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Old 04-23-2014, 09:12 AM
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I currently have my U2s cage in the eatin/family room area of my house. This cage is 40 x 40 x 60. Since it is where I usually watch tv in the evenings I am wondering if I need to consider buying another cage for my U2 to sleep in. If so, what size cage does a sleep cage need to be?
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:23 AM
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Re: Sleep cage

A small, sturdy cage may do! Or maybe even a modified dog kennel?


Would suggest a carrier, but then you might end up with something like this!


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Old 04-23-2014, 10:17 AM
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Re: Sleep cage

Oh My - you made me laugh. That bird sure wanted out of the carrier.
I will check into a small dog kennel. Would something the size that I would need in case of an emergency and I would need to leave my house in a hurry be something that I am looking for? I must admit that I don't think I've even seen a picture of "sleep cage."
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Re: Sleep cage

We have a smaller cage in another room for Butchie (he's the only one that gets crabby if he doesn't get his beauty rest!)
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:43 PM
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Re: Sleep cage

Can you measure it for me? I do have this vision of Dopey chewing himself out of his cage. How big is the wire for the smaller cage?
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:41 PM
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Re: Sleep cage

It's still a cage designed for a Too, just not as large as a daytime cage..
That's the issue you get into getting a cage designed for a smaller bird, the wire size and such is not going to withstand that big beak!
I think it's like 32x32x40 with large gage bars.
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:10 PM
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Re: Sleep cage

Ok - thanks so much. I will just keep my eyes out for another cage. Right now covering the cage seems to work but I can hear him moving around in there.
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Re: Sleep cage

A sleep cage is whatever you make of it, honestly! I've used small cages as well as carriers for my mitred conure! It certainly wouldn't hurt to have a travel cage/emergency cage!

Currently though I'm not using sleep cages.
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:45 AM
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Re: Sleep cage

Are your cages in the room where you watch tv at night? I'm assuming you watch tv. Once I cover his cage he settles down but will the lights in the room bother him? Or am I being too much of a mom here and trying to over do things?
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Re: Sleep cage

The way I figure, the jungle isn't quiet or pitch black at night so they don't *need* 100% dead silence/0 light to sleep. Kiwi gets covered at 9pm, and is fast asleep within 10/15 minutes. The noise from watching something or chatting is not enough to keep him up. I guess if you plan to throw loud parties and shine a spotlight into the birds cage area, you might need a sleep cage in another room, but so long as it's normal-low noise/light levels most people have during the later hours, parrots are fine with just a dark cover. My boy actually sometimes falls asleep in my lap when we have a movie on and its close to his bedtime.

Another important thing is to have a reasonable bedtime. They need about 8-10 hours of sleep, so considering most people wake them up at 7/8am, they don't really need to go to bed until 9/10pm. A bird who isn't sleepy will have a lot of problems falling asleep if it's put to bed very early, and a tv or light could make that even worse. A sufficiently sleepy bird will fall asleep regardless of whats going on around them (within reason). Just another thing to keep in mind too.
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