I'm a bit confused about the best room in which to keep my parakeets' cage.
I've had one of my birds for about 10 years. Her cage has always been in the living room, and she's always been a healthy, happy bird. Not too long ago I bought a second keet, who had minor health problems. Everything turned out fine, but the vet didn't support the idea of keeping birds in the living room, stating that noises from TV can startle them and that they often don't get the needed 12 hours sleep. In regards to the sleep issue, I asked if I could simply move their cage into another room at nightfall. He believed that the constant moving about would be too stressful for the keets.

My vet is pretty well-respected when it comes to birds, so I took his advice and moved my parakeets to a spare bedroom adjacent to the living room. There's a small radio in there for them to listen to when I'm out. Even though I regularly pop in to talk and interact with them, it seems odd not having them around me and my family all the time. Now I wonder if they are really better off in this arrangement, versus the way things used to be. Obviously, if it truly is better for their health and well-being to remain in the spare room, then that's fine, as that's what really matters to me.
Thanks,
Hemlock0013
I've had one of my birds for about 10 years. Her cage has always been in the living room, and she's always been a healthy, happy bird.

I think that says it all! Leave em in the living room. But then again I'm not a well respected vet. :-p

"Guns don't kill people..
husbands that come home early do."
Larry the cable guy
I think that says it all! Leave em in the living room. But then again I'm not a well respected vet. :-p

Maybe not, but you're awell-respected Deputy :^)
I'm a bit confused about the best room in which to keep my parakeets' cage. I've had one of my ... cage into another room at nightfall. He believed that the constant moving about would be too stressful for the keets.

Pshaw!! Do they get to sleep in in the morning? Do you cover their cage so it's dark in there? Emotion: smile Your bird is 10 years old, healthy and active; what more could you ask for? Birds are so sociable..seems it would be worse to move her from her normal environment and cut down on the family time.
You know your birds better than your vet does. Emotion: wink Becky
I'm a bit confused about the best room in which to keep my parakeets' cage. I've had one of my ... and well-being to remain in the spare room, then that's fine, as that's what really matters to me. Thanks, Hemlock0013

Poor advice from your vet. The bird is 10, and is fine, right? :-) No reason to isolate the birds now. They enjoy and need the stimulation and interaction they get from being in the main part of the house with you. They will absolutely be fine by being covered at night in the living room (as I've done with my birds for 11 years), or you can move them to another room, and they will not be stressed. They will quickly get used to the routine.

Dave
My birds have always lived in the living room (I have owned budgies since the 1960s). Why should you sequester them somewhere where they will get no attention? The television is always on, low volume, to keep the bird company when we are gone. Mine have always gotten upset if the TV is NOT on.
They sleep right through the TV. What's the problem?

Linda