Being jobless, my schedule is not always very firm, but I try to keep the animals on somewhat of a schedule. And Moxi's bedtime is around 11:00p. This is when I can tell she's getting tired. She gets a little ancy sometimes pacing back and forth on the couch or fluttering down to the floor repeatedly and then she'll settle into one spot. I'll take her to her room put a piece of a pretzel in the brim of the big yellow cowboy hat she sleeps with in her cage, turn off the light and say, "Nite, nite. I love you!" Then I shut the door for the night and I make it a firm practice not to enter her room until I wake up (usually late) the next morning.
I've read a number of horror stories about people putting their birds (and/or toddlers) to bed who will shriek and carry on refusing to go calmly to bed, and seriously I don't get any of that from Moxi. Typically she is ready for her 'nite-nite treat' and she lets me calmly place her on her comfy perch, where she side-steps over obtain her treat. But the reason I hate bedtime, is b/c I know that I am going to be up for several hours after she goes to bed. And I can't help but miss her. Sad I know, but she is just soooo sweet at night. After her little agitated phase, she'll hop down on my shoulder, burrow into my thick hair, and snuggle up next to my neck softly cooing. As if I'm not hooked already???
|I think it's so cute when she tucks her little beak behind her wing for a lil nap|