Hi all -
Something weird happened last night. I was awaken at around 3 A.M. by noises coming from my linnie's cage in the living room. He was at the bottom of the cage, in a total panic. He was running around and his heart was going faster than it has ever had. I got him out of his cage and held him against my chest to calm him down. It worked, but when I tried to put him back in his cage he started panicking again. He seemed especially scared of the tent where he always sleeps (he usually loves his tent). I checked to see if he was hurt but he seemed normal & healthy.
I tried the calming him down - putting him back in his cage routine a few times (didn't work - he'd panick every time he approached the cage), then I finally put him in his blankie and I put blanket & birdie inside his old cage, which is smaller, and brought it in my room with me. This morning he went back to his cage and seems fine.

This may sound weird, but could he have had a bad dream? Do birds dream? What could have caused this behavior?
Thanks in advance for any help!
NL
Some birds, especially cockatiels, get "night frights." I don't think it has ever been determined what causes this. Leaving on a night light might help. Perhaps some bug or something crawled through the cage, looking for a tasty morsel. Also, make sure that there are no loose strings, to get caught on around the tent.
Regards
It could be night frights...it also could be something like a spider or moth getting into the cage and frightening your sweetie.
Bren

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As others have said, this could have been night frights. In my experience, the night frights might've been precipitated by something environmental: a shadow moving outside the window, a spider, or especially here in California a minor earthquake. Anytime my flock gets night frights, i turn on the news on the radio to see if there've been temblors nearby.

Yeah, it can take them a while to calm down. Helps to sit up with them, leave a light on, and dim it slowly as they calm. Check for injuries or blood feathers, too.
Hi all - Something weird happened last night. I was awaken at around 3 A.M. by noises coming from my ... had a bad dream? Do birds dream? What could have caused this behavior? Thanks in advance for any help! NL

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