Join Date: May 2010
Location: Arnold, MO
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Welcome to the forum. I have a GCC, a Hahns Macaw and a Parrotlet. Regarding covering their cages, I think it's all what they are used to. All 3 of mine are covered at night (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.), but have a night light. I use double bed sheets, and since the cages are so big, the sheets only cover the top half of the cages.
As soon as they are covered, my GCC and Parrotlet are immediately quiet, so I don't have any problems putting them to "bed". They stay quiet until they are uncovered. My Hahns Macaw will mumble softly to himself for about 15 minutes ("good boy", "night-night", etc) until he falls asleep.
Some birds do not want to be covered, and that's fine -- they're not covered when they live outside! A night light might help with being afraid of the dark.
GCC definitely want to be THE BOSS -- especially over YOU! And yes, you can spoil your bird, very easily. I've read that you shouldn't give a bird any more attention in the first 2 weeks than you plan on giving it for the rest of it's life. The bird will expect your undivided attention from them on. He needs to learn to play independently and entertain himself right from the beginning.
Hope this helps a little. Please post a picture or two of Mango when you can!
JoAnne, Libby (2/10),Angelina (12/07), and Charley (11/10)
Also owned by Essie,Minnie & Oscar