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1 30th November 01:04
bighaig
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I have read different things about both of these on websites and in
books...1 budgie and 1 ****atiel...

1) Should I cover the cage at night or not? The chirping in the morning
does not bother me. My concern is will my birds get better night sleep if
they are covered? The room they are in is very dark as is...

2) I am at work at least 8-10 hours a day, and leave the two of them alone.
I have a radio right next to their cage on 24 hours a day. The volume is
pretty low, as you can barely here it with the TV on. Is this fine? Will
they sleep better without this? I have read they need noise to know they
are safe.

Thanks for your help!
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2 30th November 01:04
oldmolly
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They don't need to be covered. They don't need constant noise.
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3 30th November 01:05
gr8rl6
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Yes you should cover them at night, but leave room for air to get into
the cage. They like to be secure, and when they are covered, they
think that they can't be seen by the "boogie men" that might be out
there at night that might try to eat them. So it is good
psychologically. Also, they won't see when people walk by their cage.
They won't be disturbed as much.

As for music, I play classical music for them during the day if I am
out, or I have a collection nature sounds on CD such as amazon rain
forest, hawaiian jungle, etc. They start chirping right away when I
play them for them. The music and sounds makes them forget that they
are alone in the house. Birds are musical creatures to begin with, so
it is only natural that they like nice soothing or pleasant music.
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4 30th November 01:05
marco
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There's no need to cover them.


Parrots musical??? Not! If I was to play music that matched their
'musicalness', it would be a series of loud bangs, gongs screeches and
bangs, horns and ear chattering whistles... soothing? Hardly.

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5 30th November 01:05
msjdoolittle
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****atiels a prone to night frights and thrashing. If you cover them, they
can become frightened and thrash about so much they can do some serious
damage to themselves. Breaking blood feathers is one that can lead to
bleeding to death. My suggestion is to NOT cover them, they can tuck their
heads back if they want it darker.

Julia
w/ Budgies, ****atiels, Conures, Amazon, ****atoo and Lovebird
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6 30th November 01:05
rhianna
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What about Budgies? I covered the cage of the little parakeet
at night, but only when he was ready to sleep.


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7 30th November 01:05
me
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concerned I would personally recomend that you do cover them because in the
winter when its really cold they do not like to be near a draft.
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8 30th November 01:05
msjdoolittle
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I've not had a problem with covering Budgies. As far as a draft is
concerned, I don't have them in a drafty area. Drafts aren't good for birds
day or night. I just don't cover any of my birds and they are fine.

Julia/msJdoolittle
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9 30th November 01:05
sheila
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I have always covered our birds up, in fact pippin knows its bedtime when we
come to cover cage, he makes his way over to his t****ze every night, its
where he sleeps! he never bothers with it any other time!

Sheila
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10 30th November 01:05
oldmolly
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Covering a bird will not stop it getting cold. Most modern homes do not
have ill fitting windows and doors to create draughts. Living in a cold
house will not make a bird sick.
Not one of my birds has ever been covered and in deepest winter has not
taken sik for the lack of a cover, nor suffered from night frights.
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