We’ve all been woken up by a bird chirping at night, so much so that this trope makes its way into sitcoms and sayings. Unfortunately, this is only more common when keeping a pet bird in the house who is free to sing day and night with abandon. Luckily, most pet birds are diurnal and enjoy squawking along to our favorite tunes during the day, going quiet as night falls. Unless you’re housing a pet owl, you most likely will not need to worry about a nocturnal bird, but that doesn’t mean your avian won’t chirp half the night and prevent you from sleeping. Don’t worry — there are a few steps you can take to bring peace and quiet back to your house and also ensure your bird’s happiness.
Some of the racket you hear from these animals is because of us. Birds who are outside may stay up late because of city noise and light pollution. In the house, you have similar issues. The television or other nighttime noises could be what’s keeping your bird up, as well as household lighting. Birds also chirp if they feel stressed or lonely, which means they might just need some comfort.
You may need to find what’s causing your pet to freak out and tweet late at night, but you can also try a few of these tricks to see if something seems to settle him. Once you’ve got a good routine down, you’ll be getting plenty of sleep, and so will your bird.
Cover the cage
Get this one out of the way first, for sure, since it’s the easiest to implement. You don’t want to completely close off your bird as he still needs to breathe properly. Don’t focus on muffling the sound but instead on using a dark but breathable cloth that will soothe your cheeper. If it doesn’t calm him down, it might still deaden the noise a little.
Talk to him
We already mentioned that your animal might feel lonely or stressed late at night. You can give him a quick good-night to try to remind him that you’re still there and will be ready to play in the morning. Engaging too much will increase his excitement, but a gentle greeting may help. Some recommend chirping back at your bird, too. You might as well try it and see what happens.
Train him to stop
Invest in some training time to get him to stop his nightly chorus. Practice calming or quieting your bird and giving a treat when he complies. Better yet, try to persuade him to stay silent for a few seconds and then provide the reward. Schedule a few lessons and see if it gets him into a better bedtime groove.
Find a good room
It’s nice to have your bird around while you hang out during the day, but the location of his cage may not be suitable for bedtime. Do a walk through his area a few times to listen for noises and look for light sources that you may not know about. Find a spot that’s far away from those distractions and from you. That could mean moving his cage every day or agreeing that he’ll thrive in an out-of-the-way location.
Keep your noise down
Your nightly routine makes more noise than you think. The TV playing, your toothbrush buzzing, your hairdryer blowing, your shower running — all these things will keep a bird wide awake wondering what you will do next. Giving him his own room will certainly help, but you’ll still want to be mindful of your activities. Close doors as much as possible and shift particularly loud activities (like laundry) to earlier in the day while he’s still awake, if possible.
Get a white-noise machine
When all else fails, get yourself a white-noise machine or some earplugs to block him out. Just ensure that your bird can’t hear it, too, as that could make the whole problem worse. Don’t feel guilty about it — he’s mostly talking to himself anyway.
Like kids, birds thrive on routine. If you’re teaching him commands and words, tell him good night before you leave the room and hope he gets the message. Or embrace his chatty ways and let his songs help you drift off to sleep. Sometimes, one bird is the bad influence, and you have to find the culprit. While we don’t recommend splitting up a pair, you can set up a phone or pet cam for a night to see who’s making the noise and maybe even what’s causing it.
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