Why is My Bird Chewing His Cage Cover?

Why is My Bird Chewing His Cage Cover?

Laurieann T writes:


Why is my 25-year-old yellow-naped Amazon named Peso chewing up his cage cover?


This is the second time in months.


But yet at night, he wants to be covered up?


Dear Laurieann

Are you using the cover for sleep time only?

Or are you also using it to cover your bird when it is noisy?

To help reinforce the cover is for bedtime, don’t leave it draped over the cage outside of bedtime.


Set a full spectrum light on a timer directly above the cage 12 hours on and 12 hours off (we do 8:30 am to 8:30 pm).


You can see all the LIGHTING items here.


What other toys and preening items do you have in the cage now? Perhaps you need more?


Please let me know more about your cage set up.


If we can help you further, please let me know.

Thank you


La T replied


Only at sleep time.


He has more toys than one parrot can enjoy.


Then in the morning, he rings his Bell to alerts me he wants to be uncovered.


It’s very endearing.


No, I never drape it outside his cage.


And never use a scolding method.

Thank you.


Dear Laurieann


Well, it sounds like you are doing everything right.


Don’t you wish they could REALLY talk to us?




Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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