August 29, 2009 | By Alaysia | 6 answers | Expired: 2000 days ago
For about 3 or 4 years now, I've been covering my birds' cage up with a sheet before bed. Do I still need to do that?
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Aug 30, 2009
Covering your bird is a way of keeping light out of its cage so it doesn't get startled. If you have been covering it and wish to stop this practice, I would make the change, gradually. Since he is used to being covered, it may be a long transition. He may just feel safer being covered.
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Aug 29, 2009
Covering the cage at night helps screen out flashes of light (from passing cars) or movements that might frighten the birds, especially if they are in an area with other pets and near windows. With myself and my friends, it's pretty much 50/50 as to covering the birds at night. I don't cover my birds at night, but they do have a nightlight and I haven't covered them so that is what they are used to.
The lovebirds that I adopted were accustomed to being covered, but had the habit of pulling the cover off, so I just stopped covering them and they are just fine.
If you decide not to cover them, make it a gradual transition, and make sure you have a night light. Cockatiels in particular seem prone to night-frights, which can be brought on by sudden light flashes or sounds in some cases.
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