Covers to put on my bird's cage

by Sedneser

How do I know when there is enough covers on my bird's cage? At 1:30 a.m. he starts sneezing/sniffling and I can't sleep. I don't know if there are too many covers and it is hard for him to breathe or too little covers and he is cold. Please advise so both me and my bird can sleep. Thanks.

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Dec 31, 2013
Covers to put on my Amazon's cage
by: Sedneser

Hello, Thanks for your comments. I was wanting to know why he sneezes/sniffles @ 1:30am almost every night. Only happens at that time. During the day he is downstairs, not in the cage and has no problems. The temperature during the night is 66 degrees - in the daytime is 68 degrees downstairs. So I put a blanket on top of covers he already has.

Sonny is 33yrs old Bluefront Amazon and is a healthy/happy boy - AMEN. Last time he went to vet was 10 yrs ago. He gets a bath in the bathtub once a week. I clean the cage/wipe down 2x week = no chemicals. I put newspapers on grate because he poops in the cage during the night only. His poops doesn't smell. I change the papers daily. He doesn't poop in the cage when he takes a nap around 2:30pm - 5:00pm.

Sonny has 3 covers on his cage - 2 flannel sheets that I wrap around to cover the cage well. I wash the sheets once/week. Because his cage is 6 feet tall. Hard to find sheets to fit such a big cage. Maybe I'll buy king sized sheets.

I'll look into getting an air cleaner and a humidifier. I will try to leave an inch open at the bottom of the cage to see if that helps. I know he would rather sleep on the bed with me but that is just not going to happen.

Dec 31, 2013
Covers to put on my bird's cage
by: Linda

You can use polyester covers for your bird's cage. You can fold them over to make a double thickness if you have enough fabric. You can find them made to fit your cage or you can use unsewn fabric that has been washed and dried(NO PERFUME IN SOAP OR SOFTENER). Cover cage leaving only a couple of inches at the bottom for air. Do not cut a hole in top because the object is to hold in the bird's own body heat, and a hole in the top allows all heat to escape. Bird's own body heat will keep him warm if your home is kept at around 70-71 degrees F. If your home is colder than that then you need to look around for no light emitter heat bulbs. These are bulbs that screw into regular lamp/ceiling/wall sockets and do not have light, just heat. They are called no light emitter bulbs and have ceramic fixtures on them. Bulbs need to be away from bird and not right on it as they get hot and can cause a fire if you have it too close to a cage cover. They come in various wattages and are the way to easily and safely keep your bird warm.

From what you said about sniffles, it sounds like your bird is already sick so a trip to an Avian Vet ONLY needs to be done immediately because birds do not "get over" sniffles without a correct diagnosis and meds which only an avian vet can take care of.

Thanks for writing,

Dec 31, 2013
Covers to put on my bird's cage
by: Z

Here's what I do.

I cover the birds cages at night in the winter.
But only cover to where the divider grate on their cages are, all the way around. (360*) Then an opening in the top thru the blankets. This allows fresh air to flow thru. Keeps your bird from breathing in the dander & smells from pooh. Wash blankets once a wk to remove dust and dander. I use those felt type blankets to cover.

I keep an air purifier running in the room with the birds at all times. Keeps dust, and dander down, this not only helps the birds, but everyone in the house too!

I take a damp cloth once a week, (no cleaners) and dust the cages down. Sometimes, twice a wk if the wind is blowing. Clean divider grate at least once a week to remove pooh. They have bird safe cleaners for that.

They make warmer panels, and perches. If you're in a small town, you can purchase them from They sell cage cleaners there too, if you're interested. (I shop there, myself)

Very important: if someone in the house smokes, they will need to do it outside. Nicotine is toxic and deadly to birds. Wash hands each time they handle the bird.

Your bird could have allergies, however, b/c this happens at night, I would suspect your bird may have asthma, or a respitory virus/infection.

You could try the steps above, however, I would strongly suggest taking him to an avian vet for an exam and blood work. Blood work will help the vet better understand what's going on.

My avian vet is cheaper than my cat's vet. Most vets will work payment options out with you, so ask if you need to.

Good luck, and best wishes for a peaceful night's sleep!

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