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Hi all, have noticed at night my birds hang upside down from wire netting under roof iron(to stop escapees) instead of roosting on perches. Is this normal?

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Hi all, have noticed at night my birds hang upside down from wire netting under roof iron(to stop escapees) instead of roosting on perches. Is this normal?

i beleive all birds have their ways of eating and sleeping :)

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All birds are different and some perch some dont. I agree with mariah.

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One of my girls sleeps with one foot in te corner of the cage and the other holding onto the roof and my boy sleeps on the bottom of the cage on the wire.. :doh: They do little weird things.. :oliveb:

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Many of mine hang off the wire too. it looks so cold and uncomfortable :doh:

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I've noticed that mine seem to sleep hanging onto the aviary wire on mild nights, but as the weather is getting colder, they are now sleeping on perches where it is warmer.

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Because of the way the muscles in their feet are arranged, it's not any more uncomfortable for them to be holding onto the wire than to be holding onto a perch. If anything, being able to hold onto something with their beak as well might make them feel more secure.

 

I think of it like this: when you relax your hand and let the muscles go into a neutral position, it curls up. You have to think about opening (or closing) it. When you stop thinking about keeping it open/closed it curls up again. For birds, when they relax their feet, it goes into a fully closed position, and they have to actively move their muscles to open it again. So they're not actually actively holding on, for them it is a natural relaxed state to have their feet closed.

Edited by Chrysocome

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Thanks everyone for your replies, at least mine seem to be as "normal" as everyone else's in that regard. Robyn

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