africian grey shaking

I was wondering why my grey shakes at night when we are watching tv in the same room as her.If the tv is on during the day I hear nothing coming from her. Is this strange and how can i stop her from doing that? Thanks

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Nov 25, 2011
shaking africian
by: michele

I would to thank everyone for taking the time to answer my question. Yes by covering her it has almost stopped. It's funny never had to cover before,but if it works then that's what I will do.
Thanks again

Nov 21, 2011
african grey shaking
by: Geoff

I would imagine it's fear, what are you doing different at night to the day time.

Nov 20, 2011
africian grey shaking
by: Linda

Your bird needs to be asleep in another room where it is dark and quiet by 9pm every night. If you keep the TV on past 9pm every night, then your bird's cage needs to be moved into another room so he can get enough sleep. Parrots need around 12 hours of darkness in which to sleep and about the same of daylight with full spectrum lighting during the day. It does not have to be exactly 12 hours for each, just as close as you can get. Ours have their own room, and they are covered for sleep at 9pm and then are awakened around 7:30am the next morning.

You may wish to get another cage for the bird to sleep in to keep it from being such a hassle everynight moving it out of the living room. Birds get very used to a certain way of doing things, so if you use another cage for sleeping, you'll need to get him used to it by putting both cags next to each other for a week or so so he can get used to moving over the other cage and back to his regular cage. Put a toy he lides in the new cage and also have some water in there. You can offer his treat food like a little fruit or veggie, whatever he's used to eating and likes, in the other cup in the new cage. Once he starts freely going in and out of the new cage, then you can move the sleep cage to the room he'll sleep in. Make sure this room is quiet and that no lights will be suddendly turned on as this is as bad as sitting in front of the TV until all hours.

Once he is used to the new cage, and it has been moved, then go in the room with him to play. Give him a treat in the new cage as you've been doing for a week or so and put him on top with the door open and allow him to go in and eat his treat. Stay with him and make a game of playing with his cage or a toy he likes that's in the cage.

The object here is for your bird to get the rest he needs and to not scare him so much about a new cage. If it is easier to just move the one he's in now, then get him used to that for about a week or more by moving him and his cage into the room where hel'll sleep during the day. Here again, make it a pleasant game of spending time with you and do not just put him in there and walk away until he gets used to being in both rooms.

Keep in touch and let us know how this is going and thanks for writing,

Nov 20, 2011
african grey shaking
by: Anne

Try dimming the lights first to low if this doesn't work then cover her up at night.
I cover mine up anyway & this relaxes them against the sound of my TV plus they go into semi darkness which is leading them into night time.
Hope this was of use .

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