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The "long nights" treatment works for most cockatiels but not all. When you use this technique, it's important to consider how dark it is inside the cage. It has to be dark enough to seem like night, so putting a light cover over a cage in a brightly lit room won't work. It might actually make things worse, because dim light is similar to the lighting inside a nest.

Either the cage needs to be in a room that's naturally dark (like a windowless room with the door closed), or you need a cover that's thick enough to block out the light. You can test the effectiveness of the cover by draping it over your head and looking toward a bright light to see how much light gets through. There might be a lot more light coming through than you'd expect. It doesn't have to be completely pitch black inside the cage, but it does have to be dark enough to seem like night.

If it's already very dark inside your birds' cage then this technique just doesn't work for them. You might have to go for medical control with Lupron shots or a Suprelorin implant (also called Deslorelin).
 
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