Everything You Need to Know about Bird Cage Covers
Providing a bird cage cover for your birds is important for your bird’s physical and mental health. In fact, many bird owners actually underestimate how essential having a bird cage cover is for your birds. Bird cage covers are essential in making sure that your birds feel safe and secure, allowing them to relax when they are stressed out and to sleep well at night. Aside from providing safety and security for your birds to rest and sleep, bird cage covers also protect your bird from cold drafts. They even help you by making sure that the mess stays inside the cage!
Here are tips and tricks that you should know about providing a bird cage cover for your birds:
Bird Cage Covers Establish Proper Sleeping Patterns
In order to be healthy, birds need to establish proper sleeping patterns. In the wild, most birds are diurnal animals, which means that they are awake during the day, and asleep at night. However, birds that are kept as pets are usually exposed to many different sources of both natural and artificial light, which can make it difficult for them to get the right amount of sleep. Most companion birds need around 8-12 hours of sleep a day for optimum health, depending on their species and age.
Since it’s difficult to provide the same amount of light that birds normally get in the wild, pet owners must create an environment that are conducive for birds to get the necessary amount of sleep. This means providing a safe and dark place where birds can sleep well, because birds are sensitive to both light and noise (both of which can be abundant in a busy household). Similar to humans using blackout curtains to make a room more agreeable and comfortable to sleep in, using a bird cage cover helps create a space where your birds can feel more comfortable to sleep the right amount.
Another advantage to using bird cage covers is that it can help owners to train their birds towards the best times of the day for the bird to wake up. Owners want to be awake when their birds are awake, but some birds can make noise during early morning hours. Since birds usually make noise or sing when they see sunlight, using a bird cage cover can convince your bird that it’s still nighttime, and they need to be quiet for a little while longer. Eventually, you can create a sleeping schedule that’s appropriate for both you and your companion bird.
When your birds get the right amount of sleep, it makes them less prone to irritability, excessive squawking, and aggression (again, similar to people), which leads to a happier relationship between you and your pets.
Bird Cage Covers Help Regulate Temperature
Aside from helping your birds sleep, bird cage covers can be used to help regulate the temperature inside your bird cages. If you live somewhere cold, or somewhere that regularly has strong winds, it can easily become too cold for your bird inside their cage. Birds generally find it difficult to regulate their body temperature during cold weather, which makes it necessary for you to do it for them. Providing a bird cage cover can help keep out cold drafts, especially at night.
You should use thick covers, as they are better in keeping out the cold compared to thin fabric. However, you should make sure that the fabric is still breathable and loose, as you don’t want to suffocate your bird.
When NOT to Use Bird Cage Covers
Sometimes, bird cage covers can cause your companion birds distress. If you use it as a form of punishment when they are aggressive or excessively noisy, they can start having a negative association with a bird cage cover. What’s more, sometimes birds that are attached to their owners, such as parakeets and lovebirds, become anxious when they suddenly are no longer to able them.
Your companion bird will actually show signs whether they are okay with their bird cage cover. They can become unusually aggressive or noisy, or even start clawing at or pecking the bird cage cover when you use it. If this is the case, you should consider ways of calming them down before using the bird cage cover again. Treats, socialization, and play can help them calm down.
Keep in mind that it’s normal for birds to pick at newly-placed bird cage covers. After all, they’re curious as to what this new item could be. Most birds actually become accustomed to bird cage covers quite quickly, and have no problems with them after a day or two. You will need to observe how your bird reacts to your bird cage cover, and adjust accordingly.
Choosing the Right Material for Your Bird Cage Cover
Picking the right material for your bird cage cover can be essential to making sure that it’s both comfortable and functional for your bird. While there’s a temptation to either just pick the most convenient and cheapest fabric, or go for something that will match the surrounding décor, there are other factors that you need to consider.
Materials with a coarse weave can cause your bird to become entangled if they pick at it, while thin materials can easily rip or tear. Choose a fabric that’s strong, thick, breathable, and if possible, waterproof. It makes it easier to clean, as well as functioning as light and temperature regulator.