Ask Lafeber


July 29, 2019

Covering cockatiel cage at night

I have 3 cockatiels that were neglected and abused by their previous owner. They were left covered for days, possibly weeks at a time. I am afraid to cover them in case it traumatizes them. Should i?


Hi Hannah,

I am glad you were able to give these birds a better home. It is not necessary to cover bird cages at night. Sometimes a bird prefers it, sometimes it is needed to limit daylight when you have a bird who won’t stop laying eggs. But for now, there is no need to cover their cage at night. Cockatiels do better with a nightlight, too, because some can be prone to night frights.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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