Should You Cover Your Bird’s Cage at Night?

Sometimes Theo appreciates the privacy when I lower one side of the cage cover.

Q: Are we supposed to cover our bird’s cage at night?

-Pam G., Birmingham, AL

A: To cover, or not to, is an individual choice. I know many bird owners and they all have their preference and their own reasons for them. For instance, Jamie and Dave do not cover their birds at night, opting for the more natural “sunrise to sunset” daily schedule for them. Since their birds spend a great deal of the year in outdoor aviaries, that ...

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Night Frights in Cockatiels

Cockatiel

I can barely remember a time when I didn’t have cockatiels – they are one of my very favorite parrot species. As long as I have kept them, however, I have dealt with their night frights – a sudden disruption to their sleep that causes them to thrash in fear in the middle of the night. (Night frights are not limited to cockatiels, but they seem to be the species which suffers from them most.)

It’s a frightening experience for us too – the house is completely quiet and, suddenly, ...

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Are Your Birds Getting Enough Sleep?

White Budgie

I was lying on my bed watching the History channel this morning, when Theo, my goffins cockatoo, toddled up to the side of the bed wanting to come up.  I swung my leg over the side of the bed and she hopped on my foot waiting for the elevator ride up.  She marched right up and took her usual spot on my chest, resting her head on my chin.

It was just a couple of minutes before I could feel all of her body weight on the side of ...

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