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Old 01-12-2015, 11:49 PM
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I get home after Kirby is asleep?

How long can kakariki's not get out of their cage before getting really bored? Kirby goes to bed at about 6 pm, since it gets dark early. I get out of school at 4, and get back at 5:30 to 6...and by time I can take him out, he's usually asleep! I feel bad that he's not getting out enough
What should I do to make sure he gets out enough?
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Re: I get home after Kirby is asleep?

All of my guys tend to acclimate themselves to the comings & goings of our household and while their wild cousins lives maybe strictly controlled by daylight, that's not really the case for companion birds.....although they might appear to be asleep, mine are always aware of people moving around in the house and if they want late-night attention, they generally let me know or will acknowledge my movement by quiet chortles.....

You could try keeping her up 'til say 9:00 PM & see if she wants the extra out-of-cage-time with you.....

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Old 01-13-2015, 01:28 AM
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Re: I get home after Kirby is asleep?

Why would you leave her asleep so early? We come home at different times, and sometimes pretty late, and the fids always wake up and come out if they want (they are housed in the dining room). After 6pm they fly around another 3 hours! I only cover their cages between 9 and 10pm or sometimes earlier if they are too sleepy.
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:17 AM
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Re: I get home after Kirby is asleep?

Its summer here, so its staying lighter later and later into the evening. However, Tach still gets his night time treat and then covered up at 8pm everynight. He has two naps during the day, after lunch about 2pm and then again after dinner about 5pm. If I was working out of the house and came home to him being asleep- if it looked like proper sleeping, id cover him and it would be bed time, but if it looked like just a tiny cat nap cus he'd run out of fun things to do in his cage, then id probably open the door and see if he wanted to come out (if not, then it must be bed time!).
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Old 01-13-2015, 03:21 AM
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Re: I get home after Kirby is asleep?

Alice is completely adjusted to my time - she dozes for much of the afternoon then she's pretty full on from when I get in from work until I put her to bed at 10. If I stay home during the day she'll alternate between napping and coming out in the afternoon but she'll still sleep for a couple of hours on and off. It may not be ideal compared to a wild bird making use of the natural light but it gives us lots of time together and it makes me feel much better about leaving her during the day.
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Re: I get home after Kirby is asleep?

I'm glad I found this thread! I start the spring semester classes next week and was worried about not having a lot of time with Pumpkin after school because he goes to bed at 8. Hopefully he will adjust to my college schedule and go to bed closer to 10.
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:34 AM
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Re: I get home after Kirby is asleep?

Quote: Originally Posted by happycat View Post
How long can kakariki's not get out of their cage before getting really bored? Kirby goes to bed at about 6 pm, since it gets dark early. I get out of school at 4, and get back at 5:30 to 6...and by time I can take him out, he's usually asleep! I feel bad that he's not getting out enough
What should I do to make sure he gets out enough?
I leave a light on for my fids because it's dark when I get home...around 6. That way they aren't asleep and then I turn on more lights. Then they get their out of cage time. Soon - when I get to Home Depot or Lowes - I'm going to get a timer for the lamp.
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Re: I get home after Kirby is asleep?

Just get him used to staying up later. Remember, he can always nap during the day if he wants while your not there, but he can't be out when you aren't. Kiwi used to sleep more during the day and stay up later when both my husband and I worked. Now that I'm home all day, he naps less during the day, but wants to go to bed earlier. Just like people, they are pretty adaptable to schedule changes
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:04 PM
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Re: I get home after Kirby is asleep?

Thanks for all the replies!
I'll try to adjust him to staying up later, but he is very particular about his sleep time! When it starts to get dark, he's on top of his hut, as soon as it's dark he's inside it. He only sleeps in his hut for real sleep, never naps. I've tried to wake up, but he's a grump about it! Turning on the light makes him come out, but trying to take him out makes him bite me. If I let him out when it's getting dark (which I often do) the moment it gets to his bed time, he hops right into his cage.

If adjusting the time doesn't work, I may have to just try to get home earlier, or take him out in the morning. I haven't tried to wake him up too many times, because I like him to get his sleep, but I'll start trying.
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Re: I get home after Kirby is asleep?

We stay up late so our Buddy stays up too. He does nap throughout the day, so he's rested, loud and part of the group till we all go to bed. They adjust well.
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