Do you occasionally need to close your door for quiet time, in order to de-stress, un wind, meditate, or just relax on your own? Like us, most pets need downtime to balance out more public or hectic parts of the day. Your caged bird is no exception. To give your feathered friend a measure of privacy each day, create a hideout or retreat inside the cage.
Here are some ideas for creating a quiet retreat for your caged bird:
- Use your cage cover, keeping it fixed in place over part of the cage as a refuge for your bird. Be sure to cover the cage at night so your bird can sleep without the distraction of lighting, movement, or sound in the room. Move the cage to a dark, quiet spot in the house if the cover isn’t sufficient to provide restful sleep time. Consider getting a smaller cage, intended specifically for sleeping and place it in a quiet room.
- Improvise with soft bedding or fabric, covering part of the cage for a cost-effective, private spot for your feathered friend.
- Get a bird bunker or pyramid puzzle toy. These 3-sided, tent-shaped, triangular structures give your bird a nice place to hide whenever they want.
- Make a woven nest of bamboo to replicate a natural outdoor habitat.
- Provide materials from the outside environment and allow your pet to build his/her own nest. Note: Certain species of birds will be prompted to continually lay eggs (which can cause health problems) when given nesting materials.
- Offer your bird a wooden nest box, another way to go natural.
- Add tree branches or an edible perch. If yours is a larger bird, try placing a real branch or two, so he or she can hide under a leafy canopy right there in the cage.
The cozy, private space you've created will help your caged bird feel secure and content. You'll inspire joyful chirping, singing, talking, and will avoid inappropriate behaviors like feather-plucking. Be sure to inspect the cage and bird toys often, replacing any that are worn, torn, or damaged.
For more tips on keeping your colorful avian friend healthy and happy in their cage, refer to our information-packed Smart Pet Guide online.