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Birb Lady

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(I apologize if this is hard to read) I have a green cheeked conure that I may have accidentally conditioned her to stay at the bottom of her cage at night. My desk where I do schoolwork and play video games and such is near the bottom of her cage. Her bedtime (7:30) which she refuses to follow, is pretty strict and it's already dark where I am by that time. If I'm working or doing something she will stand in the corner closest to me and basically just watch me like a creep. I put up a barricade between us, of folders, and she's in complete darkness. The only noise she hears is me typing on my keyboard. Anyway, shes started to sleep in that corner normally now and it's making me incredibly nervous. When I wake up in the morning she's on her top perch (she usually sleeps there) and when I come back from classes she's up there as well. So she's literally just sleeping there. It's giving me so much anxiety because any bird owner knows that's a red flag. She was just at the Vet for her yearly checkup in August (last month), everything was fine she's very healthy. She's not around other birds and she has plenty of time out of her cage on weekends and when I'm home from classes. So I have no idea what she could be ill from. Her cage is practically idiot proof at this point and there's nothing for her to accidentally consume or hurt herself on. I'll obviously take her to a vet if needed, but I'm incredibly tight on money right now so I'm hesitant. Basically I'm a worried single bird mother that wants her bird to be okay. Any help or emotional support would be appreciated lol.
 

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Maybe switching location of cage and changing perch locations could help? Is it flat at the bottom, maybe she wants a platform perch?
 

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I have a green cheek that's been sleeping at the bottom of his cage. He's older so initially I thought he was afraid of falling at night, now I think his its his "girlfriend" (old pepper shaker) gets knocked down there and he wants to sleep next to it. As long as she still goes to the top, is eating, drinking and pooping fine I wouldn't freak out. Maybe you should try a platform perch for her to sleep on.
 

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I don’t think I fully understand.

If she’s on her perch in the morning then she must be sleeping on her perch, not on the bottom of the cage.

If it’s not actually dark in the room she’s in at 7:30 and there’s obvious activity (especially from a person she likes) then it’s not bedtime to your bird.
 

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I don’t think I fully understand.

If she’s on her perch in the morning then she must be sleeping on her perch, not on the bottom of the cage.

If it’s not actually dark in the room she’s in at 7:30 and there’s obvious activity (especially from a person she likes) then it’s not bedtime to your bird.
it is dark, it's completely dark, and I'm decently sure that I screwed up and she started sleeping there because of me. I think she climbs up in the middle of the night I'm not sure because she definitely starts off at the bottom. I'm just worried that she's ill or something.
 

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I have a green cheek that's been sleeping at the bottom of his cage. He's older so initially I thought he was afraid of falling at night, now I think his its his "girlfriend" (old pepper shaker) gets knocked down there and he wants to sleep next to it. As long as she still goes to the top, is eating, drinking and pooping fine I wouldn't freak out. Maybe you should try a platform perch for her to sleep on.
Platform perch is 100% going in. I wouldn't be surprised if she just wants a flat surface to stand on.
 

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I don’t think I fully understand.

If she’s on her perch in the morning then she must be sleeping on her perch, not on the bottom of the cage.

If it’s not actually dark in the room she’s in at 7:30 and there’s obvious activity (especially from a person she likes) then it’s not bedtime to your bird.
I just checked it's 6 AM she's still in her corner, so she probably moves up when she wakes up.
 

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How old is she?
What kind of perches does she have?
Any other changes like lethargy, appetite changes, puffiness, poop, behaviours etc ?
 

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How old is she?
What kind of perches does she have?
Any other changes like lethargy, appetite changes, puffiness, poop, behaviours etc ?
She's perfectly fine it's literally her just wanting to be in the corner because it's closest to me.
 

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Covering the cage wont make her hormonal it will just darken the cage whilst your working.
It cant be pitch black if your working or playing video games.
 

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How old is she?
What kind of perches does she have?
Any other changes like lethargy, appetite changes, puffiness, poop, behaviours etc ?
She's one and a half, a little older, and she has natural wooden perches plus a grated bridge below one of her perches that hangs from the ceiling of her cage because she's smol and has trouble getting up. She has one of the generic perches that you get at the store by her food bowl, again because she's small and has trouble getting to it. Then one that gets her up to the bridge. She's perfectly healthy just saw the vet a month ago, they think she's just tiny btw they don't think anything's wrong with her. Maybe hasn't had her growth spurt or something idk how that works in teenage birds.
 

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(I apologize if this is hard to read) I have a green cheeked conure that I may have accidentally conditioned her to stay at the bottom of her cage at night. My desk where I do schoolwork and play video games and such is near the bottom of her cage. Her bedtime (7:30) which she refuses to follow, is pretty strict and it's already dark where I am by that time. If I'm working or doing something she will stand in the corner closest to me and basically just watch me like a creep. I put up a barricade between us, of folders, and she's in complete darkness. The only noise she hears is me typing on my keyboard. Anyway, shes started to sleep in that corner normally now and it's making me incredibly nervous. When I wake up in the morning she's on her top perch (she usually sleeps there) and when I come back from classes she's up there as well. So she's literally just sleeping there. It's giving me so much anxiety because any bird owner knows that's a red flag. She was just at the Vet for her yearly checkup in August (last month), everything was fine she's very healthy. She's not around other birds and she has plenty of time out of her cage on weekends and when I'm home from classes. So I have no idea what she could be ill from. Her cage is practically idiot proof at this point and there's nothing for her to accidentally consume or hurt herself on. I'll obviously take her to a vet if needed, but I'm incredibly tight on money right now so I'm hesitant. Basically I'm a worried single bird mother that wants her bird to be okay. Any help or emotional support would be appreciated lol.
Update I've started putting her at the top of her cage and praising her for it when she relaxes up there. I also praise her for getting food and water. She slept up top last night and I'm super relieved. I think she just got used to sleeping in that corner lol. 8B7516DB-7B2D-4790-A732-9BF359C6489E.jpeg
(after drinking some pineapple juice, then bathing in it, as I'm deathly allergic to pineapple and trying to trick me into giving her a kiss)
 
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