I am aware that this post may result in massive amounts of hate mail but I am stating a fact.
In our house I have never, not once, been woken up by my birds.
I have woken up due to doves cooing out the window but I have no control over the wild bird population.
Sometimes I can hear a toy rattling or Bingo banging on a her cage bars but overall they are silent until at least 9am.
When I have super early morning meetings I try to creep out of the house as silently as possible. Sometimes Bingo catches me and I see her face peering out under the cage cover as she whispers ‘hey hey good girl’. I always whisper back ‘shhhh quiet’ and she does not make another peep.
How Do I Keep the Birds Quiet?
I will be the first to admit that some of it is luck.
I happen to have two birds that are on the quiet side of the noise meter.
But sticking to a routine is how I maintain the quiet.
Routine = your bird knows what behavior is expected
Every evening I start the bedtime ritual with a treat and turning off some of the lights. A couple of minutes later each cage is covered in a fleece blanket (nothing to snag their toes on) as I say goodnight.
I always start with the lowest member of the flock (Baby) and end with the highest member (Bingo).
Side note: Ikea fleece blankets make excellent cage covers! They are cheap and easy to wash. I cover about 3/4 of the cage so they can peak out underneath. It also ensures they get decent airflow.
Once both cages are covered I turn off the remaining lights and say goodnight one last time.
After this point I never respond to any sound they make.
Granted if I forgot something in the kitchen I will turn on a light and walk quietly while whispering ‘Everything is okay, goodnight’. Sometimes I hear grumbling and occasionally there is a squawk but generally they stay quiet.
Morning starts off with a loud ‘Good morning!’ before I turn on the lights.
The highest member of the flock (Bingo) has her cage uncovered first and receives a personal greeting. Then I repeat with the lower member of the flock (Baby).
Once the cages are uncovered all bets are off regarding sound.
If someone is still sleeping they might be woken by Baby’s morning call (extremely loud conure screaming) but once the birds are uncovered they know it is time to make normal bird sounds.
Once uncovered if you whisper to them they sometimes understand to keep the volume down.
And both Bingo and Baby are also susceptible to bribes with nutri-berries if I need them to be quiet during an important phone call.
I always provide the bribe before I need them to be quiet so I am not training them to scream for treats.
3 Things to Keep it Quiet
In the end I believe it boils down to 3 things:
2. Good quality cage cover
Mostly I cannot stress enough sticking to a routine. Being consistent with your flock will give you the best results.
Enjoy your sleep!