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Old 02-10-2019, 11:20 PM
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Hey everyone! I just wanted to ask a quick question here...Does anyone’s bird sleep on the bottom of the cage at night???

I have a 1 year old Lovebird who has been doing this consistently now for about a month. Literally the instant I grab her blankie to cover the cage she drops to the bottom corner of her cage. She was at the vet a few months ago on an antibiotic treatment for elevated white blood cell count which did come down after time. I’ve just never seen this behavior in birds and I’m hoping she’s not hiding “weakness” or “illness” to sleep on her perch.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:44 AM
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Re: Sleeping Habits?

Is she actually sleeping down there?
Generally, truly sleeping on the bottom of the cage is a bad sign/major red flag. You need to take her back to the vet ASAP if she is sleeping on her cage bottom as an adult bird.
Have you been monitoring her weight etc? How is her behavior?


They may need to do some more tests.
Good luck.

PS:My cockatoo was climbing down to the corner of her cage bottom briefly (once when covered in the PM and then again right before I uncovered her in the AM) In her case, it was hormonal, but she wasn't actually sleeping down there, and she was on her perch for like 12 hours.
I removed the paper towels that she had been fishing up from under the grate, and when that didn't stop the behavior, I put two of her full water dishes down there overnight (in that same location) and removed them each morning. This seemed to dissuade her from hanging out there and broke the habit.

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Old 02-11-2019, 09:26 AM
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Re: Sleeping Habits?

I would also recommend getting her back to your CAV for another round of Blood Work and a Fecal...Usually when they choose to specifically sleep on the bottom of the cage, it's because they aren't able to balance on a perch and rest, or they are too weak to do so. It's possible that she got into the habit of sleeping down there when she was sick and now it's just a habit, but typically that isn't the case...
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:56 AM
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Re: Sleeping Habits?

I've read a lot and learned a lot since my new go a parronthood, and actually sleeping on the bottom of the cage is common... sometimes conures (not mine) will even sleep on their back on the floor of a cage. (I've read about anyways) but conures are insane so what do they know.

If your bird is normally content while awake and active I'd see it as endearing...if not I'd see a CAV.
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