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I live in the woods, so I lose power during even small storms. I've only lost power a couple times during the several months I've had my budgies, and I shone flashlights for them until it came back on (these were very short outages), but I am very worried about what to do when it goes out for extended periods of time (one full day+). My generator can't be used for long periods of time, so we just turn it on for things like heating up water, then turning it off again. Because the trees block out most of the sun, I need to keep a big lamp on for the birdies at all times. What should I do for long periods of time when I can't use this light?

I'm also really worried about when it goes out in the winter and the house gets to be about 20*F. The space heaters emit fumes that are probably not good for their little lungs. Luckily I have some time to prepare for our first winter together, but I don't know what to do if it goes dark for days at the next big gust of wind. Any ideas?

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Old 08-13-2015, 05:52 PM
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The dark isn't going to kill them, but the cold could. Why don't you keep the generator running to keep the house warm and the lights on ? I lost power a few years ago for three day's in the winter, and kept a generator running the whole time for just heat, lights, and refrigerator. You do have time before winter but option's are limited, and budgies need to be kept at minimum of low 60's F....
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I agree with Randy

I would consider having a generator for power to keep the heat and lights going to be a necessity

If you choose to use an oil-filled space heater, you need to ensure there is no teflon or other polymer coated surfaces in the model you select

Kerosene, gas and petroleum emit fumes that can be toxic to budgies

It is critical to ensure there are no PTFEs in your birds' air space

It is always wise to run whatever heater you decide on in the garage, away from the birds and family, for a day to burn off any factory machine oils or other substances before using it in your home

Make sure the unit has a feature that maintains a constant room temperature as a small room may overheat quickly without this precaution in place.

All heaters should have necessary safety features to prevent a fire such as automatic shut off in the event the unit is tipped over

Have an accurate thermometer available to monitor the heat in the room where your budgies will be

Have fleece blankets to cover the cage(s)

Ensure the cages are away from drafty windows and doors

Hot air rises and cold air falls

In extreme cold, air activated "hot hands and feet" packs can be placed under the bottom of the bird cage for warmth
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The dark isn't going to kill them, but the cold could. Why don't you keep the generator running to keep the house warm and the lights on ? I lost power a few years ago for three day's in the winter, and kept a generator running the whole time for just heat, lights, and refrigerator. You do have time before winter but option's are limited, and budgies need to be kept at minimum of low 60's F....
The generator doesn't work that well, so we've been trying to only use it as little as possible to put off buying a new one. We can get a new one though, if that's the best and safest option. The space heaters are run on propane, so that's probably not safe.

Now, the dark may not kill them, but they don't like it, do they? I'm worried about behavioral problems if the power goes out for a few days during the warmer months. Or would they just sleep all day and not be bothered?
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You could buy a battery operated lantern to use for light during power outages.

I have a great one that puts out a quite a nice amount a light.

There are also have little bitty battery powered lanterns/lights if you need one for a night light.
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you can get battery powered fans to keep the air moving during the summer month.

If you have a prolonged power outage in the winter, you need better heating anyway: you don't want your pipes to burst! Ugly and expensive thing to happen.

And if you heat water, you could put the birds into a smaller cage, cover them, whole or partially, and put like a hot water bottle in the cage.
Or a hot rock or something, just something they can't burn themselves on.

In theory, those heaters with the tea light and the flowerpots are supposed to work. I tried it, mostly for fun, but I was not too impressed.
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The modern space heaters sold at Home Depot type stores come in natural gas and propane We have used both in our aviary for at least 8 years with no problem. propane is portable to better fit your situation. We have used these heaters for at least 25 years in our home for back up heat. Our house is directly piped for natural gas. and we have propane backup. You need to put insulation around your water pipes and let water drip a little during severe weather. The modern space heaters can have a thermostat or reflecting
ceramic bricks. our vet has one in his reception room to take chill off in the winter. Yes There is a lot of concern and we do keep Co2 detector right by the heaters as well as the fire detector but these new space heaters are really safe.
be sure to read the specs and for birds the thermostat controlled is best. Just read info closely to be sure all of the safetys are covered. You should be able to purchase one for 150-200 dollars and maybe less on sale in spring. If you have a microwave you can use Pet heat snuggles, sold on Amazon.Heat the snuggle for 5 minutes in m/wave, then place under under cage for up to 8 hours consistent heat. Great portable heat for your toes in bed and on car trips for the birds. propane is the way to go in the woods.

As always , check it out and make an educated decision. At night cover the entire cage. Also a small crock pot, can run for 8 hours before it needs to be refilled and moist warm air is warmer than dry cold air. In acute situations
a small cage can be placed in a large portable cooler to help retain heat with the lid secured slightly open. Down and fleece and space blanket reflective side turned in are also good warmth for people pets and birds. Best wishes, Jo Ann
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