Many of us are experiencing unusually cold temperatures this winter season. I have been using some extra warming methods because my apartment has large window exposure causing the indoor temperature to drop into the upper 60's. In my research I read that little budgies like the temperature to be above 65 - preferable mid 70's to 80's.
I purchased 2 safe extra heaters. One small on that is safe to use around birds. The larger one is a radiator style heater that many people use to provide extra warmth in a room. These heaters will dry out your room so I also run ultrasonic humidifiers day and night for humidity.
I move the cage at night away from any window and cover it with 3 layers of blankets but still use their clip on special night light. You can also use hand warmers inside the cage provided you wrap them in vet tape for safety reasons and these are good if you have a power failure. Some people use a covered heating pad but I do not. I have a K&H bird warmer in the cage that is nice and warm to cuddle by but so far my birds have pretty much ignored this.
So members what, if any, measures are you taking to warm you birds this winter season?
A little note about using heaters. If you purchase a new one make sure it has ceramic elements and to run the heater the first time away from the birds because it will have an odor you don't want to expose your birds to. The ceramic ones are the safest ones. In the instructions for both of mine it says not to run them unattended. That means do not turn on the heater and leave for work or shopping.
Last edited by Spangled Lady; 01-29-2019 at 09:34 AM.
I never thought this would be an issue in Georgia of all places (I was used to living in MN and IL beforehand), but window insulation is not done very well here and it DOES get so drafty in the winter.
I just gave up and moved my birds from their prime spot in a living room/office/kitchen area (all large open floor plan) to my bedroom, which doesn't suffer from the drafts and has three heat vents so it easily can get up to 10 degrees warmer.
I was sad that they would have less room to fly around, but Caesar still manages to fly out the bedroom door every morning, do his normal 3-4 laps around the large open space he used to be in, and then fly back to his cage in the bedroom. So I guess I worried for nothing.
I also back all the cages with towels, and have a ceramic IR lamp I use for Petrie's cage.
I didn't think about the humidity... I have a small humidifier that I should run in the bedroom.
Luckily (?) I live in a place where everyone knows it's going to be ridiculously cold each winter (last winter it got to -46!), so most places, including mine, have double sets of windows. The radiators for the building are under the windows with a protective box cover, so I have made sure I've good sturdy cotton curtains that reach the box cover. This way the heat goes in the room and any cool effects from the windows stay trapped behind the curtains. I don't have any major temp changes throughout the year due to this set up.
I canít imagine living through such cold! We maybe get a tiny sprinkling of snow once every 10 years and thatís melted before it hits the ground. Our problem is heat. Weíre currently in the middle of a heatwave with most days over 40 degrees Celsius. Iíll never complain about our cold weather again!
[FONT="Book Antiqua"][COLOR="Navy"][SIZE="4"]Yes it is good that you have an article on this subject but it is also good for members to chat about keeping birds warm in the winter. That is a good way to learn.