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Old 08-08-2015, 11:01 AM
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Is there such a thing as too much out of the cage time?

I'm currently off work and Jimmy is able to spend a bit more time with me than usual. We've had a lot of plans and been busy so he's spent some time in the morning alone and then when we get back, I let him out for the rest of the day and when he goes for his last feed, I put him in his cage for the night.

Jimmy *loves* being out of his cage. He simply can't wait to get out and I love for him to have his freedom. But is it a bad thing to let him have so much time out? When I'm back at work, as a full time worker, I won't be able to let him out on Monday's (I work midday and I know he won' go back into his cage before I have to go to work and I am obviously not wanting to catch him and put him in there). The rest of the weekdays, I will be home by 5.30pm and will let him out then. Weekends I'm home most of the time.

So question is- should I have a set routine of the amount of time I let him out per day or should I just go with the time I can let him out?

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Old 08-08-2015, 11:55 AM
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Generally speaking, I'm a big fan of structure and scheduling, and over the years I found out a set routine for my pets (dog and birds) works wonderfully for them.
Having a larger flock, the scheduled time they have for out of cage playtime is imperative since I can't have all 14 birds of two different species out together at the same time.
Even when I had a smaller flock or during the rare occasions where I had just the one pet bird, I would still set a scheduled amount of time for my bird to play and spend time with me out of the cage.

While out of cage time is important for our bird's mental and physical health, the time they spend on their cages is equally vital, so it's best to reach a balance between the two in order to avoid future issues with the bird completely refusing to go back to the cage which is ultimately the safest place for him/her to be, especially at night time when they need to sleep.
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It will be a case of there being a schedule in when I'm back to working, so maybe I'll just ensure that it continues into the weekends.

I'm out in the morning tomorrow so I'll try and start limiting the time Jimmy has out to make it work for when I'm at work.
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I am quite sure that as intelligent as they are, they can perfectly understand the difference between weekdays and weekends once they get used to the routine. So if they end up having more time out at the weekend, awesome. See what works for you and your bird.
Structured time is very important but so is the ability to be flexible
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Thanks.

I have a hard time when I'm going to be in the room with him to not let him out because he gets so excited.
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I agree with all that's been said Mallorn, who is in her cage for a better part of the day on weekdays, knows that as soon as I get home, she gets the rest of the time (a good 5 hours) to fly around while I do my work. It works well for us Try and find something that works for both of you
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