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Redirecting unwanted behavior in my GCC.

Lily is 7 months old. All of my birds' cages are in my bedroom. Since daylight savings time began Lily has started plucking her cage bars to wake me up in the morning. I dont mind the birds waking me up by singing, or yelling even, but the cage bar thing is making me crazy! I don't know how to redirect this. She is obviously doing it to wake me up. I can't give her a different toy to make noise with because by the time I do that, I'm awake and she has her reward, I can pretend to sleep through it, but I think she knows I'm already awake. She will start saying "hi!" as soon as I wake up. If I ignore it and go back to sleep, she starts over right as I'm aboout to drift off again.

My house is old, drafty and weird. My bedroom has beem bird proofed, extra insulated for drafts, and is one of the biggest rooms in the house. I would rather she stay in that room with her fidlings.

Meh! Any suggestions would be much appreciated!!
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Can you cover the area she is strumming with a straw mat or something to redirect the activity??
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South American species love to have a sleeping cabin.
You can buy a tube or a wooden cabin for small animals.
It's worth trying if she lets you sleep then.

And does your bedroom have blinds?
That would additionally help her to stay quiet.
Animals need a certain time to get used to daylight saving time, that's normal.
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Those sound like great ideas. I would invest in some blackout blinds. I ordered mine from very cheap from jcpenny online (mine are just pull down all white and I cover them with currents). I entered my window measurements and they mailed them to me custom. My husband installed them but they were easy.

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She has a fleece snuggle thingy I made her that she cuddles up to as night but maybe I'll get her a tee oee swing or happy hut and see if that helps. If not then I'll go with the black out shades. I have custom made blinds that a friend of mine made and I'd hate to take them down or cover them up.

This morning I hung some paper board inside her cage and she chewed on that, but by then I was awake and her mission was accomplished.
We'll see what happens tomorrow.

Thanks for the ideas! They were all great.
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She has a fleece snuggle thingy I made her that she cuddles up to as night but maybe I'll get her a tee oee swing or happy hut and see if that helps. If not then I'll go with the black out shades. I have custom made blinds that a friend of mine made and I'd hate to take them down or cover them up.

This morning I hung some paper board inside her cage and she chewed on that, but by then I was awake and her mission was accomplished.
We'll see what happens tomorrow.

Thanks for the ideas! They were all great.
Happy wings on etsy has sleeping tubes with removable, washable fleece covers. I love mine.

Maybe blackout curtains instead? Then you can tie them back during the day so the nice blinds are visible.

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Blackout curtains or blinds worked miracles for me, especially with a rather cranky 'not a morning bird' orange winged Amazon

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I added some strips of fleece around the area she sleeps and it seems to have done the trick. She is sleeping better at night and isn't as grumpy in the morning.
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