Budgies are sociable animals
That means they need company – They love being in a flock
They thrive at this
And of course, you’re part of their flock too
Sometimes we can’t always be there for our budgies
But what about if you’re going on a vacation?
Or something important has come up and you need to be away for a few days
A question may arise and you may wonder – Can budgies be left alone for a week?
In short – no they can’t be left alone for a week
Forget a week, you shouldn’t leave a budgie alone for more than 24 hours
The less they are alone the better
You see, budgies are used to company and being in a flock
Now imagine a whole week! That is dangerous
I’ll tell you why
If a budgie is left alone for too long it can cause anxiety and boredom (Check out my article – Can budgies die of boredom?)
Your budgie may become stressed too
Another factor you have to consider is how will they be fed? Who will give your budgie company
Let’s get into more detail in this article
How Many Days Can You Leave a Bird Alone?
It shouldn’t be more than 24 hours
Even then, you should try to not let your bird be alone for more than 8 hours
If you’re at work then yes, you got no other option
But if you had a choice, you shouldn’t let your budgie be alone for more than 24 hours
If possible, less than 24 hours if you can
I would recommend having a family or friend come over to feed your budgie and spend some time with your budgie if you’re going to be gone for over 24 hours
Another thing to remember is, you have to make sure your budgie is used to your family member or friend otherwise they may not appreciate their company
This is because your budgie has no idea who that stranger is or if they have been around your family member or friend, your budgie may get jealous and become aggressive towards them
So if you are thinking about getting someone to check in on your budgie and spend time with them
You should do this a a couple weeks in advance if possible just so your budgie gets used to their presence
Do Budgies Like To Be Left Alone?
Budgies don’t like to be left alone
But hey, all budgies have different personalities
In general, budgies love company as they are very sociable birds
So to leave a budgie alone can cause boredom and depression
If you have to work during the day and you have no choice but to leave your budgie alone, that’s a different matter
You should, however, make sure they have plenty of toys, food and water available
Puzzles, swings (Which by the way I wrote an article about – Why do budgies like swings?) should be available for your budgie
I’m pretty sure your budgie knows your routine so would expect to be left alone for a certain amount of hours
Leaving your budgie alone for longer than a day is not advisable
How Long Can My Parakeet Be Left Alone?
As mentioned earlier, the maximum should be 24 hours
Even then I would not recommend this
Unless you have someone to come over and look after your budgie for that duration
This should be okay because at least you know your budgie is being fed and has some company
Try your best to not let this situation happen though
Yes, sometimes things are not in our control so it’s important to plan ahead and make sure your budgie is comfortable around other people too
That way, your budgie is not overly attached to you
Do Budgies Get Bored Alone?
If your budgie is used to being alone for a certain time, then they may get used to it and know your routine
Always make sure they have some things to do to keep them entertained
But if your budgie is not used to be alone, then yes, they can get bored
Boredom in budgies is not very good as this can cause depression too and anxiety
One option is to get another budgie (if you can)
This would be great because as mentioned, budgies love company
Having a friend would do a world of good for your budgie especially if you have to go work
Your budgie would have a companion and someone they can play with and I guess talk to!
It will give you a piece of mind knowing your budgie has a friend and is not alone
Another thing would be to get a large bird cage
Your budgie will have plenty of space to fly about and you get the opportunity to add plenty of toys
Check out my article where I recommend some pretty big bird cages
Also, I’ve written an article about budgies living alone
You can check it out here >> Can a budgie live alone?
What To Do With a Budgie When You Go On Holiday?
The best thing you could do is have someone over to spend time with your birdie
Remember though, you have to plan this in advance and make sure your budgie is used to the person that’s going to give time
It’s very important to plan in advance
So if you’re going on a vacation in a 2 months time
Get your family member or friend that will be coming over to start to come way before you go on vacation
Get your budgie used to their presence
Allow the person to feed your budgie and play with it
That way your budgie will be used to them so when you’re on holiday, your budgie won’t miss you (Kidding, they’ll miss you of course but not as much!)
This leads me to my next point
Do Budgies Miss Their Owners?
If you have just one budgie and they’re so used to you doing everything for them and playing with them, then yes, they will miss you
Budgies can become very attached especially if they’re the only budgie
So if you going away for a day or even a couple of hours, they will miss your company as they’re used to it and have created that bond with you
Remember, you become part of their flock
But if you have more than one budgie then they may not miss you as much as a single budgie would because they have friends to keep them busy!
That’s why it’s a good idea to give your budgie a friend (if you can)
Your budgie has company and they’re not overly attached to you so you can go out of the house for a couple of hours
Sometimes a overly attached budgie can be difficult because budgies do get jealous and as soon as you don’t give them that attention they used to because things have changed it can cause bad behavior
I talk more about this in my article – Do budgies get jealous?