Chick has developed a fear of the dark. She used to go to sleep with little to no fuss, but now she becomes very agitated and bitey when in the covered cage, with lots of agitated chirping. Wasabi isn't fussed and will just vibe out, though I have a feeling it's due to her still dealing with AGY, so she's too tired to give much of a care. My bedtime routine is the same every night:
- 9pm I give Wasabi her medicine, whilst Chick is in the cage. It takes about 2 minutes.
- I then let them both sit with me until 9:30pm
- Whilst they're on my shoulders, I cover the cage, but I pull the sides and front up to leave the entire front of the cage exposed. I also turn one of my two bedroom lights off, which gives a sunset feel
- At 9:30pm (or before, if they both decide to go into the cage by themselves), I hover them near the cage door and they hop in and immediately go to the highest perch, or have a quick snack before making their way up. The entire front of the cage is uncovered at this point. They start to preen and bedtime chirp
- At 9:45pm, I lower the sides, which makes the cage slightly darker.
- At 10pm, I drop the front down so it's covered entirely except the bottom 2/3rds of the door
Chick used to only become agitated once I'd drop the sides of the cover down at 9:45pm. Now, she'll be agitated as soon as she settles on the highest perch, and will unhappily chirp. I figured I'd use this weak lamp as a nightlight, as it isn't too bright. My only concern is, the top of the lamp is uncovered (and I don't want to make a fire hazard by putting a shirt over it to dampen the light), so the light shines right into the cage and I'm not too sure how bright it is inside, but it may be like a very weak sunset. If I crouch down to peer at the top of the cage, light is reaching it. It helps Chick be calm, but the only angle it works is if it's on the floor directly in front of the cage. If I move it away or put it on a stool, not enough light reaches their top perch and Chick is back to being agitated. Is this okay, or is it too bright for them to get adequate sleep?
Is it better for it to be a tad too light, so they are both calm and happy, or is it more important to make sure it's dark enough for them to get a good night's sleep? I can't uncover more of the front of the cage, as I'm in my bedroom all the time and if Chick has a way of seeing me, she'll drop everything to just stare at me. It's also easier for them to get disturbed if I move, and they'll wake up and stretch. Whereas when they're covered, they stay sleeping.