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Old 09-14-2018, 08:59 PM
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Re: Cagey questions for a cockatiel

I don't generally need sleep cages as my birds go to bed in their regular cage in the bird room. If a bird's cage is in an area of the home where people are active,TV, lights, past the bird's bedtime, a sleep cage is important and placed in an area that is dark and quiet. I use a sleep cage if a bird is ill and I want to keep the bird near me during the night. It is a smallish travelcage with 1 perch, a water dish and a pellet dish, covered.
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Re: Cagey questions for a cockatiel

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We tried a sleep cage because her main cage is in the same room as my land hermit crabs, who are nocturnal and make noise occasionally when they fall or hit their shells on the glass, and I wanted her to be in our room with us in case the crabs gave her night frights. However, it only lasted maybe five nights because she started hissing at us and doing her best to get away when it was time to put her in there. We gave it up when it seemed like she was getting more and more angry with it, instead of getting more used to it. She's much happier to sleep in her big cage with a cover. We've had her since the first week of May and no night frights yet! (Knock on wood.)
Perfect example of , yes, no, maybe, never! Our first, Tango, never accepted a cover, complete freak Out! Both JoJo and Bongo love a separate sleep cage, covered!
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Re: Cagey questions for a cockatiel

Not many people use sleep cages for their birds. Those that do may use small cat or bird carriers or just small cages. It doesn't matter much.

As far as night frights go... yes, they can injure themselves. Some people may leave a night light on for their birds, some cover cages, some do partial covers.


My birds don't have sleep cages and I don't use a night light. I also don't cover their cages. If a night fright *does* occur, then I'll turn a light on. As long as they are not in immediate danger, I leave them be. Attempting to intervene could have the negative effect of the bird associating you with whatever startled or frightened them, which results in them losing trust in you.
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