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Old 02-20-2019, 08:18 PM
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What are the Best triangle beds for Conures?

Hey everyone,

We have a conure and she has had a triangle bed that she loves and the material she isnít able to chew apart but we were wanting to replace it because she has had this one for a while and we canít seem to find the same type of bed.

Do you have any suggestions as to what material would be the best for her because we know there are some beds that can be dangerous for them if they chew it and we definitely donít want to do that.

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Old 02-21-2019, 02:59 AM
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Re: What are the Best triangle beds for Conures?

in short, none of them. Outside of the chewing dangers they can cause hormones to go rampant. I'd nominate to try getting her used to the idea of not sleeping in a tent. If not you can get large cardboard tubes for rabbits and similar rodents and bolt them to the cage. All safe to eat as far as I'm aware and dirt cheap too
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Re: What are the Best triangle beds for Conures?

Yes- they are an extremely bad idea. You aren't the first to ask (as they are marketed towards our birds) and they look cute... but many, many deaths (strangulation, blockages, missing toes etc) and hormonal issues (such as screaming, aggression and egg binding go back to these huts.

As humans, I think we tend to want our "babies" to have special "beds" like us (and we like to indulge what they enjoy--heck, they make these things for birds) BUT, aside from your covering the cage at night or turning off the lights, they do not need to have any additional dark sleeping holes inside of their cage...
Once the cage is covered or the lights are off, they can sleep just fine on the perch-- covering the cage can help them feel less vulnerable while simulating night-fall (as opposed to nesting)...Obviously take precautions if your bird is prone to nigh frights.

You know your bird better than I do obviously, but consider this: In nature, most of the time, a bird in a hollow/nest is a very young baby or a bird with plans to mate. It is their instinct to seek out nesting opportunities and dark spaces (along with mates), so of course they enjoy doing this, but as human companions, we cannot give them what they are ultimately seeking. Therefore, allowing them to access simulated nests causes hormonal spikes and other issues (for which they have no outlet).

There are some birds varieties that do nest in cavities outside of mating season, but they still have "mating season" in the wild (which is also spent nesting in nests/cavities). Consequently, when those birds are housed indoors and do not have other birds to mate with, all of the seasons kind of blend together but their instinct to mate doesn't go away...So in a captive bird who wants nothing more than to reproduce, "mating" season can change by the day, and without a nest, conditions seem less favorable.

Speaking of hormones, I would also suggest that you remove any shadowy/nest-like hiding spaces (in or outside of the cage). This including bedding, shredded piles of stuff, crumbled paper, boxes, tubes, hollow coconuts, tents etc. When out of the cage, avoid letting your bird hide under furniture or in blankets or pillows etc. So many undesirable (and sometimes, initially subtle) behaviors and health problems in companion parrots stem from inadvertent stimulation of our bird's hormones.

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Re: What are the Best triangle beds for Conures?

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in short, none of them. Outside of the chewing dangers they can cause hormones to go rampant. I'd nominate to try getting her used to the idea of not sleeping in a tent. If not you can get large cardboard tubes for rabbits and similar rodents and bolt them to the cage. All safe to eat as far as I'm aware and dirt cheap too

Anything special dark spot like a tube still will stimulate hormones in most birds.
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Re: What are the Best triangle beds for Conures?

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in short, none of them. Outside of the chewing dangers they can cause hormones to go rampant. I'd nominate to try getting her used to the idea of not sleeping in a tent. If not you can get large cardboard tubes for rabbits and similar rodents and bolt them to the cage. All safe to eat as far as I'm aware and dirt cheap too

Anything special dark spot like a tube still will stimulate hormones in most birds.
yes very true, though if this specific one isn't being hormonal with it as some occasionally don't get hormonal, and if used to sleeping like this and being unhappy with sleeping any other way it would be better for a cardboard tube than a tent as I've not seen a single tent that wasn't dangerous in some form
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Re: What are the Best triangle beds for Conures?

The ones in the garbage-bin

(sorry, those beds are one the worst ideas since we started keeping parrots as pets)
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Re: What are the Best triangle beds for Conures?

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in short, none of them. Outside of the chewing dangers they can cause hormones to go rampant. I'd nominate to try getting her used to the idea of not sleeping in a tent. If not you can get large cardboard tubes for rabbits and similar rodents and bolt them to the cage. All safe to eat as far as I'm aware and dirt cheap too

Anything special dark spot like a tube still will stimulate hormones in most birds.
yes very true, though if this specific one isn't being hormonal with it as some occasionally don't get hormonal, and if used to sleeping like this and being unhappy with sleeping any other way it would be better for a cardboard tube than a tent as I've not seen a single tent that wasn't dangerous in some form
Actually this isn't true Triggs, with all due respect, just because a bird hasn't shown any hormonal issues before does not at all mean they won't start, and the quickest way to get them to start is to keep doing things that encourage hormonal behavior, namely allowing them access to ANY small, dark, warm places that they can get under or inside of, giving them ANY type of nesting-material, bedding, wood chips, shredded papers, etc., or giving them any types of towels, blankets, or other types of cloth.

