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Why All Bird Owners Should Use Bird Cage Covers

Should You Really Use A Bird Cage Cover And If So When?

Bird cage covers are more important to pet bird maintenance than owners may think. They are useful tools for encouraging the proper amount of sleep that is crucial to overall bird health. But besides helping to regulate sleep, bird cage covers can also offer birds a sense of security, help to contain messes and protect them from drafty rooms. While bird cage covers are not necessary accessories, some owners find that by using them to establish sleep patterns that are desirable to both their birds and themselves, they can help eliminate a variety of problem behaviors.

Using Bird Cage Covers to Establish Proper Sleep Patterns

Most owners purchase bird cage covers to encourage sleep. Depending on the breed, many companion birds can require up to twelve hours of sleep for optimal health. Because most adults don't require this much sleep, pet owners must create an environment conducive to sleeping despite the normal activities of daily living (such as lights or noises) that will inevitably take place in their homes. Because birds are sensitive to light, bird cage covers are especially helpful during the times of year in areas that have fewer hours of darkness. Using bird cage covers is not cruel. Just like parents use white noise machines for infants and small children, or hang blankets over windows to darken their rooms, bird owners can use bird cage covers to help lengthen the sleep time for their birds. Bird cage covers not only help promote longer sleep periods, but owners can also use them to help shape when that time occurs. For example, noisy birds can wake up their owners before they are ready to face the day. The use of bird cage covers helps signal to birds when it is time for them to sleep. Owners can use bird cage covers to help shape a sleeping period that is appropriate for both birds and their own daily schedules. Adequate sleep reduces the occurrence of problem behaviors stemming from irritability such as excessive squawking and aggression, and ultimately leads to happier and healthier birds and owners.

Do Bird Cage Covers Really Help Regulate Temperature?

Bird cage covers can also be useful in maintaining a comfortable environment within cages. It is difficult for bird cage covers to actually increase the overall temperature within cages since the birds are not large enough to create the body heat necessary to make much of a temperature difference with all of the space between themselves and the bird cage covers. However, bird cage covers are still useful in eliminating drafts, thus maintaining some environmental consistency. Of course the quality and thickness of the bird cage cover can also mitigate the amount of draft protection and temperature regulation. Thicker, better made covers tend to provide more value in these areas than thinner ones.


When NOT to use Bird Cage Covers

Bird cage covers should not be used if they appear to be causing birds distress. If owners use bird cage covers outside of the normal bedtime hours, or regularly as a form of punishment, their birds could become confused or depressed, negatively affecting their mental health. Birds should view their bird cage covers as calming and protective, not punitive or stressful. If birds become unusually aggressive or anxious when bird cage covers are placed over their cages, owners should consider ways they can calm their birds before covering them. Perhaps they need to spend more time socializing with their birds during the day or providing opportunities for them to play and engage with their environment.

Additionally, although it is normal for birds to pick at new bird cage covers, once the routine has been established, this behavior may be an indicator that they have been covered for too long. Birds that become accustomed to bird cage covers may have a difficult time adjusting without one. If owners regularly use their bird cage covers, they should make sure to bring them to any places they travel with their birds. Owners should inquire about the past use of bird cage covers before making any bird purchases. This will help prevent anxiety during the transition to their new homes. If birds are not accustomed to being covered, owners may have to gradually build-up their tolerance by only using covers for short periods of time at first.

Choosing a Bird Cage Cover Material

While there's a great temptation to use appearance only (such as matching home décor) when selecting the material for a bird cage cover, there are a few other purchasing guidelines you may wish to use as well. For example, while on the surface almost any material might seem okay to use, birds can actually become entangled in some fabrics that have coarse weaves that can start unraveling through contact with the cage or if the bird picks at the surface. In this case, a stronger, tighter woven material may be a better option. Also, whether the material is washable and how it wears through wash or dry cycles over time can be an issue. Following manufacturer guidelines on use of detergent, bleaches and use of machine dryers can also prolong the life of the cover and make it less prone to decomposition and wear (as well as the unraveling noted above). Bird cage covers can of course be custom made, but these guidelines for material selection should be followed for these types as well.

When used correctly, bird cage covers can create a comfortable, secure sleeping environment for birds. While any type of cover can create the level of darkness needed for proper cage sleeping, it is safest to buy bird cage covers from pet stores or online at pet websites such as bird-cage.com. Bird cage covers purchased from these places are specially made with non-toxic materials for proper ventilation, so suffocation is not a concern. Bird cage covers are one way owners can help maintain their birds' health, thereby simplifying their care.

Bad amazon parrot behaviors are often due to cage size and placement
Bird cage covers purchased from reputable pet sites like bird-cage.com are safest for birds. They are designed specifically to allow proper ventilation and are tough for birds to damage. Bird cage covers, like the Cozzzy™ bird cage cover pictured above, block 95% of light, offering birds a peaceful dark environment unlike that created with a simple bed sheet..

custom bird cage covers are available based on size, shape and fabric

Custom bird cage covers can of course be made, but it's also possible to order them from a manufacturer. Typically, there are different dimentions that must be provided for different cage types like dome top (pictured above), flat top, or what is known as play top (i.e. with a perch on top).

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