In the last few months, Lemon Drop has decided that she does not like being covered at night. She peeps at me when I start to cover her at night and snaps her beak at the cover. I have even found that she bit the cover in a few places. My understanding is that it is in my bird's best interest to be covered at night and perhaps other times. For one thing, I live in the cold northland of the US where it is currently 5 degrees Fahrenheit (-15 C) and often windy. My house is 100 years old and drafty. For another, at times I need to limit the amount of light she gets. Any idea why she decided to dislike the cover? Any suggestions for what I can do about it?
Tetra always grumbles at me when I cover her but I do it anyway. Maybe you can try installing a perch on the outside of the cage to "tent" it away from the cage and keep Lemon Drop from chewing on it. To me it just sounds like she's grumpy about it and doesn't want to go to bed. They are like children after all.
I thought I was alone, Kiwi gives me this look with a tilted head every night when I'm about to cover her cage, I have her light on a timer and when the light goes off she knows it's bed time and will climb to highest perch to sleep but *** soon as I come with the cover I get this look it's funny
How heavy is the cover you use and do you cover the cage completely from top to bottom? If you don't already, maybe if you covered the cage so that the bottom two thirds of the front of the cage remained uncovered it would help.
Could she have had a night fright, do you have a night light on for her?
Thanks for your responses, everyone. It is nice to know that I am not alone in dealing with a little troublemaker. They certainly do act like small children! Lemon Drop makes it clear that she is not happy about being covered (I think partly because she wants to keep playing and seeing what I am doing). She wants me to know that she is in charge of her house (cage).
I have a cover that leaves a bit of an opening on two sides of the cage. The cover is fairly light and allows a little light through. I recently started using a night light just in case that helps. I have noticed that Lemon Drop mostly bites at the part of the cover by her current favorite place to sleep. I can leave the cover a little away from this part so she can't bite it.