10 Ways to Keep Your Birds Warm During Winter
Winter is almost here, and in some parts of the country, it's already snowing. For those of us with companion animals, it's a cause for concern regarding how to keep our birds warm.
So how do you manage to keep your animals warm in this expected prolonged deep freeze?
Bird Talk put that question out to our friends on our Bird Talk Flock Facebook group and some real pros answered our questions.
1. Use Heat Lamps
Sharon Lendon keeps chickens at her residence in Ohio. As everyone knows, it can get a little chilly in the Midwest, so Sharon hangs heat lamps in her birds’ enclosure and ensures that one hangs directly over their water source so that it doesn’t get too cold.
2. Move Cages Away From Walls
Another reader lost power for a week and moved her bird cages away from the walls, which were getting chilly, and positioned them toward the center of the room.
3. Worried About Power Outages? Keep a Generator on Hand
If you are lucky enough to own a generator and want to use it to keep your furnace going, ensure the generator remains outside your home and positioned away from any open windows and doors so the fumes from it cannot enter your home.
4. Use Oil-Filled Portable Radiators
The newest trend in small space heating is oil-filled portable radiators. The Bird Talk Flock group found that these highly effective heaters work efficiently and gently.
5. Use Heated Perches
There are heated perches you can use inside the cages to keep chilly feet and nails nice and warm. The heat from heated perches not only warms their feet, but it provides a gentle warming inside the cage.
6. Use Wall Heating Panels
There are heat panels available that you can hang near the sides of your cages, which gently radiate heat. This keeps your bird warm without the hazard of direct contact between the wall. And of course, this also offers a choice to your bird as to perch on that side of the cage where the panel is, or move away for a more cooler temperature should she choose.
7. Move Cages Away From Drafty Areas and Windows
Another reader suggestion was to move cages away from drafty windows and any exterior doors, especially if they are used frequently. This reduces that chances of draft hitting your animals. If this isn’t possible, you can simply cover enclosures with a warm blanket while you are using the door to bring in groceries or if someone is just coming or going.
Another reader uses a combination of bubble wrap (with the small bubbles) and then shrink wrap plastic on the entire inside of the window to keep drafts out.
8. Use Humidifiers
Humidifiers seem to be a common choice for those enduring cold weather. Moist air feels warmer than dry air and it’s also better for your skin as well as the skin and feathers of your flock.
9. Have a Fire Place? Use It as a HeaterWhat about fireplaces, you might ask? There are some safety concerns when it comes to gas stoves, fireplaces and birds. The Petcha.com article, "Birds and Gas Fireplaces" provide these tips and warnings:
10. Use More Than One Strategy to Keep WarmAnother Bird Talk Flock member, Allison Berry of Maryland, uses a combination of strategies. She hangs curtains on tension rods to discourage doorway drafts. She also runs humidifiers to keep air moist. And finally, she uses reptile heat bulbs or incandescent bulbs for warming stations. This is a wonderful idea, as your birds can go near to bask in the heat and move away if she gets too warm.
As always, caution is your No. 1 priority in these conditions. Bird Talk wants you and your animals both with feathers and fur to be safe, stay warm and stay comfortable.
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