***The best example I can give you is Sunny, the Sun Conure that had a Triangle-Bed/Hut inside of her cage for the first 7 years of her life and had no hormonal-behavior or issues at all, and then out of nowhere she formed a ton of Follicles and formed the first egg she ever had at the age of 7, which was so large that she became egg-bound and had to have open abdominal surgery done on an emergency basis to remove the egg, and almost died. And now she's on hormonal-implants to make sure it doesn't happen again, because if it does she will likely die and not make it through another surgery...And the Triangle Bed/Hut is completely gone forever now...

***So it makes no difference at all whether or not your Conure has had any issues in the past with hormonal behaviors, aggressive behaviors due to hormones, or any Follicle/Egg-Laying issues, if you keep providing her with ANY TYPE of bed, tent, "Hut", boxes, or any other small, dark places that she can get into or underneath (such as furniture she can get underneath), she will eventually start having severe hormonal issues, and we never know what that will mean in each individual pet/captive bird. When their hormones go crazy they can react/suffer in many different ways, from being overly stimulated and masturbating constantly, to constantly burrowing under/into things, to becoming extremely aggressive and violent with everyone, to plucking and self-mutilating all of a sudden, to being a chronic egg-layer, which is the most dangerous hormonal issue, because egg-binding is 100% fatal without immediate Avian medical intervention, and usually also is going to cost you thousands of dollars to treat, but you have no choice at that point or she'll die...

So obviously the best thing you can do for your bird, the safest and healthiest thing you can do for your bird, especially a Conure species who are seemingly the most-problematic when it comes to hormonal issues, is to remove ALL beds, tents, Huts, boxes, etc., and anything that could be used as nesting material, and just allow her to sleep on a perch like she would normally in the wild. Parrots certainly don't need any type of "bed", and providing a captive/pet parrot any type of 'bed" to sleep in is just we people trying to provide our pet parrots comforts that we think they need, when in-reality by providing them a "bed" or tent or Hut or box, all we are doing is providing them with things that they don't need, and that absolutely can potentially not only make them sick or literally kill them, but that can also ruin our relationships and bonds with them if they happen to be effected by hormonal-rages in an aggressive, violent way. So if you want to keep your Conure healthy, safe, and not provide anything that will eventually force her into Breeding-Season and hormonal-issues that are potentially lethal, please forget about providing her with any type of bed, tent, hammock, Hut, boxes, or anything that can be used as nesting-material.
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Re: What are the Best triangle beds for Conures?

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***The best example I can give you is Sunny, the Sun Conure that had a Triangle-Bed/Hut inside of her cage for the first 7 years of her life and had no hormonal-behavior or issues at all, and then out of nowhere she formed a ton of Follicles and formed the first egg she ever had at the age of 7, which was so large that she became egg-bound and had to have open abdominal surgery done on an emergency basis to remove the egg, and almost died. And now she's on hormonal-implants to make sure it doesn't happen again, because if it does she will likely die and not make it through another surgery...And the Triangle Bed/Hut is completely gone forever now...
this... she's talking about my Sunny here... she had her sleeping tent for all 7 years since I got her as a 3mo baby... she has been only slightly hormonal twice every year (a bit louder, a bit nippy), though never as much as this winter, she was horribly hormonal and it caused a huge egg to form... I'm not saying it was just the tent, but it certaintly made matters a lot worse... do read my thread please, it might give you a few very usefull informations and/or ideas...
I got rid of the tent the day before I got her back from surhery and she sheeps on a wooden perch now... she was confused for a few days but has adjusted perfectly and is also a lot calmer now... the implants should start working soon and she'll get the second dosage in late may or early june so that something like this never happens again...

like I told my family: I'd rather have a confused and annoyed bird for a week than a dead one in a few days...
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Re: What are the Best triangle beds for Conures?

The cons surely outweigh the risks. Hormonal issues, dangling threads (and the threats they pose) as well as ingesting the fibres- not worth it. Fortunately, there are SOME companies that now put a warning on the front of the package big enough to notice that says "not meant for conures", I just wish more companies did that AND posted WHY they are dangerous. Of course, ideally they'd take them off the market, but that won't happen so all we can do is warn people.

What I do for Skittles is I take two empty tissue boxes and I cut off the glue part and the plastic part and I make a 'tunnel' with them. I then layer the bottom with unscented plain white paper towels. Never had an issue with that and the vet approved of the idea.

There are plenty of safe and safer alternatives out there. So far you've gotten some great ideas from others and I'm sure there's more out there.
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Thanks everyone for all the feedback. We are cleaning her cage now and we will be taking the triangle bed out, we will use a wooden purch instead
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