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Hello all,

I am so anxious I feel sick. I have done SOOO much research and was fully prepared for everything......accept that they need 10-14 hours sleep.

Husband and I are early risers so black sheet goes over cage at 6:30-7pm and we wake them at 5:45-6. I realiserd that's only 10 hours.
Also my husbands and I live in a 2 room bungalow - lounge in one room and bed in the other with no other space. The only other spot we could put them would be in our walk in robe - this however has little air flow and is a bit stuffy. but they way they would have darkness and be able to sleep for a lot longer.

We put the cover on and speak a little but are usually gaming on computers with headphones. So only mouse clicks and keyboards. Occasional talking. is this okay?

We discussed not waking them at 6 and instead wait until we are home from the gym at 7 then they get the 11 hours + naps.

I am so scared and want them to be as happy and healthy as can be. Does anyone have experience with little space and them sleeping?

They seem lively and happy and they nap around 12-3 on and off. Lots of beak grinding and fluffed cheek feathers <3

Please help/advice would be so wonderful.
 

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Well when you think about a wild bird and a captive bird their lifestyles are very different. A wild tiel uses a lot of physical energy flying for hundreds of kilometres to find water and food in dry Australian bushland. They also expend a lot of mental energy being constantly on guard (even while sleeping) for predators and other dangers.

Consequently a pet bird which flies a few laps around the room and can relax completely to sleep will need less rest than their wild counterparts.

Also of note is that birds sleep functions much differently to a human. They can turn off half their brain and rest it while they keep one eye open.

I would aim for a solid ten hrs sleep per day, if you notice lethargy and fatigue then adjust accordingly.

My budgies and cockatiel get about ten hrs sleep in quiet and darkness. They are doing just fine. All 3 are happy healthy birds. They spend their days flying, playing, preening and of course napping.

Don't over think it just do your best :)
 
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