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Old 03-15-2019, 03:31 PM
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Hi everyone!
I've two funny and lovely green cheeks.. The male (J.) has 5 years old, and the female (A.) almost 3.

This is the problem: during the night the male goes to the bottom of the cage.. spending his time walking and walking and making confetti with the newspaper (I use newspaper sheets at the bottom of the cage for parrots' poop)...
The female suffers about this because she's very quiet and want to sleep...

Usually I put to bed both (sleep in the same cage) at 20.30 pm to 8 am.. But for example last night the male he woke up at 2.00 am and went down to the bottom of the cage .. when i did a small noise he climbed and returned on his top perch and started to sleep again.... but, at the 5.00 am... he woke up again and did the same.... maybe Is it the hormones' fault? I take care about good and equilibrate alimentation and I pay attention to a good temperature, and right time of sleep 10-12 h..

Could you help me with some advise??
What's your strategy to put to sleep your parrots?
(sorry for my english.. It isn't my language, I'm going to improve)

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Re: My Pyrrhura has a problem to sleep... help!

Yes it could be hormones that are driving the male to go to the bottom and shred the newspaper. A good solution to this would be to remove the newspaper completely and put a grate over the newspaper so he can't get to it (that's what I have in my cage so my birds can't get to the newspaper I put underneath) or just use a material that doesn't shred or doesn't promote hormonal behavior (no bedding of any kind).
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Re: My Pyrrhura has a problem to sleep... help!

Hi welcome. The above advice is good. Also are you waking him up with noise or light? You can cover the cage at night, and keep noise levels down, and dim the lights..
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I think he is trying to make a nest.
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Re: My Pyrrhura has a problem to sleep... help!

Quote: Originally Posted by itzjbean View Post
Yes it could be hormones that are driving the male to go to the bottom and shred the newspaper. A good solution to this would be to remove the newspaper completely and put a grate over the newspaper so he can't get to it (that's what I have in my cage so my birds can't get to the newspaper I put underneath) or just use a material that doesn't shred or doesn't promote hormonal behavior (no bedding of any kind).
Yes, I'll do it! The last night for first thing I removed the newspaper during the night, but the male woke up 5 times to go to the bottom.. I use the "Darwin Cage" that is without grate (so I'll buy it).
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Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
Hi welcome. The above advice is good. Also are you waking him up with noise or light? You can cover the cage at night, and keep noise levels down, and dim the lights..
Thanks for answer me!
The cage is in my bedroom, I usually go to sleep early.
Every evening I cover the cage with a black blanket (all the cage) and there's no light on in the room during the night.

In this case, when tha male goes down to the bottom I've seen that if I turn on a soffused light, he immediatly change his direction and returns to his perch at the top and start to scratch the beak and starts to sleep... but last night this happened 5 times, one each two hours.. (during the night there's no noise in the room becouse I sleep. ps. I don't snore)

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Re: My Pyrrhura has a problem to sleep... help!

Yeah, as Itzjbean already wrote above, this is completely due to him having access to the newspaper at the bottom of the cage...It's a vicious circle, because your bird having access to the newspaper is what is triggering his hormones to begin with, and then once his hormones are rushing he's wanting to shred the newspaper because he sees it as a nesting-material. So yes, you must keep any and all "nesting materials" out of the reach of both of them, whether they be newspapers, cage-liners, wood-chips, shredded paper, or any other types of animal "bedding'...It must be kept under the grate so neither of them can get to it, [B]because the other thing that will eventually happen as well is that your female is going to be triggered by the nesting-materials too and this can cause them to start laying clutches of infertile-eggs...OR fertile eggs if they are mating...And you don't want that...

Just make sure that you have nothing inside of your bird's cage that can trigger their hormones, specifically NO nesting-materials/things that can be seen or used as nesting-materials, and NO small, dark places...That means no Bed, Tents, Hammocks, Happy/Snuggle Huts, or any kind of Boxes at all, and then no nesting-materials...
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