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Old 12-16-2016, 11:29 AM   #1
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When I bought Micah's cage, I didn't get the cover that came with it because of how expensive it was. I've been using a sheet, but I'm a bit concerned it's not opaque enough. Does anyone have recommendations for buying or making a cage cover for a reasonable price? What's the best material to use? Also, I can't remember where I got this, but it was recommended somewhere that I leave one side of the cage uncovered, so I haven't been covering the side of the cage that faces the wall. It seems like that lets a lot of light in, so I'm not sure it's a good idea. Opinions on this?
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Old 12-16-2016, 02:56 PM   #2
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I use fleece blankets. Some of them block a LOT of light, and keep it nice and warm. You can add or subtract them as needed, and they are quite cheap. You could also buy fleece at a fabric store and if you have any sewing skill you can make your own custom fit cover.
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Old 12-16-2016, 03:28 PM   #3
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I use a sheet on Izzy's cage, and big beach towels on Sky's cage. I've never been one to buy cage covers, so I use old sheets or towels, depending upon the size of the cage. They seem to work well enough, been doing it for years and years.
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I have never put a cover on Bogie's cage. He is in total darkness at night and he is kept warm, here in Florida. In the winter, he has a self contained oil radiator heater next to his cage. He wakes up with warm feet! Most birds like a cover and fleece is a good, cheap, choice.

I used to cover all my previous bird's cages, but Bogie hates anything put over top of him.
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Old 12-17-2016, 01:24 AM   #5
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We do not use a cover on Jules unless we travel. On her travel cage we will cover it with a beach towel and later my wife picked up a dark cotton table cloth the right size for her cage and cut a slit in the middle of it for the handle to slip through.
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Old 12-17-2016, 10:14 AM   #6
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I have an old dining room tablecloth to cover both birds. This winter I added a little fleece cover in addition to Ollie's tablecloth.
Both birds are covered all year around at night.
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I use curtain fabric to cover Levi's cage at night. I never used to cover him, but since there isn't really anywhere other than the living room for his cage to go, we need to since he goes to bed at 8pm. It has really helped his routine. Sometimes he will chirp after we cover him but saying, "Levi go to sleep" a couple times he settles in and goes to sleep. I do keep the back of the cage uncovered (facing the wall).
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I make little quilts for all the birds. They are basically cotton backed with flannel.
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Thanks for the responses! I think I have some old fleece blankets around, I'll see if I can find them and try that. If I can't find them, maybe I'll try making one. My sewing skills are pretty much nonexistent, but I've been thinking about learning and a cage cover seems like a relatively easy place to start.
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Nichi has a sheet on her cage, covered with a thicker blanket. Kingston has a table cloth on his, covered with two thicker blankets (but not individually as thick as Nichi's).
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