The winter weather may seem to be easy to prepare for. We just turn up the thermostat up to 65 degrees Fahrenheit and then, we’re good to go. However, it would be pretty nice and humane if we share a bit of that comfort to our pet birds.
Whether you keep parrots as pets or maybe you raise some other bird breeds, it is worth noting that the winter could be a bit harsh for them. It is because a bird’s body is not fully capable of adjusting to extremely cold temperatures.
So to make sure the weather does not affect your pet’s overall health and well-being, keep the following tips in mind:
1. Find a comfortable location.
Where you put the bird cage is extremely important. Unless you insulate your walls and windows, it is best to position the cages away from drafty areas or places where cold air is easily trapped. If possible, keep it in a spot where heat is constant.
2. Use cage covers.
If you prefer your avian pals to stay inside their cages, cage covers would be of great use. These covers, which are built for winter, helps trap the heat inside the cage. However, do use this only when needed. When the night is out, put these covers over the bird cage. With that, your pet birds will feel warm while sleeping.
3. Consider the use of heat accessories.
Nowadays, there are plenty of heat bird cage accessories available for your feathery pals. Heat lamps and heat perches are among them.
Heat lamps are like space heaters. They act as plug-in and portable devices that help keep a bird warm when it is under the light. Though the heat will disperse once the lamp is turned off, it is still capable of providing ample amounts of heat to a shivering bird.
Heat perches, on the other hand, are great for your bird’s feet and legs. These devices slowly give warmth to a cold bird by heating their feet and legs.
4. Try the deep litter approach.
If you are looking for an easy yet effective heat source for birds, the deep litter approach is highly recommended. Instead of cleaning the bird cages, this method requires you to add more bird litter on top of the other. Over time, there should be a thick layer of litter on the cage floor, which would be enough to trap and emit heat for your avian friends.
5. Cage tents would be helpful, too.
Cage tents serve as small shelters within a shelter. These tents are well insulated so that a bird can get inside it to keep itself warm. These are also designed to fit into most bird cage types.
6. Offer your birds plenty of toys.
For humans, physical activities can help increase the body temperature. But did you know that the same goes with birds? Yes, you read it right. That means by offering your birds some things that will keep them active during the cold months, they can somehow warm themselves. Bird toys would be excellent suggestions.
7. Keep your birds together.
If you have a big flock at home, it is a wise idea to put them together in the same cage. Although you want to offer them adequate space, it’s just for the cold days. The closer they are to each other, the easier it will be for them to roost. But be careful when keeping them all together. There are some bird breeds that have behaviour problems and do not want to be with other birds. Hence, you might want to observe for any signs.
8. Provide more food.
Metabolism helps keep bodies warm. That is why eating consistent meals is very helpful to keeping a constant warm body temperature for birds. According to studies, feeding heavy food like corn to birds at night will help them feel full. As a result, their bodies will keep digesting, helping maintain a warm temperature.
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9. Provide them warmth with bird clothing.
You think it’s just for fashion? Well, it’s more than that. Nowadays, there are so many clothing available for birds. And what makes these pieces of cloth more efficient and distinct is that they are designed to cover your pets like a sweater. But then again, some birds may need some time to get used to wearing such apparel. Thus, I recommend you take things slow.
Obviously, when it comes to extreme temperatures, common sense would be necessary. If the meteorologist predicts a below zero temperature outside, set your home’s thermostat to a comfortable temperature. And then, cancel all your car trips and spend time with your pet birds near the furnace. With these little efforts, your bird will certainly feel just right!