When considering adopting a new pet, the cuddle factor is often one of the most important aspects to look into. In this article, I will answer several questions you might have about budgies and whether or not they like to cuddle.
Do budgies like to be held by their owner?
When you first get your budgie, they will likely be scared of you. But with some time and the right training, most budgies will bond to their owners. This means they like to spend time with you and want to be as close to you as possible. The more you gain your budgies’ trust, the more they will like to be around you.
Most budgies don’t like to be physically held in someone’s hand, but they do like to perch on your hand, finger or shoulder. Some budgies even like to sit on your chest when you lie down. Other budgies, however, prefer to not perch on your body, but rather sit on a perch close to you.
What your budgie prefers depends on their individual personality, their likes and dislikes and their bond with you.
Do budgies like to cuddle their owner?
Like I stated in the previous paragraph, this all depends on your budgies personality, likes and dislikes and their bond with you. If you are very close to your budgie and have their full trust, there is a big chance they like to cuddle you. My budgie Sky, for example, loves to sit on my shoulder and snuggle up to my neck. However, she only does this with me. My partner is usually the victim of a vicious bite when he invites her to sit on his shoulder.
Not all budgies like to cuddle though, so please don’t be disappointed if your budgie is cuddling you. Your bond can still be very strong, but your budgie might just not be the cuddly type. My other budgie Charlie, for example, likes to spend time with me and my partner, but he doesn’t like to cuddle. He’ll happily sit on a perch close to us or perch on our finger though.
Whether or not your budgie likes to cuddle is up to them and cuddling them should always be with their consent.
Do budgies like to cuddle other budgies?
In nature, budgies have several ways to show affection towards flock members. One of these ways is by preening each other. Preening means that a budgie helps another budgie maintain its plumage. Since they need to sit close to each other to reach the other birds’ feathers, it can look like they are cuddling one another.
When budgies feel cold or sick, they often snuggle up with a flock member to preserve body heat. Even though this looks adorable, it’s a bad sign. Budgies are prone to hiding their illnesses to avoid being caught by predators in the wild. When you see your budgies cuddling to keep warm, please look for other signs of illness. These signs can include puffing up their feathers(which is also done to preserve warmth), excessive sneezing or looking lethargic. If you see any of these signs, take your budgie to an avian vet as soon as possible. Once a budgie gets too sick to hide its symptoms, its illness is bad.
Do budgies like to be pet?
Some budgies like to be pet, but most are too skittish to give it a try. If your budgie likes this depends entirely on its personality and its bond with you. If your budgie is brave enough to let you touch its head, you might be able to give petting a try. If your budgie steps away as soon as it realizes you are planning on touching it, your bird might not be the type to accept pettings. You can of course try to convince your budgie that it’s safe and fun by offering some treats, but keep in mind that your budgie has the final say in the matter. Never try to force petting on them and always keep an eye on their body language to see if they consent to what you are trying to do.
Hopefully, this article has given you the answers about budgies and whether or not they like to cuddle, amongst some other interesting cuddle-related facts. Keep in mind that budgies are skittish creatures and prey animals, so being cuddled against their will causes their fight or flight instincts to kick in. Always keep an eye on your budgies’ body language to ensure you have their consent.