New Caique falling off perch at night, please help.
Posted 02 March 2010 - 04:14 AM
I am new to these boards and have some questions. A friend of mine bought my son a wonderful hand-fed 9 mth old BHC. My son fell in-love with it, and surprisingly to us, handled all the birds in the parrot store really well..... We brought the caique home today, after getting his new cage ready. The cage is very large, 36 W 26 D and 64 H. We filled it with many toys and perches, plus a swing. The bird adjusted very quickly and looked comfortable enough.
We covered the cage with a blanket for the night, and the little caique seemed to go to sleep happily on one of the perches.... Until it suddenly fell to the bottom, and did not know how to get up..... I will be getting a ladder tomorrow..... I picked it up and put it back on the perch.... After a little while it fell again...... A little panicked and concerned, my friend and I decided to place one of the perches closer to the bottom grate, that way she/he wouldn't fall far..... except after a few minutes he jumped of the perch and is now sleeping at the bottom of the cage, holding on to the bars of the grate.....
Can anyone suggest, a better solution? I thought of getting one of those sleep tents which I could attach to the inside top of the cage, but the pet store talked me out of it, and said Caiques can get very attached to these tents...... (Isn't that a good thing?) ..... Then I read horror stories about sleep huts!!!!
Any suggestions would be helpful, as we don't want our Caique falling midway through sleeping, he/she could get hurt......
In the pet-store the caique was in a small lucite cage, which was open across the front, these cages had no grates, they had lots of shredded paper at the bottom, and if the bird fell from it's perch it would only fall about 8" onto the soft shredded paper.......
How do your birds sleep? or rather on what? Also what size perch do you all suggest for a Caique?
Thanks a lot, really appreciate any help.....
Posted 02 March 2010 - 05:04 AM
Posted 02 March 2010 - 06:04 AM
I like the idea of of putting a blanket on the bottom, except would I place the bird on that for the night? If that's the idea, wouldn't a happy hut, be a better idea?
I am really concerned that I buy the right perch or tent/hut for it tomorrow, so if anyone has more ideas or thoughts that would be great. Thank-You again....
Posted 02 March 2010 - 06:47 AM
The Blanket I have put over the cage only covers half the cage, which I thought was enough as our Caique was sitting on a perch at the top. Now that it's on the grate at the bottom, do I need to cover the entire cage?
Posted 02 March 2010 - 02:20 PM
It could well be that he is used to sleeping on the bottom. In time that could change, but i have heard of others birds that sleep on the bottom all the time.
Is it possible something startled him? Remember after store closing time at night he isn't used to anything going on. He could also be afraid of having the cover on, since he wasn't covered in the store. You said the cover only covered part of the cage, maybe he wants to be at the bottom so he can see out.
For safety reasons I do not like the happy nuts/sleep tents. I don't like the idea of putting a blanket on the bottom either for safety reasons.
My Caiques have boings in their cages and love playing on them. They also have rope perches, dowel perches, manzanita perches and pedicure perches. I just went and measured and they range from 3/4" to 1".
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 05:39 AM
I put towels on the bottom of my cage when my babies were little - but at 9 months old I wouldn't think he would be falling - unless he got spooked by something. New noises in a new house can be frightening at first. It might be a little more work to wash towels or blankets but I would rather soften the fall. And caiques loves to rub on them. I sometimes throw a hand towel in for my guys to play with. They rub on them, chew on them. My caiques all really like the rope pechs and boings. They can grip better - but they like the cholla perchs too because of the little holes in the wood. I ordered some of my birdie tents from Sissy's sewing basket - she does such a beautiful job that it is almost a crime to put it in a bird cage.
When I got my two white bellies at 11 weeks and 14 weeks I put towels on the bottom of their cage so if they fell they wouldn't get hurt. They came with a little round swing that they were used to sleeping in but as they got bigger they couldn't sqeeze into it together so I had to get anotther one. After a few bites of formula the little boy crawled under his little towel and snuggles in to go to sleep. I felt like he felt safe as long as he was hidden under the little towel -it was just so cute. Those two sweet little babies are just turning 10 - Sassy last month and Punkin this month.
