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Old 05-09-2019, 08:00 AM
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Re: Moving what do I do?

Again, to the OP, just want to make sure you are not planning on covering your bird's cage with a sheet or anything else at any time during the daytime...This is a big deal and your bird's cage should only ever be covered at bedtime and then over the night while he/she is sleeping, and then it needs to come off right away in the morning and not go back on at all until bedtime again the next night...

***Just so you realize there are other more serious, clinical reasons for this besides it being cruel and unfair to a bird to cover them up during the daytime, but also because birds should be on a "Natural-Light Schedule", which simply means the same daytime/nighttime schedule that they follow naturally in the wild, just like we see ALL BIRDS following...Simply, they wake-up in the morning with the Sunrise and then they go to sleep in the evening with the Sunset, regardless of the time of day that those events happen (depending on where in the world they live). The only birds who don't follow a Natural-Light Schedule are birds who are nocturnal, such as Owls. This ensures that they are getting the required minimum of 12-hours of sleep every single night to stay physically healthy, but it also does something else that is very important, and something that you will be very sorry about causing if you cover your bird's cage with anything during the daytime, and that's causing their sex-hormones to go out of control constantly, and for a female bird that will cause constant, chronic infertile-egg laying, which can and usually will kill them if it continues, and can cause severe aggression, violence, and constant regurgitation and masturbation in male and female birds.

I don't know why you would want to cover your bird's cage with anything at all, sheet or otherwise, during the daytime hours, I don't know that this is what you meant, and if it's not then great, this can sit here for others to read and learn from, because plenty of people have come here stating that they've been covering-up their bird's cages with sheets, blankets, towels, bird-cage covers, etc. during the daytime-hours for months to years for a number of reasons, from trying to "shut them up" because they scream and cry all day long (which is due to some other, unrelated issue that their owner's are not addressing and usually mistakes they are making), to trying to "give them a nap", which is totally unnecessary and harmful, to just being cruel and abusive to their birds and wanting to "punish them" by throwing them inside of their cages every time they do something wrong and then covering them up for hour afterwards...We've heard it all here...Also, some people actually cover their bird's cages any time someone comes over to their houses to visit, so that the bird's aren't a pain while they are there, or so their birds don't get upset about the visitors being there, etc....Again, we've heard it all...But regardless of the reason, it is cruel, unfair, unhealthy and will cause severe and harmful hormonal-behavior, and usually results in exactly the opposite result that people are trying to accomplish...

Just wanted to make sure that you are fully aware of the very serious and important reasons why you cannot cover your bird's cage with anything during daytime hours...If that's not what you meant by saying "I want to get him used to being covered-up...So I started covering him with a sheet" (to paraphrase) and you were speaking about covering his cage only at bedtime and throughout the night, and then you take the cover off first thing in the morning and leave it off all day long until it's again bedtime at/after sunset, then disregard our remarks...
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:20 AM
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Re: Moving what do I do?

64F is warm in my house when the heat is on. Summer temps are whatever the house is heated to by the day's sun.

We had a similar discussion over the winter. Birds can handle and thrive in a range of temperatures, it's the sudden chills that we need to avoid.
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Old 05-09-2019, 09:48 AM
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Re: Moving what do I do?

This is a non issue.....forget about your worries....they wear feathers. My conures have had bigger swings and they don't seem to care at all.
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Old 05-09-2019, 10:48 AM
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Re: Moving what do I do?

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This is a non issue.....forget about your worries....they wear feathers. My conures have had bigger swings and they don't seem to care at all.
Mm, I might add - I live in a country where daily outside weather is typically 26-31 Celsius (real feel can be 40 C), so that's a range of 78 to 104 Fahrenheit. We go flying in mornings when it's around 80 Fahrenheit (would be my guess), then immediately come home to an aircon-ed home that's kept around 18-24 C (65-75 Fahrenheit). Cairo self-regulates pretty well. He fluffs up in aircon (whether indoors or in a car), and he slims down outside.

If it's a factor at all, Singaporean indoor humidity tends to be 70-80% if you don't use your aircon.
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