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8:48 a.m. 2012-09-20

a head scratcher for peachfronts

As I was enjoying re-reading the Duke of Bedford's rant about terrible parrot cages, I encountered this line and came to a full stop:

The parrot's cage should not be covered with a cloth at night.

I am not sure what the Duke's objection is to the cage cover, although I suspect that he feels the cage should be large enough that such a cover is impractical. Indeed, when my Peachfronted Conures are out in their large flights, they can enter their roostbox when they're ready for bed, at the time of their own choosing -- usually a bit after twilight. There is no need or desire for a cloth cover.

However, when they're inside in their temporary cages, as they recently had to be courtesy of Hurricane Isaac's Category 1 winds around our house, I do use a cage cover to give them a bit more privacy at night. I don't see anything wrong with it. Maybe the Duke had some nervous species of Australian birds that injured themselves in the night if they couldn't see a night light? Who knows? But Peachfronts do like to get cozy at night. I can tell you from personal knowledge that nights in rural Bolivia get WAY dark, so the Peachfronts have to know how to handle it.

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