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Old 08-12-2014, 09:49 PM
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Sleep cage?

Quinn has become extremely attached to me.

She isn't destructive so I never close her cage door. In fact, if I do, she'll throw a tantrum. Closing the door for 30 minutes is how we let her know what she did was wrong. Aside from that, it's wide open 24/7.

But, I'm tired of waking up in the morning and finding her in my bed, beak to my nose saying peek-a-boo! until I open my eyes and pay attention to her. I know breakfast is at 7am. But if it's Sunday, can't I sleep in just a bit? 8:30 isn't that far off!

So we need a sleep cage. My room isn't very spacious, so I need something small. Does anyone have any suggestions on what dimensions I should look for to serve as a sleep cage for a CAG?

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Old 08-12-2014, 10:07 PM
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Re: Sleep cage?

I'd use a travel cage. I use Iris's travel cage to take her outside and all the birds hang out on it in my office. It would probably need some better latch for a CAG while you're sleeping though.
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:21 PM
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Re: Sleep cage?

She's not a traveler. This is why I never have to worry about closing her primary cage door. I do have her travel carrier (which is an airline cat carrier) and a fold up wire cage but I think if I closed the door on it, she'd feel like she was being punished. I love her outgoing, happy spirit. The last thing I want to do is hurt her feelings or make her feel like she's done something wrong. She just wants to be near me.

Would a simple, round playstand in my room work?

I've read studies where it's actually a good idea to move them around from one cage at night to a different cage in the daytime. Birds don't roost and play in the same locations in the wild. It makes perfect sense to me.
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:27 PM
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Re: Sleep cage?

I don't see how a playstand would keep her out of your bed. I think a cage is a safe place for my birds to sleep. It's where they get their favorite treats and have their favorite toys. It's not a punishment.

Just my opinion though. I think there's WAY too much trouble a smart parrot without a cage can get into while you're sleeping.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:09 PM
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Re: Sleep cage?

I understand what you're saying but after all this time of sleeping 'free' I feel like suddenly locking her in a cage wouldn't be a good idea.

She doesn't necessarily want to be IN the bed. She's happy being in the same room with me. That's why I was thinking a simple playstand would suffice since she could sleep on that at night. If her cage weren't so big, I'd move it to my room but I'd have to take my bed out to accommodate it. Then where would I sleep? LOL

There's also the added issue that winter is coming and living in the mountains in Utah, it get god awful cold here! My room is always very warm, but the downstairs is cold at night. Regardless, it would be a good idea to sleep her in my room at night.
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Old 08-13-2014, 12:09 AM
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Sleep cage?

Chili used to sleep freely in the same room as us; she would sleep on her boing all night long. If Quinn is happy just being in the same room, and would stay put in the mornings, I would try a boing and hang it from the ceiling.

(Now she sleeps on her boing inside her cage lol)
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Re: Sleep cage?

Gina!!! So good to 'see' you!

I think a T-stand and/or a Boing would work just fine for Quinn. Always worth a try. And if she still ends up in your bed (playing peek-a-boo), then you could possibly resort to a smallish cage in your bedroom, no?
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:41 AM
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Re: Sleep cage?

Quote: Originally Posted by Phlox View Post
I think there's WAY too much trouble a smart parrot without a cage can get into while you're sleeping.
This is essentially how I lost my quaker. I'd never consider leaving my CAG's cage open while I slept.
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