Cage-less sleeping has worked out pretty well for us so far. I’m not brave enough to try cage-less living for my flock, as I do feel the cage plays an important role in a parrot’s safety – particularly when owners have to leave the house. But at night, our cockatiel enjoys sleeping in the room with us. We feel certain that she won’t fly down onto us in the night, which could be a risk.
You see, Mishka has recently been trying out sleeping on the perch that O. made her. (On a side note, that’s one thing checked off my Resolutions list!)
She loves it.
It started out with her falling asleep on our drying rack full of nice, clean clothes that’d we hung up in the bedroom. They were obviously there for her own comfort, right? When we made to take her back to her cage for bedtime, our cockatiel glared and hissed. We weren’t even close yet. No way were we getting near enough to pick her up.
‘Just leave her,’ O. said. And leave her we did.
For the past three, four nights, Mishka has slept in the same room. You’d never think it, but she really, really likes it.
We’re careful; we know that her flying onto us in the middle of the night could mean her getting squashed or suffocated. But I’m a light sleeper, and once it’s dark, she never moves. There’s not a lot for her to get into in the bedroom, either. We leave food out and always take her straight for a drink of water come morning. The main reason for having her sleep in the bedroom is that her cage is kept in the living room. This has an enormous window and no shutter, and no matter how well we cover her cage, soon – with Scottish summer setting in – it’ll only just be dark after 22:30, with sun-up by 04:00. Not much sleep there for a bird who requires darkness at bedtime. She gets
grumpier grumpy if she doesn’t get enough rest, trust me.
The best and cutest part of this new routine is Mishka’s welcoming good-morning chirp. Without fail, she chirps to us the exact moment the alarm goes off. I guess she’s just so excited to wake up, haha.
Anyway… I don’t know if we’ll continue this. The cage is the safest place for any parrot, especially when we can’t have our eyes on it all the time. But our nutty cockatiel is getting her rest, and that’s what we set out to achieve, right? Until I can get her a decently-sized sleeping cage, I think this is going to be it.
What about you – what’s your bird’s preferred sleeping arrangement?