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The winter is getting closer here in Europe and it's way colder then I am used to in Brazil. I am trying to find something that I can use to provide safe heat to my birds at night as I don't have a proper heating system in my house.

After googling a bit I noticed that lost of people are using either electric or gas heaters, in some specific cases they use some special bird heaters "Snuggle Up heater". Unfortunately I might get heavy taxes once it arrives in my country, so I am keeping this choice for emergency.

I would like to know if there is a way to provide heating to a cage that is inside my house with those lamps that are bird friendly.
I did try to go to a pet center and buy one, however the seller said it would be useless once the heat would be wasted as its not an enclosuresuch as one for reptiles.

My plan was to buy a lamp just like this



I would put in an area next to the cage to provide a warm spot so they can sleep during the night. The lamp would have no light and also be bird friendly to keep them safe from harmful materials(like polytetrafluoroethylene).

Thanks in advance!
 

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I've never seen a lamp like the one you pictured and I wouldn't advise having a bright light shining into your birds' cage at night.

Keeping Budgies Warm in Winter

Budgies can handle temperatures that get down into the mid 50s(F) (12-23 C) with no problem.

Quick changes in temperature (e.g moving a bird from air conditioning into the very hot outdoors) or cold drafts are an issue.
However, when the temperature changes over a matter of hours, then the birds' bodies are able to acclimate to the change.

I would suggest you cover the cage with a fleece blanket (top, 3 sides and 1/3 of the way down the front). Make sure you have a night-light on in the birds' room.

Honeywell Compact Ceramic Heater

Check the pricing for different heaters to see how much the shipping might be.
One of our members purchased the heater shown in the link below AND contacted the manufacturer to ensure there were no polymers containing polytetrafluroethylene (PTFE).
 

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Budgies can handle temperatures that get down into the mid 50s(F) (12-23 C) with no problem.

Quick changes in temperature (e.g moving a bird from air conditioning into the very hot outdoors) or cold drafts are an issue.
However, when the temperature changes over a matter of hours, then the birds' bodies are able to acclimate to the change.

I would suggest you cover the cage with a fleece blanket (top, 3 sides and 1/3 of the way down the front). Make sure you have a night-light on in the birds' room.
I got a thermometer just to be able to see how cold my place is getting and for now the coldest it got was 19° celsius. I'm making sure to cover them every night and to avoid leaving them close to any sort of contact of wind. I believe the solution will have one of this hearts like you shared with a timer function. Also I noticed that I can work on the heat insolation of my windows.

Is it recommended to put little container with water for them to bath during this cold weather ?

Thanks for the advice!
 

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I use the snuggle up heaters in my cages and my guys seem to really like them. They don’t get hot to the touch so I feel comfortable having them on at night. I have the small sized heaters and I have one turned on it’s wide so 2 budgies can comfortably sit in front of it. I turn them off during the warmer months. During winter I also use an extra cover over the cage at night, just for a bit of extra warmth. I’m sure they’d do ok without the heaters but it makes me feel better to know they have something warm to snuggle up to. (I’m in Victoria, Aus and it can get extremely cold here at night during winter).


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