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How to create a healthy sleep schedule in a small space?

Discussion in 'The Airport' started by M&M Ninja, 8/2/19.

  1. Dona

    Dona Rollerblading along the road Avenue Spotlight Award

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    I was so worried about Gigi's sleep (8PM-7AM without a cover) when my son came home and then his girlfriend was here for 3 months. I knew they would be making noise far later than Gigi was used to. She is in her own room at night but it doesn't have doors and is connected to the kitchen and living room. I installed tension rods and sheers on both entrances. There are lights on right outside of those curtains. Last night I heard my son grind spices in the Vita-mix at 10PM. Anyway, despite these changes for Gigi, I've not seen her have any behavior changes and she has not seemed to nap more during the day. We do occasionally hear a little buzz or wolf whistle in the night, but it feels like she is just saying hello.

    Good luck as you test what works in your small space.
     
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  2. Alien J

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    I've seen that done in one of the few "RV's with bird" people I have met. If you could just see the custom renovations I have designed in my mind's eye. Complete with a cage that utilizes the concept of RV slide outs. Also a large on the ceiling aviary in the bedroom! And some wonderful multi purpose pieces that change with the time of day, or need, or want. Now if only I could build them!
     
  3. M&M Ninja

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    @Alien J I have similar ideas. :) I want to have an outdoor aviary that I can connect to the awning. And if my unit was bit enough, I'd remove some of the extra furniture and create a hanging rope/woven mat/natural branch play stand.
     
  4. Alien J

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    That's run through my mind. It's hard for me to give TD run of the full RV. It's a lot to ask everyone else to stay out... meaning the dogs. It depends on weather, where we are... it's also a lot of work to bird proof the whole RV for fly time and put it all back to normal when we're done.
     
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    I know exactly what you mean. I have all three (2 dogs and 1 bird) out together until the 1 dog starts to get too worked up. Then she gets put in the bedroom with a chair blocking her path (so she can see/hear but can't get to us). We had a near fly-out-the-door scare the other day so I've also started locking the door if my husband steps outside. Con: Husband is locked out. Pro: Bird cannot get loose
     
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    What about hanging a shower curtain on a adjustable rod (or some design that's similar) giving TD a bit more room during the day? Use it as the 1st door in a double door system w/ your screen & Rv door as your second. Many here have used them in situations where they want to keep their fids in a room or only in that room where no door exhists. Just a thought to give TD a little more safe space & then the dog's can still have a free range of sorts.
     
  7. Alien J

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    There's a better way to relieve the worry of out of door escape. Create a double door system. It was actually easier to do this in our tiny 26' RV then our current RV. The original "Bye-bye House" had the entry door two thirds of the length of the trailer back on the passenger side. The refrigerator was to the right of the door and created about a foot of wall where we hung our jackets. The rear bathroom and storage closet created the same on the left. It made a sort of entry hallway. We just hung a curtain to make a double entry. I'm not very good at describing things for visual interpretation.

    We do the same now. It's really just a heavy, fabric shower curtain on a suspension rod hung right in front of the screen door (on the inside). No one ever opens or closes the door when TD is out, it's just an extra precaution in case the outside door doesn't latch well, or any other unforeseen possibility.
     
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    I think your message was directed at M&M Ninja! TD is my baby. I am looking into a screen type door/curtain I can hang across the bedroom door. That way the dogs could be in there, but not have the door shut on them. The bedroom is really just a bed with very little space around it. And unfortunately, in our bedroom the storage for clothes or whatever is a large, square cupboard directly over and almost as large as the bed (a design Winnebago didn't use for long). It makes it feel really claustrophobic. It's hard for TD to actually fly in the bedroom because of it. But I hate to shut the dogs up in that tiny space so closed off from us.
     
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  9. M&M Ninja

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    Since the escape scare, we've actually switched to using our rear door. It has a door before a door and works well for bird security. It has a much narrower passageway and higher stairs to get to the ground outside. So not our favorite door for sure, but much more secure for the birdo.
     
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    I'm sorry! I really have to stop posting when my eyes cross @ the end of a busy day...
     
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