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How long is your parrots out of cage time?

This doesn't apply to parrots in aviaries, unless you take them out to play

How long is your parrots out of cage time every day? I'm curious to see what eveyone answers are!

For my guys they are out for:
4 hours on weekdays
7 +/- hours on Saturday's
10-12 hours on Sunday's and days I am home all day. My room darkens as the sun goes down and only a string of Xmas lights and fish tanks lights up my room, leaving it dim so they know night is here!

And for a second question: what time of night do you put your parrots back?

I put my guys back at 7-7:30pm, rarely I will put them back at 8. They go back easier when it is dark, so it mint be hard in the summer when I gets dark at 8-8:30. Looks like they will come out later on sundays in he summer

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430 to 9pm on weekdays. From whatever time I get up (usually between 8 and 9) until 9pm on Saturday and Sunday. Occasionally we'll have errands to run on the weekends so they go back in during those times.

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6-8:30 on weekdays by their choice-by 8:30 all by birds want to go to bed. 5-7 hours each day on weekends.

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It just varies and it's also different for the 'Tiels than it is for the P'lets. They all get up at the same time, around 0600, will have breakfast family style on their table until kids go to school. The 'Tiels stay out until the last kid has to go which is around 730, he puts them back in cage right before he leaves. The P'lets are my little glue sticks and they don't go back into their cage until I leave for work which could be anywhere from 0730-10, just depends on my schedule for that day.

In the evening it's similar, the kids take the 'Tiels out for dinner around 6 or 630 and they stay out until the kids go to bed at 9p. The P'lets come out when I get home which is usually around 6 ish. They stay out until I go to bed, or until they decide they want to go to bed. Tonight that was about 930, they were playing around and when they are ready they just go to their cage by themselves. Sometimes they stay out with me and will crawl under the collar of my sweater to sleep, sometimes they choose their cage, just depends. They spend almost all the weekend out of cages, from time I get home Fridays until they go to bed on Sundays. They are pretty spoiled.

Basically if i'm home, they are out. If i'm gone, they are caged. The husband isn't responsible for them, besides Marthanóir hasn't decided if she likes him or not and he doesn't feel like getting bitten.
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Out of cage time varies for my linnies. If I'm in MY room which they share, they have a play stand as well in the room then they are out. My computer, phone, books and in one corner is my art working area. The day starts with time out while I get fresh food and water and in to eat. During the day they are out for a 2-3 hrs., back in when I leave because I have cats on the other side of a screen door to the room. On avg. I'd say out for 4-8 hours a day. Sometimes they just go back in the open cages to play, eat or just to be. Bedtime follows the day light hours from season to seasons. My hubby has no desire to go in my room. Bert has "his"room with his stuff.

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Normally 7 am to 7 pm they are out on their play stands. I do put them up of 1 hour while I take the dog for a walk unless husband is home from work, then they are out the full 12 hours.
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Man, I am just curious, does everyone work from home? I feel like an inadequate bird mom, but someone has to bring home the bacon
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Man, I am just curious, does everyone work from home? I feel like an inadequate bird mom, but someone has to bring home the bacon

I feel the same way, somedays my birds don't get out, but they have a very large cage--more of a indoor aviary. However, even when they get out on the weekends for a few hours, they just fly to one spot and cuddle up to each other while enjoying the view. They don't really fly around and get into trouble.

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Man, I am just curious, does everyone work from home? I feel like an inadequate bird mom, but someone has to bring home the bacon
Yes and No, I work about 80-100 hrs a week, but that is about 1/3rd in the office, 1/3rd in the field and then 1/3rd from home. The P'lets cage sits on my desk, so they are always with me...besides, I don't sleep.
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You don't sleep? That's horrible...

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My birds live cage-free, except for the handicapped tiels and budgies which live in flight cages. They all follow a strict solar schedule so the time they get up and go to bed changes with the seasons.
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My linnies have out of cage time about 7 hours a day.
When I'm coming home in the afternoon they are already waiting for me in front of their cage door. When I open the first door Paulchen always screams of joy.
My linnies are not tame, so I can only let them out when I won't have to leave the house any more.
In the evening after cleaning up their cage I switch off their bird lamp, then they will go into their sleeping cabin. That is about 11 pm.
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6-8:30 on weekdays by their choice-by 8:30 all by birds want to go to bed. 5-7 hours each day on weekends.
Our schedule is similar to yours. Out daily 7-9pm, some days also out in am for a short while. Out 5-7 hours on weekends and days off. They play hard during thd daily time. (Their latest favorite is the box from the ice maker filter. The Linnies run into it and pull all the toys laying on the grass mat into the box! So fun to watch.) In for bedtime snack while I clean cages at 8:45, then lights out at 9:00.

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Okay so ignoring my aviary birds I will talk about the birds I had before hand

The Alexandrine's and Amazon were out from about 8-8 in a bird safe room. In the same room I had 2 green cheek conures and a cockatiel. I couldn't trust them to all be out together so I'd have the conures and tiel out for a few hours on the evening. My cockatoo was downstairs and he would be out all day providing somebody would be there with him. My lories and lorikeets had short play times throughout the day. They had to be taken out individually and they're very hard to have out for long periods at a time, they never stop

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So glad that everyones bird get so much out of cage time

Semi realated to this thread: butch, who used to be a struggle to put back at night, is now starting to get the hang of flying to the top of the cage when I start to put birds away. I used to only be able to take him off the top of the bigger tree, then put him on the hanging gym (I could never directly take him to the cage) and then take the hanging gym off the hook and carry it with him on it to the cage. Now he usually flies to the top of the cage and I just keep repeating "time to go back" thoughout the time that I put everyone back. Bobby has started to fly to tue top of the cage to I think feeding them millet once they are in has really helped!!

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Also, I would like to point out that out of cage time isn't the same as one-on-one quality interactions. Those are the moments that create the bond/well trained bird. I would say that at least half of the time my birds are out, they each have my undevoted attention.
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Daily, they have almost all of my attention. I play with them or they climb on me while I'm on my Kindle. I find videos that Scooter likes to sing to LOL! so far his favorites are a sewing machine and a Cockatiel who sings. Weekends and off days, they get 3/4 of my attention since I have other things that need to get done .

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In my opinion a bird being free in a room is the same as being in its cage, just a bigger size. The question here should be how much one one does everyone spend with their birds. They are
socialable creatures and need time with us, not so much in a birdroom.
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In my opinion a bird being free in a room is the same as being in its cage, just a bigger size. The question here should be how much one one does everyone spend with their birds. They are
socialable creatures and need time with us, not so much in a birdroom.

Yes a prison is a prison. But I think you could consider that a bird that is free to fly around a house un restricted has a much better life than one that is kept in a cage. and the size of the cage is another thing to consider.
As for a bird needing human interaction! That should not be the case with a group or flock. They only need the human to provide the food and water.
It is the ones that are taken from the nest and hand fed that become so defendant on their human owners.
So a group or flock in their own bird room or free to fly around inside the house should be happy enough.
Why do I claim this? I have 8 birds of my own that live cage free, some do come to me when they want, but that is their choice not mine. The boarders I take in are allowed to be cage free some of the time but they do get caged at night. I do not want to be up at night because of night frights.
Captive birds can be very content in a home. And I am sorry I cannot consider my homed a prison for the birds I have taken in.
When reading body language you can pick up on contentment.


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