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Old 07-24-2015, 05:32 PM
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So, Moonie didn't used to like being out of his cage, and now he can't get enough. However, he has started (just this week) to become difficult around bedtime. We take him back into our room at night, (and give him his bedtime belly rubs, which he has come to expect) but then, when we start putting the cover on his cage, he jumps to the side of the cage as if to say "DON'T PUT ME AWAY!" I imagine his inner dialogue is like that of a toddler who is "not tired."

I don't want him to fall and hurt himself in the dark, and I feel like he is totally manipulating me. Is this normal? What should I do?

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Old 07-24-2015, 09:15 PM
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Kiss Moonie goodnight, put him in his cage, cover it part-way (if that is what you normally do), tell him "night-night", turn off the lights (make sure to leave a a night-light on to prevent night frights) and walk away. Budgies are very much like two year old toddlers.

Birds love routine!

Each night as I get my birds ready for bed, I take their cage covers out of the closet and start telling them, "It's time for all good birdies to go nighty-night now!" Each one of them has his own sleeping spot in his particular cage. I always cover the cages in the same order. Peachy is always first. He gets on his comfy clam perch and waits for me to kiss him goodnight then I cover his cage. As I do so I tell him "Night-night, good birdie!". I cover each cage in turn and as I come to each cage with its cover the birds hop up on their sleeping perches and wait to be told good night.
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I have used a night light since my first experience with night frights. It doesn't have to be much, certainly nothing that would keep you awake if he is in your room. I use a small blue light, and my birds have been pretty much night fright free since. I agree with Deb, get him going on the routine you desire or he is going to try his darndest to get you into a routine of his own...
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My birds used to give me all kinds of fits at bedtime.. buzzing me and like you say, general 'bedtime bratiness!! (love that term).. When I read some of the routines people use, and began developing my own bedtime rituals, my struggles have decreased dramatically. I go in to let them know it's bed time by darkening the room a bit and changing waters and such, then come back in a few minutes and coax the latecomers back in. For the very first time.. everyone (I have 5 in 2 cages) was in their spot and ready for their night time millet treats!! Hurray.. I guess the point of this rambling message is that routine really does help (which I guess I could have just said... LOL)
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Kiss Moonie goodnight, put him in his cage, cover it part-way (if that is what you normally do), tell him "night-night", turn off the lights (make sure to leave a a night-light on to prevent night frights) and walk away. Budgies are very much like two year old toddlers.

Birds love routine!

Each night as I get my birds ready for bed, I take their cage covers out of the closet and start telling them, "It's time for all good birdies to go nighty-night now!" Each one of them has his own sleeping spot in his particular cage. I always cover the cages in the same order. Peachy is always first. He gets on his comfy clam perch and waits for me to kiss him goodnight then I cover his cage. As I do so I tell him "Night-night, good birdie!". I cover each cage in turn and as I come to each cage with its cover the birds hop up on their sleeping perches and wait to be told good night.

Did you used to watch the Walton's go to bed routine by any chance ?
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I had the terrible two's for a while there as well but now they all go to bed smoothly.
I always cover the two boys out in the dining room first, I get the cage cover from under the cage and say time for boys to go to bed. They both hop up onto their sleeping bridge and start to chatter and get organised Budget usually comes with me and stands on top of the cage watching the boys go to bed. Then it is Budget's turn, I have all the lights turned off except the night light and he simply hops of my hand into his cage and onto his swing.

Budget used to fly away every time I tried to get him into his cage for the night, I used his favourite toy for a while but now he happily goes to bed. Not that he goes to sleep straight away LOL Quite often he is munching away still when we check on him
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