Keep us posted on how he is adjusting.
Posted 06 March 2010 - 08:36 AM
Posted 06 March 2010 - 03:15 PM
Rockybird, Night cages? What kind do you have, and would you have a link to a picture? I had heard about them in other post's but wasn't keen on the idea, as it would mean getting him/her used to another cage, and then if we travel and have to board him, what would we do? ..... I would like to see a picture though.... Just incase I can also use it as a boarding cage... Thanks..
Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:56 PM
Posted 10 March 2010 - 11:27 PM
I'm surprised that your bird is still receiving baby feedings? I bought my caique when he was 5 mos. old from Bird Paradise which is also a very reputable bird store and he was completely weaned at that time.
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Posted 13 March 2010 - 04:53 AM
Michelle & Fids, I think he was just not used to the cage is getting better, and has found a spot that protects him. I have stopped putting the towel at the bottom. Can you tell me where to buy "boings" from? as my very well stocked parrot store does not have any. And thank-you for the size of the perch, Caiques seem to have quite large feet.....
Scooter, the store did trim his nails, (we are not sure if it's a male or female) my son has decided it's a male.... Our Caique, is doing better, now, I think he just needed to get used to the cage. May I ask what size tents you use? As I keep finding posts that say Caiques like to sleep in tents..... Or covered.... I looked at Sissy's sewing basket, and they seem to be really well made. What size is right for the Caique? Also to to have it fitted to the highest point in the cage and also to one side? Should I put it in at night and remove it during the day? Any thoughts would be helpful thanks.
rockybird, I have a bird buddy, which he's just starting to use, except I think it might be better if his feet can be on something soft....I have heard read quite a few posts against happy Huts, so I'm looking for something else instead....Also what cage do you use for a night cage? My husband thinks that switching cages will be a problem, and that it's best to get him used to just the one cage.....
Sweetpeaches, our bird came from parrot jungle, and it was on 2 daily feedings, one in the morning and one at night. 15ml at both times. The owner suggested that we continue the feedings and the whole family should take turns doing the feedings, so that the bird bonds with everyone. We take the bird in for a weekly weigh in to the store, and I guess next time I will ask how long the feedings will continue. He also eats pretty bird pellets all day..... So did you not hand feed your Caique at all? Did it still bond properly with you?
Again thanks to everyone for taking the time to answer
Posted 13 March 2010 - 06:08 PM
The conure snuggles against the bird buddy in his large cage, and sleeps on top of it in his night cage. He pulls all his hanging toys around him in his night cage and he is so hidden I cant even see him back there. He would not tolerate the happy hut. I tried to entice him by putting foot toys in it, and he climbed in the hut and angerily flung them out. Very funny.
The night cages work out well for me, mostly because they small enough to cover and keep dark so they dont wake me up first thing in the AM. They also have NEVER gone potty in their night cages. I take them to the toilet first thing in the morning and they both go.
Edited by rockybird, 13 March 2010 - 06:11 PM.
Posted 31 July 2010 - 06:47 AM
WOW~ I KNEW IT... My Caique is 3 years old. The last time I took her to the vet, I asked them to cut her nails shorter because I find they grow fast and she really digs her nails into my fingers! Anyway, I have been hearing loud "bang" noises in the middle of the night and I realized she is falling. I am so worried that she is going to hurt herself though. Any suggestions???
Posted 31 July 2010 - 07:27 AM
If it's in a cage normally with paper substrate and not a lot of perches to get used to climbing and balancing, it's going to be clumsy. Further, they are very comfortable on the ground and yours might be actually thunking on the cage floor out of fun too. The best thing to do is to give it low perches that it can grip well, and make certain it sleeps while perching. Once you see it playing on the perches, and doing the typical head tucked, one foot perch sleeping, then deck the cage out in a lot of perches. Caiques love having a ton of perches they can run along while playing. These birds aren't exceptional fliers and actually choose to run on their feet more than not.
Huts are fine. I would get one that isn't as dangerous as a happy hut though. Something like the felt covered chube from dj feathers is awesome for Caiques.
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Posted 31 July 2010 - 02:20 PM
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Posted 31 July 2010 - 03:11 PM
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