Ask Lafeber


January 28, 2020

Lovebirds sleeping position

Hi there. My lovebird is about 4 months old and still sleeps in a shoe box that i made fluffy with a blanket.. because i don’t want him feeling alone. Should i rather let him sleep in his cage?


Hi Lisa,

Yes, it is best to let him sleep in his cage. While he may still choose to sleep on the cage floor at first, he will soon change and start sleeping on the highest perch. You can cover the cage at night to make him feel secure. Birds do not sleep in a nest in the wild, other than during breeding season. A nest is for laying eggs and raising chicks, and then it is abandoned. The rest of the time, the adult birds sleep in trees or whatever is natural to their environment. A single bird should not even be given a nest or anything to sleep inside of, like the bird tent they sell. These tents are fine until about this age, but if you let them use it for too long, it will end up triggering hormones and the bird will want to nest – even a male bird. So I do understand wanting to baby him, but his cage is just fine for sleeping without something else for him to get inside of.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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