Do you wonder how much sleep your parrot needs? I often wondered and have since read birds do need a certain number of hours of restful sleep. My parrots are known to differ a little on exact hours or when they are put to bed, but sleep is very important to a parrot, even if they are not living in the wild.
Without a good restful sleep at night, a parrot might exhibit grumpiness and with prolong lack of sleep, real behavior problems can occur.
Roger Senegal, puts himself or herself (the only bird here not confirmed as to what sex “he” is) when it gets dark and goes into his bird tent. Even if other birds are up, and about, he puts himself to bed and does not want to be disturbed. When in his tent, he is one that does not appreciate anyone going in to coax him out.
A parrots daytime activity level will contribute to the amount of sleep needed just as much as its home environment. The daytime activity in this household remains the same on a daily basis which also ensures the parrots here keep to the same routine. No one works nights and the other works days making for the parrot not having any continuous quiet time. Since there are very few outside visitors or loud outside noises, the environment remains calm and quiet most of the time for brief naps a parrot will take in the afternoon.
A parrot’s housing and nutrition needs are very important, but one must remember, so is sleep. Avian experts feel 8 to 12 hours is needed for a parrot. Think too, do we not hear that us humans were suppose to have at least 8 hours of sleep for us to function well? Sleep, how so restful and calming and so looked forward to at the end of a full day of wakeful activities…..should not our parrots deserve the rest they need, just as us humans??? After all, do not some of us treat our parrots as if they really are our kids???
good night…sleep tight and do not let the bed bugs bite…smiles: )