Budgies need to sleep around 12 hours a day, so it’s crucial for them to get a good night’s sleep once lights are out.
Most budgies will sleep through the night without waking up, but occasionally, budgies may wake up to get a midnight snack or a drink of water.
(Check out my article – Do budgies eat at night?)
As budgies require good sleep in order to be happy and healthy, most won’t wake up but if your budgie tends to wake up at night, it might be a good idea to leave a night light near your budgie’s cage so that it can have enough light to see where to go.
So here’s what you’re going to discover in this article
- How much water do budgies drink a day
- Why you don’t see your budgie ever drink water
- How to tell if your budgie is actually drinking water
- How long can budgies go on without water
Let’s get started!
How Much Water Do Budgies Drink a Day?
Budgies are tiny creatures, so they don’t require as much water as dogs and cats do.
In fact, you might not even notice the water levels in the bowl go down.
Birds get the majority of their water intake from their food.
This is why it’s important that budgies are fed fresh fruits and vegetables which give them the water they need to survive.
Watermelons are pretty much all water
Have a read of this article – Can budgies eat watermelon?
On top of that, they will drink some water as well, but it definitely won’t be in large amounts.
The exact amount of water that budgies drink is not certain.
Most budgies generally won’t drink in front of others, so it’s hard to conduct a proper study of how much water they intake daily.
However, some budgie owners state that their birds drink around a teaspoon of water per day.
Although this may not seem like a lot of water, as mentioned, budgies get a lot of their necessary fluids from food.
So don’t worry too much about it!
If you are worried and concerned then it’s always a good idea to talk to your avian vet as they can give you some advice on what to do
Now you may be wondering..
Why Do I Never See My Budgie Drink Water?
Budgies are also considered desert animals as they originally hail from hot Australia.
Over time, they have adapted to living in the harsh Australian outback, so they can survive on very little water.
Even in captivity, budgies won’t drink as much water as other animals might.
If you have never seen your budgie drink water, you’re not alone!
There are many budgie owners that have expressed concern over the fact that their budgie seemingly doesn’t ever drink water.
You might never see your budgie drink water as these birds drink water very infrequently.
And when they do drink, they may just have a tiny sip and be done with it.
These infrequent trips to the water bowl means that you’ll often miss your budgie drinking water.
Another reason that you might not see your budgie drink water is that it is in a new environment.
If you have a new budgie that you have just brought home, it might not feel comfortable enough in its environment to drink when you’re in the room.
A new budgie may not even eat too!
But they do actually eat – when you’re not looking!
I talk about this in my article – Why is my new budgie not eating?
How Do I Know My Budgie Is Drinking Water?
If you want to keep track of whether your budgie is drinking water or not, there are ways to track this.
Of course, the most logical way to see if your budgie is drinking water is to catch it in the act!
Unfortunately, it is not common for budgie owners to see their little birds drink water from the bowl.
Another way to keep track is to buy a water bowl that has little lines that show the water level.
If you don’t have a bowl like this, you can use a pen to draw a line.
You can keep track of the water level lowering over time as your budgie takes little sips here and there.
A third option is to place a camera in the room where you can see your budgie.
As your budgie may not ever drink water when you’re in the room, keep track of whether your budgie drinks when you leave.
A camera will give you a great indication of whether your budgie is drinking water or not.
You gotta play detective mode to catch your budgie drinking water
How Long Can Budgies Go Without Water?
Water is critical for life.
Even though budgies are considered desert animals, they need water to survive and be healthy.
As a general rule, the average budgie can only go up to 24 hours without drinking any water.
Anything past the 24 hours means the budgie will experience worrying symptoms of dehydration.
Budgies may not drink much water every day, but those tiny drops of water keep them alive and healthy.
These tiny birds are very active with incredibly high metaboilisms, so it’s important they have a constant water intake.
Budgie owners are way more likely to see their bird bathe in water than to drink it.
In fact, t’s not uncommon for budgie owners to never see their bird drink even a sip of water.
Although it may not seem like they drink it, water is necessary for their survival.
Budgies will drink a tiny bit of water every day – so little that you might not even notice it.
Here’s some other interesting articles about budgies which I’m sure you’ll love so do check them out
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