Should You Use a Sleeping Cage?


Staff member
Sep 1, 2018
One of the most confusing and important aspects of parrot ownership is what type of enclosures are best for your particular species. We’ll be going into depth on this site about what dimensions are best for every major breed and also what has worked well for us and other members of the community in the past. To this end, we’d like to jump right in by answering the question many first-time parrot owners have: Should you use more than one cage?

Maintaining a social community is important to most parrots. Without members of your bird’s species, parrots turn to us to be their flock. When parrots are awake, they usually want to be near other animals and humans. Your parrot’s main cage should be in a common gathering area that is frequented by members of the family and guests. While giving your pet plenty of interaction throughout the day is important, it’s equally important that your parrots get their shuteye.

Parrots tend to thrive with a routine. There is some lee way with how you interpret that and it’s all about your special bond with your individual parrot. Some parrots love falling asleep on your shoulder while you watch a movie while some demand 30 minutes of complete silence before they can snooze. While we can’t definitively say that sleeping cages are for every bird, they’re certainly worth trying! The routine of waking up to visit one cage then being transported back to another for sleep is soothing to parrots.

Just like everything else with responsible parrot ownership, it’s important to tailor your routine to your bird and your lifestyle. If you work third shift, don’t be afraid to try to put your bird to bed at a much earlier or much later time so you don’t sacrifice quality time. Birds can adjust to new routines much quicker than they adjust to loneliness. Never be afraid to shoehorn in some quality time in your daily routine!

Common sense and a bit of observation are all that are needed when selecting a good sleeping cage. In most cases, the sleeping cage can be significantly smaller than the regular cage because the birds will not be as active in this cage. Larger birds need up to 12 hours of sleep every day, so parrots tend to take their sleeping time seriously. See what works for you and your bird but don’t be afraid to give your pet more than one home.