Sun Conures need sleep just like people do

Goldie the Sun Conure taking an afternoon nap

Goldie the Sun Conure taking an afternoon nap

My Sun Conure typically gets around 12 hours of sleep a day. She also typically takes an hour nap during the day also. Sleep is really beneficial to parrots both mentally and physically; just like it is for people. Plus I find that my conure is easier to deal with in addition to being a friend and pet when she is well rested.

Goldie My Sun Conure on an average day usually starts winding down when it gets dark and goes to bed not long after. She prefers this and she usually initiates when it’s time to go to bed. She will actually start to cry when she wants the shutters to be closed and for it to be completely dark. Goldie is almost 8-years-old and has an established routine that both her owner and she find usefu.

During the day Goldie is used to having music on all day. The music comes from the cable television and Goldie’s cage is in the middle of the living room. Goldie loves and needs to be the center of attention so placing her cage in the living room is the most practical place for her even at night.

In a larger family where noise in the living room at night is still at a high level, having the cage in the living room may not be practical at night. A smaller additional sleep cage can be used and the parrot can then be placed in a quiet dark location so that their sleep will not be interrupted.

If I am not at home at night, I do leave the television on low for Goldie at night. The low level noise seems to lull her into sleep and comfort her into believing that she is not alone. When I come home however she frequently wakes up and hollers a greeting yell.

When I am at home, the television is on low also, but I am usually watching the television while she is in her sleep tent. The low level television noise doesn’t seem to bother her unless there is some sort of loud sudden noise, loud talking, or-horrors-the phone rings and that really wakes her up.

Getting enough sleep helps inhibit hormones because longer days do stimulate nesting and mating instincts. Goldie does lay eggs occasionally; but by making sure she has enough sleep, excess egg laying can be prevented; thus avoiding the dangerous health problem of egg binding.

When Goldie does not get enough sleep she is a little crankier and in turn she is also noisier with an increase in biting behavior too. With plenty of playtime structured during the day (at least an hour a day or more), an early afternoon nap is usually enjoyable as well, and helps prevent the fussy, cranky monster from coming out.

Still on occasion Goldie still acts like a spoiled child. I have to laugh when she lets out a defiant yell as if to say don’t tell me what to do. Sun Conure’s will always be opinionated, stubborn at times, noisy, and fussy; but plenty of sleep helps soften the rough edges, and makes that opinionated fussy behavior seem rather cute-at least to me.

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