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Night Frights

Discussion in 'Aussie Grass Parrots Lane' started by Kales, 3/18/17.

  1. Kales

    Kales Meeting neighbors

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    My 9 month old Bourke has had a few night frights since I got him.
    I got him a night light and that helped immensely.
    He did however have one last night which scared that crap out of me as I ran to his cage and there was blood on the wall. I had to remove a blood feather, but I'm concerned he is really going to hurt himself one day.
    He is very tame and does settle when I get to him, but with last night by the time I get to the cage it was too late and he hurt himself. I'm also a deep sleeper and worry I might sometimes miss them.
    He had a very large and long flight cage with my 3 Gouldian Finches.
    I wonder though if the cage might be too large for night time? Would he feel more secure in a smaller cage at night?
    Could it be because he is a lone Bourke? Not sure if that has anything to do with it. We socialize with him lots and he gets tons of attention.
    I clipped his wings to try to prevent him from hurting himself too much in case of another night fright.
    Any tips or tricks would be very much appreciated.
    Thank you
  2. expressmailtome

    expressmailtome Ripping up the road Administrator Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Veteran

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  3. Nerine

    Nerine Meeting neighbors

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    I have a rosey bourke too, and she is also prone to night frights. I have a night light just a couple of feet from her cage; I also don't cover her cage at all. It's possible that one of the gouldians may have startled your bourke. I think it's a good idea to have him in his own separate cage just for night.
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  4. Kccrazy

    Kccrazy Checking out the neighborhood

    Canberra, Australia
    I have a tame female rosey bourke too. She is housed with a cockatiel. I've had her for 3 years and she's never had a night fright. I agree that maybe the finches set her off.

    They do tend to be more active at night than other birds though, and she will often peep at me if she hears me in the kitchen after dark. :)
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  5. Monica

    Monica Biking along the boulevard Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Spotlight Award Avenue Veteran

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    Clipping his wings wont help keep him any safer in a fright... and could possibly cause more harm than good... especially if those new feathers start to grow in and they don't have any support because the old feathers have been clipped...

    Have you tried white noise at all? It could be anything... such as the sound of rain, a creek trickling by, the sound of the waves washing up against the beach, quiet night time jungle sounds, etc.

    This way, it's not completely silent at night, so any sudden noises aren't so sudden.
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