I have a 3-year-old Meyers parrot (Tunie) that is generally well behaved EXCEPT when it
comes time to bedtime. He settles onto a hanging perch in the middle of the room
(about six feet from his cage) and begins grinding his beak shortly before
sundown. Around 8-8:30 p.m. I approach him to put him in his cage for the night.
He does everything he can to resist me until I have to forcibly remove him from
the perch (even then he clings tightly with feet and beak). Sometimes he bites,
growls, and flies away. Once I get him in the cage and cover it he’s OK, but he
absolutely HATES being put there at night. I’m mystified as to why.
He is out all day and generally doesn’t like spending time in his cage except to
eat, although there seldom is reason for me to put him there except at bedtime.
The cage he sleeps in is in a quiet upstairs room where I keep my home office
during working hours. It has a big window that lets in natural light; when the
lights are off at night it’s dark. He never is shut in the cage during the day,
he goes in only to eat and sometimes just hang out. It contains multiple perches,
food/water bowls and toys. He doesn’t have regular cage hours except bedtime, 8:30
p.m.-8:30 a.m. The nighttime cage cover is light and lets natural light through
in the morning. I think it’s a good sleep environment for him, but like I said
he resists going in at night. That’s why I’m asking if I should just leave him
on the hanging perch he seems to prefer and turn out the lights, or continue to
force him to sleep in his cage.
Again, my question is: should I let him sleep on his “chosen” roosting perch and just
turn out the light in his room and close the door? Or, is it important for him
to sleep in a covered cage at night? Also, why does he resist bedtime in his
cage so strongly?
Any insight and advice will be appreciated!