Green cheek conures sleep much like any bird - with their head under their wing. In this head under wing position, with eyes half closed, they look adorable. Couple this with nighttime beak grinding showing they're sleepy and content, who could resist snuggling these little green birds.
How much sleep does a green cheek conure need?
A green cheek conure requires between 10-12 hours. That's 9PM-7AM or from 9PM-9AM. Make your bird a dark and quiet space to sleep. A healthy bird needs a dark, quiet, uninterrupted sleep space or nest box.
10-12 hours of darkness an issue? That's okay. Cover the conure's cage with a blanket or towel. Covering with a towel or blanket blocks light and noise that otherwise wakes your bird up.
How do Green Cheek Conures sleep?
Green cheek conures sleep with their head tucked under their wing. They can sleep in a nesting box or on a perch, but prefer to hang from the bars of their cage while sleeping.
They normally hang from the top right or top left corner of their cage. Hanging in a cage corner from bars while you sleep doesn't look comfortable to us, but it's a natural sleep instinct for green cheeks to be ready for predator attacks.
Can my Green Cheek Conure Sleep With Me?
It might seem cute to let a conure snuggle up in your hair and go to sleep with you. But sleeping with your bird is a bad idea. We forget how fragile conures are - they bounce into a window, and fly off without a scratch.
But green cheek conures are fragile birds who could be crushed by sleeping when you roll over. Let your green cheek sleep in their own cage for safety.
Too Little Sleep
Some owners have a problem where their green cheek conure won't go to sleep. If he won't go to sleep - don't worry. A bird's internal clock shuts off when it's dark out. Just put your conure, if he won't sleep, in a dark and quiet place, and he'll be asleep in no time. Keep it quiet - green cheek conures won't sleep if the TV, air conditioner, or chatter is too loud - they'll scream instead! So, quiet please!
Too Much Sleep
Sleeping too much could warrant a trip to the vet. Birds who sleep more often than normal, who are puffed up, not eating, or staying at the bottom of their cage need veterinary attention. Sleeping too much is a sign of a sick bird.
Do not disturb!
More than a healthy diet, more than out of cage time, green cheek conures need 10-12 hours of sleep for good health, no exceptions! We found that out all too well one month. Our five year old was taking the sleepy green cheek conure, twiggy, out of his cage while he was supposed to be sleeping.They were both supposed to be sleeping, actually. She thought it would make him happier to play. Well, he started getting stress bars on his feathers, and had begun to pluck himself. We were worried sick until we found out what was going on!
Once he started getting his 10-12 hours of sleep again, the plucking and the stress bars went away. So as a heads up, always make sure your green cheek conure's sleep habits are consistent and undisturbed.
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