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Old 03-11-2016, 12:50 AM
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Default Cage Covering in Warm Weather?

Hey everyone! It is relatively warm in my house, having been in the 70s today. Because of this, I left the birds uncovered with their usual nightlight on and all was well. Until I woke up to mad flapping and everyone going crazy.

They got spooked and had a night fright. I don't recall the last time they had a night fright, so I'm going off the assumption that the lack of cage covering made them feel unsafe. In the chaos, Ginny broke a blood feather on her head, which is totally ok now because I put some cornstarch on it and it's not longer bleeding.

But to get to the original point of the thread, how many of you cover your cages when it is warm outside? My fear is that they would get overheated because the cover kind of acts in way to keep warmth in. It doesn't help that I am cheap and am using an old bedsheet and blanket to cover them either. I just want them to feel comfortable and to not injure themselves. Any thoughts?

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Old 03-11-2016, 06:06 AM
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Hi Alyssa,

I'm sorry your budgies have suffered a night fright.
You can still cover your budgies' cage when the weather is warmer and even during Summer time, only you will have to use a much thinner cover made out of a cooling material/fabric.
My flock all have their Winter and Summer covers. When it's birdie bedtime you can still have the cover on the top, back and sides of the cage.
The front part can be only partially covered to allow air circulation.
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I'm with Aluz! I have heavier cage covers for the cold months and a light fabric for warm months.
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Yep, same here! Mallorn has a hot pink bedsheet she has year-round, and in the winter, I put a heavier blanket over it
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You can use the bedsheet without the blanket when it is warm out. I cover my bird's cages year round.
Top, three sides and 1/3 of the way down the front and they have a nightlight as well.
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Hi Alyssa,

I'm sorry your budgies have suffered a night fright.
You can still cover your budgies' cage when the weather is warmer and even during Summer time, only you will have to use a much thinner cover made out of a cooling material/fabric.
My flock all have their Winter and Summer covers. When it's birdie bedtime you can still have the cover on the top, back and sides of the cage.
The front part can be only partially covered to allow air circulation.
Hey Aluz, thank you for your advice! Do you know what type of fabric the cooling cover is made of? I would like to make my own, if possible. I currently use a flannel bed sheet for them, but I can dig out an old cotton one in the mean time.

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I'm with Aluz! I have heavier cage covers for the cold months and a light fabric for warm months.
Thank you for the advice, Tammy. having two cage covers is a great idea and I feel really silly for not thinking of it myself.

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Yep, same here! Mallorn has a hot pink bedsheet she has year-round, and in the winter, I put a heavier blanket over it
Thank you for the advice, Starling. I am glad that I'm not the only one who uses a bed sheet.

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You can use the bedsheet without the blanket when it is warm out. I cover my bird's cages year round.
Top, three sides and 1/3 of the way down the front and they have a nightlight as well.
Thank you for the advice, Deb. I will start leaving a gap when I cover their cage.
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I'd use a cotton bedsheet in the summer months for a cover if I were you, Alyssa.

Most cage covers available through commercial vendors are made of cotton or a cotton-blend fabric.
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