities.

Moreover, these birds have very sturdy constitutions and minute appetites, making it relatively easy for pet parents to afford to adopt more than a few birds. 

But, like all birds, budgies tend to hide their illnesses.

In the wild, a sick and tired bird is easy prey.

But budgies are creatures of habit.

So, these birds tend to follow procedures and hide illnesses even when they are perfectly safe from any danger.

Now, such tactics in the wild can save a bird from becoming an immediate kill.

For a domestic bird, hiding illness means that if the pet guardian is not vigilant, then the budgie is in tons of trouble.

Why Does My Parakeet Stay In One Spot?

Now, a budgie (aka Parakeet) sitting in one spot doesn’t necessarily mean that it is sick.

If you have recently adopted a budgie and your budgie isn’t comfortable in your presence or its environment, it will stick to a corner of the cage.

And, such behavior is pretty standard.

The only solution to making your budgie feel more welcome is by giving your bird time. 

(Have a read of my article on how you can bond with your budgie)

You have to allow your bird the time to get used to your voice, your presence, and even your touch. 

Another reason why your budgerigar may stick to one spot may be that your budgie likes the spot.

It may sound incredulous, but budgies have very decided tastes and preferences.

Hence, if your bird likes a particular area, you’re likely to find it in the same every time it wants to chill or relax.

But, yes, if you do find your bird in one corner of its cage very often, particularly on the floor of the cage, then you might want to head to an avian vet. 

Budgies perch.

They don’t sit on their cage floor.

They might come down on the floor to get their favorite toy or pick up a piece of their favorite snack that’s fallen to the floor.

But budgies don’t stay on the cage floor unless they cannot hold on to the perch or keep their balance on the perch. 

How Do I Know My Budgie Is Stressed?

If your budgie is breathing too deeply, losing appetite, molting too often, or just not staying on to its perch and coming onto the floor of the cage too frequently, then you have clear signs that your budgie isn’t well. 

Your budgie is going to try its hardest to make sure that you can’t see any signs of weakness.

If you observe your budgie closely, you will be well aware of most of its habits.

Hence, if you witness that your budgie is suddenly going off all of its routine, then you consult an avian vet.

In short, if your perches with its one foot wrapped into its wings but suddenly starts using both legs to perch or when your parakeet doesn’t chirp as much as it used to, then you need to keep a close eye on your feather-baby to make out what wrong with your winged friend.

Now, budgies are minuscule creatures, and what may seem utterly inconsequential to you may affect your bird harshly.

So, if you’ve changed your bird’s cage location, or there is smoke or perfume in the air, or even just changed your bird’s diet, it will produce a reaction from your bird, and there is never a guarantee that every action has a favorable response. 

How Do I Know My Budgie Is Lonely?

Budgies follow habits.

They rise and sleep according to the rising and setting of the sun.

If they love a particular spot, they stick to it.

And, they love a specific food; they hog on it.

Now, keeping true to their nature, budgies do well in a crowd.

You see, budgies are flock birds.

And, they do well when kept in the company of like-minded friends.

Hence, if you adopt a mature budgie that is accustomed to a flock and bring it on to your home, it’ll have a lot to adjust.

Many budgie lovers even vow that when their budgies are separated from their friends, their budgie throws tantrums by refusing to eat and by screeching and shouting.

So, expect a tantrum or a complete cold-shoulder treatment from your budgie if it has been separated from friends or has been living alone in its cage for too long.

You don’t want your budgie to become bored because this is not good for their health

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As mentioned earlier, budgies stay true to their nature.

All you have to do is understand what that is and provide them with whatever makes them comfortable.

Budgies aren’t sulky or loners by nature, so if you do find your bird in the corner many times, then the best thing to do is to head to the avian vet for a medical check-up.

The most important thing that you can do for your bird is to make sure that you know your bird.

If you are aware of its likes, dislikes, and habits, your bird is rarely going to fall under the weather without you realizing it.


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