Originally Posted by FaeryBee
It is not necessary that you cover your birds' cage at night - especially when it upsets them more than settling them.
The important thing is that they get 10-12 hours of darkness and quiet time for sleeping.
If you are trying to discourage breeding by ensuring they get only 8 hours of daylight then that may be difficult to achieve without covering the cage.
I have two boys so breeding isn't an issue.
Thank you for the reply.
I'll stop covering them and monitor their sleeping to make sure they get enough nightly rest.