Sleep outside of cage?

by Heidi
(Simpsonville, SC)

My bird likes to spend a lot of time outside of his cage, and because of that I sometimes have trouble coaxing him back in there. Is there any danger in letting him stay outside of his cage to sleep as long as I'm home and nearby.

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Jul 27, 2012
Getting Your Bird Back in the Cage
by: Amy

Heidi - I also have a bird that won't willingly go back in the cage. What has helped for me with this particular bird, is to take him out for playtime in the evening. After he has had some time out, I darken the room enough that he stays in place.(birds don't see well at all in the dark, and they will usually "freeze" when the lights go out) At that point he will step up onto my hand and go back to his cage. I hope this will work for you!

Jul 25, 2012
Bad idea
by: Anonymous

I once lost a much loved parakeet, when he flew into a brick fireplace, fracturing his skull. His cage door had been left open one night & he left his cage. When he attempted to return, in the dark, he was disoriented & flew into the fireplace. I found him sitting on the door to his cage the next morning. His head was bloody & he was dead.

Please be sure your bird is safely secured in his cage before you go to bed. It may be a hassle getting him back in, but it is well worth the effort to keep him safe.

Jul 25, 2012
Sleeping outside of cage
by: Anonymous

My bird spends most of her waking hours with her cage door open so she can come and go as she pleases. I put her in the cage when I leave the house and when it's time for her to sleep at night. Most birds need 10 to 12 hours of rest and sleep with the cage covered. They do not see well in the dark and can get spooked easily and should not be left outside of the cage at night. It might be a chore to coax the bird into the cage but the more persistent you are, then the bird will learn this behavior and accept it.

Jul 24, 2012
Bird sleeping outside of cage
by: Tracie

As long as you are awake and in the room with the bird, so that you will know if the bird leaves the cage.

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