lovebird screaming

by rosanne perricone
(Benson, NC)

My 1yr old lovebird screams and runs back and forth when I tell her it's time to go nite-nite! This is only since she laid her first clutch 5 months ago. Before that she would just quietly go in her house and go to sleep. What happened? She has a night light. I don't know what to do!

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Jul 30, 2011
lovebird screaming
by: Linda

Birds need roughly about 12 hours of darkness in which to sleep and about the same of daylight. Ours do not get quite that much and still do very well. We cover their very large cage at 9PM every night, and then they are uncovered and awakened at around 8AM next morning so they are getting plenty rest.

You may wish to try a cover which should be something pastel or solid colored and lightweight like made from polyester. Polyester washes and dries up very well and keeps out the darkness and also holds in the bird's body warmth in the winter. Just get your bird used to being covered by covering the top and sides and leave the front open in the summer. If bird screams, then also put the front flap down and see if she does not go to sleep. It is a safe way to put them into darkness without taking them out and putting into something else. As for egg laying, she may never lay again as they don't always lay more after they've laid the first time.

Try making her bedtime around 9PM and if you sleep a bit later, make it 10:00PM using the cover. Always leave two to three inches at the bottom for air circulation when covering your bird. Depending on size of your cage, you may be able to find a cage cover made for its size. We have our Amazons in a double Macaw cage and found a cover made to fit it. If not, you can use a small sheet. I say small because keep in mind the bottom needs some uncovered space around for air circulation.

Let us know how it goes.


Jul 29, 2011
Lovebird screaming at night
by: Tracie

If she is only doing this when you want her to go to bed, then I am not sure there is anything you can do, but maybe let her go to bed when she wants to go to bed.

I have never asked a bird to go to bed, so I don't know how to help you with this one. For birds we don't want laying eggs, we put them in a travel cage and place them in our dark spare room at night, to limit their daytime hours. It is dark, they don't scream.

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