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6pm 2 6.90%
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Do your birds have a bedtime?

Do your birds have a specific bedtime every night? If so, when? Please vote! If Other, describe to us. Also, what are your bedtime and morning routines? I'm interested to know what we all do!




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I'll just go ahead and say that I'm putting Petrie to bed around 9pm. He usually gets tired (he's a very sleepy baby!) and so I put a sheet over his cage when he does.




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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.

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Thanks for such a detailed reply! That's what I like to see.




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My birds go to bed when I turn off the lights.. Which vary's by night...11-12 most nights.. Then I am up usually by 8:30 to give then breakfast!

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Generally 830-9, because that's roughly the time 12 hours later when I'd get up for school/work. Now I'm off for winter semester it hadn't been so strict. I'll have to change big time for spring as my one class is in the evening 2 nights a week....

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I voted 8 but it is around eight thirty just so that she has a constant schedule that she feels safe in and she isn't stressed at any time of when it will be quiet. I just cover her cage half way so she has enough air and light (she has a nightlight by her cage) and put her in a quiet and safe room (I have a hungry dog).

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My parrotlet goes to bed by 7:30 or he starts getting really mad. LOL. My linnie and budgie go to bed around 8:30 and Mina my linnie gets a little frantic to get upstairs as the time approaches. Cozette the budgie doesn't mind either way. She goes on and off with the lights . My birds sleep in a spare bedroom so I do not cover them, the only exception being when Oliver my plet sleeps in his spare cage in the livingroom. I cover him then so any lights do not bother him. If it gets to cold in the evening, then I run a space heater for them.

At night after everyone has played and had their dinner, they get a kiss and put in their cage. I change water every night, food and paper every other night. Our morning routine is they get woken up about 6am on weekdays due to everyone getting ready. About 6:30 I give them their breakfast. At 7 we all leave and they usually doze a bit more. On weekends, they wake up at sunrise when the light comes into the room. When Oliver sleeps in his sleep cage, usually on weekends, he gets uncovered about 8am but is already awake. He then has coffee with me (not literally) and we share oatmeal. Then he goes outside in his outside cage for a while to catch some sun and the girls get their breakfast.
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I clicked 'Other' because my birds go to sleep with the sun They follow a natural cycle and they're all outdoors. I don't intend on covering my aviaries I try to keep it as natural as possible, it helps with breeding, hormones and such

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My outdoor ones are the same as Daisy, they go to bed and wake up with the sun except for Buddy even though he's outside I have to cover his cage because he likes to wake everyone up early.
The indoor ones go to bed when I do which is usually around 11 to 12pm but I'm hoping to get a better routine going for them soon, I have to remove Rex's balls before bedtime because he likes to throw them around for a good half hour at midnight

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I've also clicked 'Other' because their bedtime (and dinner) depends on the season as they follow a strict solar schedule. This time of the year, they get breakfast at 7:15am and their lights go on at 7:45am, dinner gets served at the same time that lights go out at 4 pm (the only cage that gets covered is the one with the female Senegal in the diningroom and she gets it uncovered and her lights on at the same time as the birds in the birdroom, she also has light off and dinner at the same time as the birds in the birdroom but her cage gets covered at 6pm when it's completely dark and she is already asleep). The solar schedule keeps their endocrine system healthy and in tune with the seasons and prevents sexual frustration, off-season/chronic laying, screams, plucking, aggression, etc.
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At about 10.30 pm I begin cleaning up my linnie's cage, and then I play their Go to bed song.

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After that I say "Now we switch the light off, and then your parrot's day is over".
Hearing this sentence Janosch already walks into his sleeping cabin.
Then I switch off the bird lamp, and Paulchen follows.
They do their night preening and after about 15 munutes I also switch off the small living room lamp. That is about 11.30 pm.
Then only the night lamp is burning until I also go to bed, the linnies are already asleep.
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If the birds are out onthe trees, they go back around 7-7:30 (probably will be 8:00 during the summer when it still light out). When I cover them up varies. I try to coverthem at 8-9, but it's usually 9-10 weekdays whe. I go to school they get uncovered at 6:30 am and on weekends they get uncovered 7-8 am it might be 'late' in the morning when they get uncovered, but they know they will be out for the whole day

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See, this is so interesting! Everybody's situation is different so it varies for everybody! Thanks for all the responses, guys!




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I have to remove Rex's balls before bedtime because he likes to throw them around for a good half hour at midnight
I'm having a very immature moment right now

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I'm having a very immature moment right now
I've been waiting to see who'd comment first.

All I have to say is "OUCH!"

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I'm laughing really hard right now....




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I'm laughing really hard right now....
Actually, I was expecting you to be the first to comment.

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my sister has a laugh every time I tell her he loves playing with his balls, I suppose I'll have to phrase it better if I say it to anyone who doesn't know Rex is a bird

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The sun tells my birds, in their own room when it's bedtime and they tell me loud and clear 5:30-6:00 in the winter, (even if I close the blinds so they can't see the dark) getting later as the days get longer. Only the fruit/veggie dishes come out. I cover the cages on 3 sides as they get into their sleeping places, the front is open. If I forget to cover the cages before I turn the light off they get loud to let me know, I don't get very far

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