Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Bundaberg - Australia
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All my flock get covered up at night, but the times do vary.
My "outside" birds (2 budgies, Bundy and Aussie and lovebird Uno) get covered up at around 5 to 5.30 pm. They are uncovered again around 8.00 am, but are awake long before then.
Tilly the cockatiel is crying to go to bed by 6.00 pm, and is covered up and put away then, much to her pleasure. She's uncovered again around 7.30 am.
Gizmo the budgie, who used to be called Skye, goes to bed much later than all the others as he's located in my office where I hang out most of the time. He gets covered up around 7.30 pm, and is uncovered again around 6.30 am, but is awake before then.
My morning routine with all of them is to gather up their seed and water containers and wash them. Then I give them their veggies for breakfast, but only Tilly will eat them. Then I give them all fresh seed and water, and a cage tidy up. They all get a celery leaf about every second day, but only Tilly and the 2 outside budgies, Bundy and Aussie, will eat them.
Every Saturday is major cage cleaning day, and all the cages are stripped out, thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and re-assembled.
Tilly has a lot of out of cage time, and always clings to my wife, we've nicknamed her Velcro. Her wings have a light clip.
Gizmo has pretty much an open cage policy as his wings are clipped. I leave his cage door open most of the time, with a long ladder down to the floor, but he mainly prefers to stay in his cage and play. This makes taming him and bonding with him somewhat difficult.
Sometimes he'll venture out and play on his play gym.