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Don't know how to get my birds calm in morning

FeatheredM

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Hello, my two budgies sleep in my room, I cover their cage with a bed sheet. But in the morning, cage cover on or off, they start angry chirping and fly every where crazy until I either leave the room or let them out. They don't stop. It's like a habit now!!! I can't wake up peacefully and I really want to. They have plenty of time outside of the cage during the day.
 

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Can you tell us more about their sleep schedule and how long their out during the day?
Also the coconut hut you have in your profile is not good for birds, it promotes hormones. I'd take it out :)
 

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Thanks did not know about the coconut. I knew about mirrors.
So I put them to bed around nine to eight, and they fly around crazy around 7 to eight. I let them out for hours each day. And they don't fly around crazy because they want the cover off, because even if I uncover them they do the same.
 

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It's likely normal morning behaviors... They just got a good night's sleep and they are ready for the day! They have all this energy and need to get it out :) Birds in the wild are noisy in the mornings, too!

I would try giving them their breakfast the night before in foraging toys, something they have to tear into or figure out in order to get food. It might give them a constructive, quiet way to get some energy out :)

Otherwise, is there a different room they been sleep in?
 

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No, there is not another room to sleep in. They used to be in the living room, but my mom can't stand the mess. And i get stressed out that they will get out of the house by accident. Your probably correct. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try it.
 

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How big is the cage? It might just be coincidence, but when I moved my birds to a flight cage they actually sleep in longer than me and are just more calm in general.
What kind of food do they eat? Pellets, seed ect? These could also be affecting your birds energy levels.
 

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Also, how light-proof is their cage cover?

The windows in my birds' room have always been covered, but not with black-out curtains. As the dawn started coming earlier and earlier here (Northern Hemisphere), my birds kept waking up earlier (not a problem) and singing the song of their people at the top of their lungs (kind of a problem). I doubled the coverage over my windows and now they're quiet until I come in and create their dawn by gradually bringing the lights up for them.

You might want to look into either a more light-blocking cage cover or blackout curtains for your room.
 

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I can't wake up peacefully and I really want to.
What time do you want to wake up? Hold that thought... see below.

So I put them to bed around nine to eight, and they fly around crazy around 7 to eight.
Have you tried putting them to bed later? If you'd like an extra 60 minutes of sleep, perhaps put them to bed 60 to 90 minutes later each night.

Also, is there any activity in the house they might be hearing around 7 to 8? If so, is the door to your room closed?

One of mine woke up early for a while, but by ignoring his stirring, he learned the rhythm of the house fairly quickly (now he's quiet until I go to his room)... but admittedly, I don't have anyone else that might make noise to wake them.
 

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My budgies go to be a bit later than sundown, because I don't want them making noise before 8:00 a.m. I really don't need by-law stopping by. And, especially as COVID continues, I find people are more & more irrational, which might make such a call more likely.
 

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No matter how 'tame' our birds appear we can't fight natural instincts. The slightest hint of light or sound of normal activity in the home will trigger their natural instinct to form the dawn chorus. I'm not saying it can't be done by trickery, but fighting the millenia of evolution and conditioning often leads to failure.
I'm lucky. The room my flock are in is totally blacked out and I'm the only one here. My flock stirs when I do, I lead the dawn chorus.
 

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birds are birds = up at dawn and roosting at dusk. As Rip wrote its in their blood, no way to change it. So If you want a quiet morning you will have to put them in another room. Keep the mess cleaned up so your mom will not complain.
 
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