Night Frights

by Sandra
(Canada)

The girl that gave me my one year old cockatiel said to leave a lite on cause it gets night terrors so when i got it i tried turning off the lights and putting a blanket around the back and sides of the cage he was fine for a week then one night i heard him go nuts so checked on him and one of his feathers come flooping out so know i leave the light on and he seems ok can you give me some advice on this would be greatly appreciated

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Jan 14, 2013
night frights
by: Anonymous

Tiels are quite prone to having night frights. Generally a cockatiel is pretty low on the food chain, they're hunted & a very nervous, on alert bird 24/7. When they see a shadow they can freak out thinking it's something else. Cockroaches, shadows, certain lighting, mice can all cause night frights. It's an unfortunate thing. Some live with it all their lives, others adjust over time & stop getting them.

You tried something, you saw the result yourself. Trying the light off isn't a bad thing so don't feel bad! Some tiels adjust better in new homes with night frights, others don't.

My tiel used to suffer night frights. The way I got around it was I had a dimmer light in the bird room & slowly dimmed the light. He was also covered. I now no longer use the dimmer light & he hasn't had night frights for several years. I don't turn on his room light at all. I let it get dark naturally, then I shut the blind & cover him. If for any reason I need to go in his room I use a dim torch or the hall light to see what I'm doing.

While the light should be left on for your tiel because he can seriously hurt himself during a night fright, having light 24/7 isn't healthy for the bird. He also needs natural darkness at some stage. So all I can suggest is fi you decide to try other things, do it as a slow progress & keep a very close eye on him. If you prefer to keep it 100% safe & leave the light on you can cover him with a very thick blanket or you can put a small lamp near his cage.

Jan 14, 2013
Night Frights
by: Anonymous

If you knew from the previous owner that the bird suffered from night terrors, why did you turn the lights off? You took a big chance doing that as your bird could have been severely injured or even died.

I didn't know my bird had night terrors until I heard her thrashing around inside her covered cage one night. I still cover the cage at night but I leave an opening at the bottom so the cage isn't completely covered. I also have a light on in the room and when I go to bed I turn it off but I have a night light near her cage and she's been fine ever since.

Jan 14, 2013
Bird with night frights
by: Tracie

I am confused, if she said to leave a light on, why did you chance turning it off??? You are fortunate that it didn't break a blood feather and bleed to death during the night.

Just leave a dim night light on and your problem will be solved. As for the feather hanging, the bird will probably pull it out, if not take the bird to an avian vet to take care of it.

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