Night, Night. Sleep Tight! Parrot Sleep Supplies
Many bird owners are concerned about their pet's diet, cage and toys. However, a proper amount of sleep is also an integral part of keeping your pet happy and healthy. Making sure that your bird gets the proper amount of sleep will make for a friendlier, healthier pet. Parrots of the World" by Fern Van Sant, DVM is a helpful resource for determining the amount of sleep each particular species needs. Van Sant references the proximity of a particular species habitat to the equator making it possible to determine how many hours of daylight and sleep the bird needs. Van Sant identifies that birds are particularly sensitive to photo-periods. Regulating the daily rhythms of your bird's natural habitat to your household schedule will require planning and bird sleep supplies.
Cage covers are a multi-use nighttime accessory. No only do they assist in blocking out light, they are helpful in keeping dust and dander in the cage and in keeping pet birds quiet in the morning. Choose a cover made especially for the brand of cage you wish to use it on, especially if you have a chewer! Blankets and sheets that contain flame retardant chemicals should be avoided.
Since birds have excellent hearing making them light sleepers. And, being animals of prey, they are easily startled by unexpected night sounds. Parrots that are frequently startled awake may develop night frights and become phobic. Filter out all noise from your parrots sleep environment. Place the bird cage away from the tv, living area of the home, noisy dogs, or other startling night-time disturbances. White noise may offer a filter but most birds can hear right through it. Bird cage covers or a sleep cage may work better.
A number of our customer's have reported that our Wingabago Bird Carrier makes an ideal sleep cage for their parrot. Like a large sleep tent, it provides a sense of privacy and security to the sleeping beauty. Plus, the dense material filters out nighttime noise. Used with a comfy, cotton perch, it is like a bedroom for your bird.
Finally, a comfortable bird perch placed in a high corner of the sleeping cage can be likened to the perfect mattress! A textured bird perch made from natural materials is ideal. Cholla wood, Booda Cotton Rope Perches and Sandy Perches are great choices because they provide texture for digging claws into. Each has enough texture to allow your bird's feed to easily grab on. Avoid using slippery manzanita bird perches or smooth pine dowel bird perches as the highest perch in the cage unless they are scored with sand paper or a razor. Don't place the sleeping perch above your bird's water or food bowls unless you like to wash dishes!