Parrot Forum Header Left  
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Community > Questions and Answers

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-15-2019, 06:29 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2019
Thanks: 11
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
future is on a distinguished road
Is it ok to own a parrot and have an irregular sleep schedule?

As I've said in a previous post, I want a parrot in the future, but will unlikely own one for many years as I'm waiting to be in a time of my life where I feel suitable to own one.

As part of my research, I wanted to know if it's ok to have a parrot if you have an irregular sleep schedule. I don't know what my future work will have in terms of work hours, but if I have a choice in my sleep schedule I like to go to bed at around 5am and wake up late in the afternoon. But I've heard that many parrots wake up in the morning and go to bed around the time the sun sets.

Could their sleep schedule be adjusted to mine? Or would that be unhealthy for them?
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09-15-2019, 07:09 AM
charmedbyekkie's Avatar
Senior Member
Cairo the Ekkie!
Join Date: May 2018
Location: US/SG
Thanks: 1,372
Thanked 2,189 Times in 683 Posts
charmedbyekkie is on a distinguished road
Re: Is it ok to own a parrot and have an irregular sleep schedule?

I wouldn't call it irregular (which makes me thing of polyphasic sleep or something less scheduled), but we've adjusted so our little guy sleeps from roughly from midnight to noon. Right now we're adjusting back to those hours, since my partner and I were overseas with an 15-hour time difference and Cairo was at a parrot boarding place with completely different sleep hours.

However, we chose the 12-12 way because I work officially 9-6pm, but it's culturally expected to overtime at least a little every day. So if I get home around 7 or 8 (or 9), I still have time with him (at least 3 hours). It's doable for us because my partner freelances from home, so he can wake Cairo up. And Cairo still gets a lot of sunlight.

That being said, on the weekends, we do tweak things slightly - we might put Cairo to sleep a bit earlier so that he can wake up earlier for his weekend flights. He's been ok with it, so long as he does get enough sleep time.

If you make sure they get enough sleep (12 hours), keep it relatively consistent, and give them enough sunlight, they are typically ok. That being said, it will be entirely dependent on the individual bird. Cairo, right now, is very agreeable about changes in his life. Some birds are very rigid in their schedule, and you will need to follow their schedule.
Parront to Cairo (pronounced chai-row, or 菜肉)*!

*He grew up in a Malay-speaking family, so we have to respect his name and preferred pronunciation

@cairothedino on Instagram

Last edited by charmedbyekkie; 09-15-2019 at 07:19 AM.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to charmedbyekkie For This Useful Post:
future (09-15-2019)
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 09-15-2019, 09:13 AM
Senior Member
Umbrella Cockatoo- 11 years old
Join Date: Jul 2018
Thanks: 3,417
Thanked 5,814 Times in 2,342 Posts
noodles123 will become famous soon enough
Re: Is it ok to own a parrot and have an irregular sleep schedule?

12 hours of sleep at the same time each night-- you want bed-time and wake-up to be consistent but as long as the sleep it gets is dark/uninterrupted, you should be okay (in theory). That having been said, there is some importance to daylight but the use of bird-lighting is fairly controversial, so that is another can of worms.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to noodles123 For This Useful Post:
future (09-15-2019)
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-15-2019, 11:22 PM
Senior Member
Sunny Conure Monkeybird (hatch 9-2018); & pair-o-keets: Mr. Bossypants Jefferson (green stripey watchbudgie) & Miss Calliope the Housekeeping Albino Acrobat (both appx 11/2018)
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: New England
Thanks: 82
Thanked 295 Times in 116 Posts
fiddlejen is on a distinguished road
Re: Is it ok to own a parrot and have an irregular sleep schedule?

From your prior post I think you're looking for a somewhat larger breed but I'll just chime in about my own Sun Conure. My budgies seem to not care when they sleep or wake, but my Sun Conure sure does. She wants to go to sleep an hour before sunset, and if she had her choice I think she would love if I would wake with her an hour before Dawn. (Instead, I wake as early as I can, uncover her, and sleep in front of her.) I work second shift, and we make it work. I imagine with the help of artificial sunlight and blackout curtains, it MIGHT be possible to trick her into a different schedule... Or, it might not. She is seriously self-determined about her bedtime, and I think it might be species-specific. She's a Sun Conure. She's friendly and happy and loving... and she's determined to arise and settle a little Before the Sun.

If your true preference is to go to sleep at 5 am, then I recommend Not getting a Sun Conure.
Reply With Quote

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Community > Questions and Answers

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Does your parrot sleep with you? Bubbyboy General Parrot Information 11 10-08-2018 12:38 AM
How important is a baby bird's sleep schedule? RodgerRodger Conures 8 09-06-2017 09:34 AM
How much sleep does a parrot need? Ecclipse Questions and Answers 11 11-30-2016 06:18 AM
How does your parrot sleep? DallyTsuka Questions and Answers 15 04-20-2013 10:34 AM
Question about sleep schedule and one more thing cham87 Questions and Answers 13 03-06-2012 06:55 PM

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.