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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-04-2014, 07:56 PM Thread Starter


 
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playing with lighting to put them back?

when i take my flock out, i leave them out until its dark. if i will be home during the day but not at night, i will not take them out because it is really hard to put them back during the day. if i do put them back during the day, the ones that go back relatively easy will fly out as i try to get others, and others (like bobby and leo) are nearly impossible to put back. at night my room is only lit up with fish tank lights and a string of white x-mas tree lights.

next week i will be starting my first job (woo!) and i will be leaving at about 12:40ish in the afternoon. i would like to take them out in the morning but i am worried that putting them back will be frustrating for me and them. is it wrong to mess with a rooms lighting in order to put them back? i had 2 ways i was going to try:

1. (practicing the days before i start). at night, turn on a lamp to simulate daytime and put them back. hopefully this would prep them for going back when it is light out. i did just try this today. they were settled in on the tree which is when i usually put them back. i put a lamp on and they did start to move around and where more difficult to put back(similar to daytime). i am afraid that this won't work because at night they settle in then i turn the lamp on, and in reality, there would be no settling in before i put them backů which brings me to #2-

2A. i put the shades down a half hour before i put them back and turn the tank lights on to simulate the normal night routine. after the *hopefully* settle down, i put them backů or-

2B. i do the same as 2A, but i put the lamp on also to simulate #1 from above

would this work? after they are back, i would put the shades back up

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I don't know about how you feed them, but can you give them fresh food/seeds right before you need to go out. I know with my very flighty canaries all I have to do is put some leafy greens in the cage and in less than 5 minutes they will all go in to have a bite (okay...sometimes there might be one stubborn one, but it's easy to deal with). I know that's not what you asked, but I think changing the feeding schedule would be easier.

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I was going to suggest the same as Anna! When I had birds like Echo (Indian ringneck) and others who wouldn't come anywhere near me, I would put a nice big tempting bowl of food in the cage and they would soon be in there. As you've said they like the freshly grown seeds you've been doing, could you not throw those in there ?

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My guys aren't that food motivated they like the millet, but the trees are better than snacks in the cage. They have seed and pellets both in an out of the cages. I am giving them veggies in the morning now, they won't eat them any other time of day.

I have been trying to put them back at night with the lamp on, Sunday I will try closing the shades an putting them back at the same time that I would if I had to leave

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