Questions about my new little friend's living area!
First off, hello! I'm new to the forum. Second, I have two questions which require a large amount of context, so CUE THE WALL OF TEXT!
I recently fell in love with and purchased a young budgie from PetSmart whom I've named Kirbie, just shy of two weeks ago. He seems to be getting along okay, eating, moving about his enclosure, peeping at the dryer, etc -- but the problem I'm having is where his enclosure is situated. He's currently in my bedroom, and although I work from home, I'm rarely in there. I tried working from in the bedroom at one point so I could keep him company, but it was uncomfortable in there. I know that it's very important for a new bird to be in a place with some noise and activity, and at the moment my bedroom is dead silent for most of the day.
I want to move him into the living room so he can sit next to my lizard and I can chat with him while I work, but there are two things stopping this. The first is my cat, who I worry may frighten Kirbie, even though he is extremely well-behaved and the stand and cage are sturdy enough that he wouldn't be able to get in there to hurt the little guy. The second problem is the noise. My boyfriend and roommate get home at midnight and one-thirty in the morning, respectively, and my boyfriend likes to play video games in the living room until three or four in the morning. He's said that he's fine with lowering the volume, but I worry that the noise and light will get past whatever cover I put over the cage and bug little Kirbie in the wee hours of the morning.
So my first question is: How much noise is enough to disturb a budgie's sleep patterns, and/or is the risk worth being able to interact with my new friend regularly?
My second question is much shorter. Since my boyfriend and roommate come home late, I've adapted to a similar sleep schedule and would like to be able to contour Kirbie's sleep cycle a bit as well so I get more time with him. I know they have to have daylight activity, but is midnight-noon an acceptable sleep schedule, or do they have to be up earlier than that?
My main goal is for Kirbie's life here to be a comfortable and pleasant experience for everyone involved. I'd love to have as much advice as you all can give me!
The first matter of importance is recognizing that your cat should not be in the same room with Kirby.
No matter how sturdy you think the cage and stand are, you are putting Kirby at risk if you allow the cat in the same area with the budgie.
It is important that Kirby have normal daylight hours.
I have seven of my budgies housed in the living room and cover their cage around 7:30 each night. The birds are fine with the light from the TV and me working on the computer -- it doesn't disturb their sleep pattern. Of course, the TV is not overly loud.
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Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
It's great to have you with us! I can't wait to meet your budgies soon!
You've been given great advice above It's very important that your budgies are never in a room with the cat, especially unsupervised, no matter how calm the cat appears to be. I would perhaps put him in another room where you spend more time (i.e do you have a home office?) with a door you can close to ensure that the cat doesn't get in.
Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to stay up to date on all the best practices for caring for budgies. If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!
We look forward to seeing you around the forums!
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Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
As stated above, you should not have your bird and cat in the same room. I do happen to have two cats and a dog, and ever since getting my budgie tad, I have not had them in the room, as Tad begins to become uneasy with their presence. That being said, all birds are different, but it is better safe than never. As StarlingWings stated "Do you have a home office?" That would possibly be the best way to spend as much time with your budgie as possible. Have him on your desk while you work, or have him near. I really hope you and your Kirbie have an excellent time bonding with one-another, and find out the wonders of owning a little birdie!
FaeryBee has posted some links; be sure to read each and every one of them
Just to add, budgies need at least 10-12 hours of sleep.
You can post some of Kirby's pics if you like
See you around the forum!