Sleep

FieryPhoenix

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Quaker Parrot Sun Conure
I cover my birds from 7pm to 7am. That's 12 hours of darkness, although I wouldn't say their cage gets pitch black.

My Quaker was chirping at 6 or 6:30am. Then I heard from another family member that he heard moving around in the cage.

I know birds need 12 hours of sleep but clearly, mine are not sleeping the entire time.

Should they be put to bed earlier? I cover them a few minutes before 7pm.
 

HeatherG

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Just the lack of light going to their eyes and brain is what’s most important. That sets off a hormonal cascade. So they don’t need to be sleeping, but simply dark.
 

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