bird getting enough sleep

How do I know if my Indian Ringneck is getting enough sleep at night?

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Sep 03, 2011
bird getting enough sleep
by: Linda

A good rule of thumb is they need about 12 hours of darkness and quiet in which to sleep every night. This means that they cannot be in room with TV or other noise and lights because they won't get the kind of deep sleep they need.

You can also have a small night light in their sleeping area. We use the ones that are square and only come on when it's dark. They have a faint green light and not so much light that it would affect bird's sleep.

Birds also need about the same amount of full spectrum lighting during the day. Not sunlight, but the full spectrum lighting that is made for birds, fish and reptiles and other exotic animals who live indoors and still need the full spectrum of color to be healthy. Birds get the full spectrum of color through their eyes, so lights do not have to be right on them or anything. We have 24" fixtures with fluorescent full spectrum bulbs in them hung from the ceiling in bird's room. Make sure you are getting bulbs that are real full spectrum like vital lamps and not just the colored ones found in Lowes or Home Depot as those are not full spectrum.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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