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Won't settle down for the night!!

Don't know what is wrong with Sparkle but she's refusing to settle down for the night! We've gone through the same night time routine of some scritches, cuddles and then gradual lights down, covers on and lights out. She is screaming bloody murder at the moment, flying inside the cage and climbing all over the place! I have no idea how to get her to settle. I tried going back, talking to her softly and repeating the "night night" phrase I use for sleep time, tried ignoring her... Nothing!! She's still throwing a tantrum and not settling. Help me please I need to go to bed soon! It's 1am!!!

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Sorry I have no idea other than is anything different in her cage? Other than that a good set of ear plugs.
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Is there anything new in the room? Something silly can be something big to them! For instance I left the hoover in the living room and Perry was hiding up the corner, beak open staring at it and shaking! If they don't feel secure with something they will freak out. Did it just randomly happen or was she freaking out all evening?

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Nothing different in room or cage! She was being a big brat! Screamed till about 2 am then went to bed! Then screamed again this morning as soon as she heard my steps upstairs. I think she's testing me.

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Perry is a good screamer in the morning, I just ignore him and walk past

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Does he have a Sleep Tent/Happy Hut? 8pm comes around and Maxx climbs in his to settle down for the night. I usually cover his a bit after that and he is good for the night.



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Yes she has her sleep tent, and everything else in the world! Spoiled little brat she is

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3 questions. 1. Everytime she screams are you going back to her to tell her no, or goodnight? If so, you've trained her to yell for attention. Simplest way to fix this, as painful as it is, ignore her. She's got to learn shes not getting what she wants by being loud. My macaw did this when we first got her.

2. Are you giving her a night light or complete dark? KC was afraid of the dark, and needed to be reassured that she was not alone. Sounds like for her, she needs a period of low light, then dark. Shutting light off cold turkey can startle them badly, causing screaming.

3. What time are you starting getting her up, and putting her to bed? 1 am, WAYYY too late for birds to be up. I wake mine up at 9 am (8 30 am low light) and they get low light at 9 pm. Lights out at 10.



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1-first time she screamed like that I thought she was injured and had to check on her. Other than that she got ignored.
2- she has one corner of cage uncovered and has a night light.
3- she gets up each morning at 5am with me and goes to bed at around midnight. She naps during the day.

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I know many who put their birds to sleep at 7 however at around that time my birds are usually asleep! They follow the sun mostly in the outdoor bird room we have 2 night lights. One in front of the parrotlets and Darwin and the other in front of the Kakarikis indoor compartment, the mixed aviary's indoor compartment and the lovebirds. The birds in my room and living room sleep the longest. The conures and lovebirds in the conservatory go with the sun, so at this time of year they're asleep at 4:30 haha!

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My budgies are in their own room so they go more or less with the sun. Sparkle is in the living room so she goes to bed when I do. Mind you she does have 8 hrs of peace without me while I'm at work, and I know she's napping during the day cuz of the poops

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5 hours is not enough sleep so maybe that is the problem. Birds need 10-12 hours a night. Try covering the cage earlier. Not enough sleep also makes them cranky, and not easy to deal with.



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It's also bad for their health

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Well she's going into the budgie ie bird room this weekend after quarantine is done, so she will be ok soon for sleep patterns. That's is budgies let her lol... They're a noisy bunch!

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Yeah that is way too late for her to go to sleep, probably what is causing the issue, she's cranky. Is there any way for someone to cover her earlier, if there is not a way you can do it? Birds need at least a steady 10 hours.



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Yes definiatly try more sleep for her.

I have a problem with my gcc. She goes to bed perfectly but every morning at 6:30 EXACTLY. She hangs up side down and flaps her wings and bangs toys and screams to be uncovered LOL


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My green cheek contact calls for a few minutes after lights out... Then settles , but if any one goes out of the bedroom any time thru the night she greets them with a contact call... I don't think she ever sleeps...lol
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Yeah that is way too late for her to go to sleep, probably what is causing the issue, she's cranky. Is there any way for someone to cover her earlier, if there is not a way you can do it? Birds need at least a steady 10 hours.
I can cover her, but if I'm running around she will throw her self into a raging tantrum fit.

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Yes definiatly try more sleep for her.

I have a problem with my gcc. She goes to bed perfectly but every morning at 6:30 EXACTLY. She hangs up side down and flaps her wings and bangs toys and screams to be uncovered LOL
Lol, mine seems to do it at night, same thing though!

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My green cheek contact calls for a few minutes after lights out... Then settles , but if any one goes out of the bedroom any time thru the night she greets them with a contact call... I don't think she ever sleeps...lol
Well Sparks let out just a few calls last night before settling. I don't think it's the lack of sleep to be honest. She's well rested and spunky. I think that episode was solely a test of my patience.

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