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Hi, Every Birdie.

Yes, Kate C is spot on. I love to give these as Christmas gifts for birdies and Kitties and puppies, And people with cold toes too!!! We have had one for 20+- years. Follow instructions and they last forever. We have at least 6 for us people with cold toes and Travel companions visiting the vet. Just place a heated disc on top or under travel cages wrap in a towel/or soft blanket and off we go. It is amazing. They are really still very warm eight hours later. No wires to Break or chew easy to wash, there is a replacement cover. We take the disc out of cover when in the microwave as the repeat microwave exposure fades the cover. The snuggle works best in smaller cages where you can cover the top or bottom to seal out drafts.

We like ceramic heat only bulbs in a reflector no more than 60 watts in the reflector. We aim this away from food and water but near favorite perch for the bird. so the bird can move in and out heat as needed in larger cages. The same applies to snuggle. make sure birds can move to cooler area.

Keeping birds warm is critical to keeping sick birds alive as without heat they seem to slip into something like a coma. A cold bird will not eat and birdie motors will not run with out fuel and it needs to be room temp or a bit higher for some soft foods. use a thermometer when feeding babies especially. The crop can shut down and clog so that food never moves into the rest of the GI tract.

We have moved whole nests and both parents in emergencies with a snuggle as heat back up. You can now purchase the mylar space blankets attached to the outside of a light weight blanket which will hold and reflect heat in
to keep people and animals warm during emergencies like when power goes out. Best wishes, Jo Ann:p
 

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Dried beans in a sock or other cloth covering will work for maybe an hour and you need to monitor the birds and warm and repeat as needed, small plastic bottles with hot water and covered in a sock or towel work as well, small hot water bottles will work too. The snuggle lasts so much longer like at night so you can sleep.

If you use a sock with dry beans try wrapping it in a small cage
with a mylar space blanket around the outside as it should capture the heat and reflect back into the birds body and keep it warmer. The mylar is cheap but is also delicate. It lasts better attached to outside of a small blanket .
I am seeing these blankets for people and pet beds with mylar sandwhiched
in between the layers here in the US. This could be a cheap experiment making cage covers cut to size with mylar and soft blanket attached to the outside. Best wishes, Jo Ann:p
 
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