Daylight Savings Time Woes

Daylight Savings Time Woes

Daylight Savings Time, how does it affect your parrot?

Like me you may be getting ready to see the time change.  That is unless you are lucky enough to live somewhere that does not change the hours of the day depending on the time of year.  I freely admit I am not a fan of time change. In fact I dislike it immensely.  

Not only does it make me grumpy for the first week of change, it often makes a few of the flock rather grumpy too.  Just because the clock says they have an hour left of playtime, does not mean they want an extra hour of play time.  Most of mine will start letting me know in louder and louder voices that it's past their bedtime when the clock falls back.  Especially Cookie Cockatoo.

Don't even mention the fact that breakfast and dinner may fall an hour later if you adhere to the timing of the clock.  According to my birds, meal time is non-negotiable.  In fact my little dog falls into this frame of mind as well.

It usually takes at least a week if not two, for most of my birds to settle into the new timetable.  However, I do have a few (again Cookie Cockatoo and Cosmo Macaw in particular) who refuse to change their time no matter what the humans do.  They are on nature's time all the time and I have learned to live with it, or at least I try to.

Instead of changing their timetable for a whole hour, sometimes making 10 minute daily changes over a course of a week or two before the time actually changes, can make it a little easier for the birds to adjust.

Of course, you may be lucky and your bird goes with the flow and isn't bothered at all.  However you may be like me and well trained to respond to the parrots and not to the hour of the clock.


Maybe some people really do get that extra hour of sleep in the fall when the time changes. I wouldn't know because I'm owned by birds and a hungry little dog.  

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