HOW LONG DOES MY PARROT NEED TO SLEEP?
Importance of Sleep in the Parrot
Just as sleep is important for humans, it is also important for parrots. Not being vigilant enough can cause mood changes, weakened immune systems, lack of energy, and can make them more vulnerable to disease.
So how many hours of sleep should your parrot have per day?
How long should a parrot sleep?
Can parrots sleep with lights on?
Do parrots sleep standing up?
Unfortunately, it’s not easy to determine exactly how much sleep your parrot needs, because all birds have different needs. Some parrots may need 10 hours of sleep a night, while others only need 6 hours. A general rule of thumb is to try to give your parrot a sleep schedule similar to what it would have in nature. Once you know how birds sleep, mimicking these conditions in your home will help you create a balanced schedule that should naturally align with their internal clock. For example, parrots from the equator region see 12 hours of sunshine and 12 hours of darkness each day. So you should try to give them 12 hours of sleep. Of course, the further you get away from the equator, the less sunlight there is during the day.
How To Put Your Parrot To Bed and How Much Sleep They Need
Sleeping gray parrot
It is also effective to stick to a sleep schedule that your domestic parrot will get used to. A positively boosted schedule will improve the overall health of your parrot, so stay consistent with the schedules that have been set, as explained here. A good timer will also help you stay on top of times that you may be concerned about. But you also have to be flexible, especially with regard to unscheduled socializations and late evening agendas.
How do you know if your parrot hasn’t slept enough? It is best to keep a close watch on your parrot’s behavior in case something goes wrong. Slightly negative behavior shows how important a good night’s sleep is for your parrot because it is directly related to its health and attitude. If no problem is found, it is very likely that your parrot is feeling good. You can also let him take naps in the morning and in the afternoon, this will help to better protect his health.
Tips for your Parrot to fall asleep
Some owners may have difficulty getting their parrots to sleep at night. Even if you turn off all the lights, the TVs, and remove any remaining distractions, your parrot can just stay awake in its cage.
Even if you decide to turn off the lights and make your way around the house, your parrot will still be standing anyway and it might even seem like you are a thief at night. This creates a problematic scenario for owners trying to give their parrots the sleep their bodies need.
How much time should a parrot spend outside the cage every day?
The good news is that there are some things owners can do to encourage their parrots to sleep.
Parrots are difficult creatures that have their own personality. It is not uncommon for some of them to remain anxiously away during the night if they are placed in a cage. Instead of taking your parrot out of the cage, try to cover the top of the cage with a large blanket. This will block the light and create a sense of security inside, which should contribute to better sleep.
Some owners even go further by placing their parrot in a small separate cage and placing it in a dark, private room to sleep at night. This is usually not necessary unless your parrot simply refuses to fall asleep in its current cage. As their hearing is much better than ours, a closed room will allow them to have a good and peaceful night’s sleep. Before rushing to buy another smaller cage, try covering their existing cage at night to see if it can help.
We hope this article on your parrot’s sleep has been informative and helpful. As much as humans need rest to recharge, so do our pet parrots. A chronic lack of sleep can only harm the health of your parrots, which can cause them to bite or cry excessively. Parrots have a positive adaptive capacity, so that with the right amount of light and dark, they will have a good restful sleep.