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Old 03-25-2020, 10:38 PM
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CAG bedtime

My rehomed grey goes crazy nervous around 8:00-9:00 pm start chewing feet, tightens up his feathers, and starts barbing his feathers, I feel like we have to rush to bed so we doesnt tear feathers off his chest. Hes in the family room. He is really calm all day. Except when hes out with me and my wife but hes getting better in that regard. The bedtime thing we are a little stumped on.

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Re: CAG bedtime

Have you had him long?

With Enzo, her normal routine is to chill out with me where ever I am an hour or so before her bed time, she has a snack and a drink during this time then she will grind her food. When she says 'ni-night' ill take her to her cage in the kitchen, I will usually already have it half covered and a dimmable lamp set to 30%. She wants head scratches/cuddles then and over a 5-10minute period ill occationally tell alexa to do dim the light by 10%. When it gets to 10% its quite dark and Enzo is usually super relaxed then and will trundle off to her sleep perch.

So, all very comfortable and relaxed, usually.

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Re: CAG bedtime

We have had him about 2 1/2 weeks. He’s 18 years old. He has never been covered my other parrot I always cover. After dinner We do a little target training and let him cruise around the house. Then like clock work he climbs up to his swing which is where he sleeps and starts going at his feet and chest until we turn the lights off and go to bed. It’s our bedtime anyways but, I was wondering if anyone had ever experienced this or something like it with a re homed grey
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Re: CAG bedtime

Sorry, I misunderstood. When Enzo goes up to her sleep perch, she wants to sleep and generally is within minutes, in the dark and quiet environment as her cage is in the Kitchen rather than my living room. Have you tried covering him up at an earlier time than your bed time, it might be he is simply over tired and he cant sleep with you guys watching tv, chatting and lights on etc. His previous owners may have given him his quiet sleep space and he's not got accustomed to not having it. I try and get Enzo to bed at 8:30pm every night, I dont go to bed till gone 1am usually so I have to give Enzo her own 'bedroom'.

One thing to note, ive recently moved my office downstairs, and Enzo is harder to get to sleep now. I am disturbing her for sure. If she fights her sleep and goes to bed later, she gets snappy and disorientated, over tired little child.

For reference, Enzo is 15 and has also been re-homed twice before coming in to my home.

Also, 2.5 weeks is also nothing, he will be getting used to his surroundings im sure.
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Re: CAG bedtime

Hello Cycletim,

Welcome to the PFs, glad you found us.

How much history did you get? That's important because Grey's are all about routine. He is trying to communicate with you. And you are missing the point, hence the stressed behavior. Maybe he used to go to bed earlier? Or like bigfellasdad & I do, spending quality time with them every night before bedtime. I call it our snuggle time. He hangs on me & we bond. I scratch his head, cheeks, under his beak and if he was a cat he'd purr.

I would recommend if at all possible try to find out what his nighttime routine was. If you can't then start your own routine. Be consistent and eventually, he'll not only accept it, but he'll look forward to it.

I also cover Levi & he loves being covered.

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Re: CAG bedtime

We met several times with his old owner. It was pretty much he goes to bed at 8-9 the man who had him lost his wife to cancer in what I assume was a long process and I suspect Jasper developed some bad habits in the process tragically. I don’t know what to do as I write this he’s going crazy back and forth between where he sleeps and his cage bars. We turned all the lights off and are watching a movie. I fear there will be no feathers left on him
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Watch that movie another time and spend the time settling him. He is in a new environment so I'd put all of my focus on making him comfortable
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Re: CAG bedtime

I agree with bigfellasdad.

Jasper just lost everything. I'm surprised he is only stressed at bedtime.

19 years (his entire life) was spent with one loving family. And then the S&^T hit the fan and he lost everything.

You need to take baby steps with him.

Read these:
Tips for Bonding and Building Trust
Cag 101

Be gentle, calm and speak in a soft voice. I would offer him some chamomile tea. (Levi loves it.)
He's a nervous wreck and it's warranted behavior, IMHO
There are some Avian Calm supplements out there, but ask your Vet about them first.

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Re: CAG bedtime

Thank you for the advice. We will definitely slow things down. Also looking for some advice on introducing a new cage I bought a nice big cage but, I have not put it together yet. His old owners have him in what I would call a conure cage. And he seems to be phobic with new things and his new situation at times. Should I wait until he gets more comfortable? It is way to small. I suppose I should make a new post with that question.

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Re: CAG bedtime

I had concerns when I swapped Enzos cage for a bigger one, I neednt have worried, Enzo took to it straight away. I put her toys and stuff in to the new cage, with food/water and she was so inquisitive she went straight in. Give it a try
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