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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-16-2018, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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We just returned from a bird expo and was talking to one dealer/breeder who said to not cover the cage, an d leave a night light on. She said that if a strange sound was heard during the night, the bird would be able to see what was going on and not get startled as easily. We have always covered the cage (for over 23 yrs with our last parrot), having read that covering the cage provides a sense of security. We do not have a large enough house to have a separate night-time room for our parrot. Has anyone else heard of this idea of not covering the cage and leaving on a night light?

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I'm sure you will watch and see if your bird has night frights or issues and you can decide what's best for your bird whether you need to cover him or not. Do what you feel is right for you and your bird.

I think it depends on the bird if you need to cover the cage or not, I've had cockatiels who are prone to night frights and would smash around in their cages when I use to cover their cage. I started leaving a small lamp on and some music to mute any outside noises that might scare and upset the birds and I only covered the top and back and partially the sides of the cage. This worked for the tiels but was not the case for the budgies.

My budgies did better when their cage was completely covered at night, they slept better even when there was noise of tv or people coming in and out of the room they slept in. They were fine and I didn't need to bother with music or a lamp.

Now I have a single budgie who refuses the cover on her cage, she wants to be in the midst of company and activity each night despite her being tired. I can put her in her cage and cover it but she complains and crawls all over the cage upside down hanging in weird places to try and see what's going on outside her cage. I've gotten past the cover issue with her and let her have her way.
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