Keeping a parakeet warm during winter
Keeping a parakeet warm during winter is easy with the help of a few choice products
Keeping a parakeet warm during winter was not something I ever considered until...
I was sitting here in my chilly living room (I like it that way...) when I looked over and saw my parakeet, Tweetie, all fluffed up; I mean he (or she) is all feathers and looks about to explode! I started to wonder if he was cold or if I was giving him too much millet. The thermostat reads 63F in here at the moment, the wood stove is off so, my first guess - the little fella is cold - must be it. I hadn't ever considered the effect my sub-zero temperatures would have on him. After all, my dogs and cat wear fur coats.
So, I started out to find ways to keep a parakeet warm during winter. Short of relocating to Florida (oh, wouldn't I love that?!), the below items were some of the more interesting I found.
Update: 2014. I wrote this article 3 years ago, before my Mom died. After Mom was gone, Tweetie appeared unhappy as she was home alone most of the day. A dear friend of mine asked to take her to her busy home. Off she want. 3 years later, Tweetie is an egg laying fiend!
One of the best ways to keep a parakeet warm during winter is to install a thermal perch in the parakeet cage. The perches have different levels of heating depending on where the bird stands so he or she can regulate their own body temperature. I'm off to buy one for freezing Tweetie now.
Note: heated perches come in all sizes so there's the right size for any size bird.
Here Kitty Kitty Kitty...only kidding
Warming bed mats which are generally used under a dog or cat's bed will work fine under your parakeets cage and are a great way to keep a parakeet warm in winter. Just make sure to turn it on l-o-w; no need to roast the fella.
Heated pet mats on Amazon.com
The below are some of the best heated pet mats on the market. They're very safe when used cautiously.
Aside from having a bird, Tweetie, I have a bunch of dogs
Come read some of my other pet lenses and meet my gang.
- How to calm down an energetic dog
Killian, my Australian Shepherd, is 90% fabulous dog and 10% idiot. Come read about how I keep him happy.
- Introducing Golden Marguerita - my rescue dog from St. Croix
If there was ever a beach babe dog, Rita is it. Come read her story.
- Introducing Gizmo - born to ride!
Decked out in her finest pink doggle goggles, Gizmo happily takes a seat in my convertible - her OWN seat.
- The evolution of dog names
If you have a pet, I'll bet you call him or her by about a thousand names
- Hops - my 3-legged wonder
Hops came to me already having lost a battle with a car and lost a front leg in the experience. He's about 14 years old now and still hopping along.
- Gifts for dog lovers
Some of my favorite gifts for a dog lover like me!
- Got Squirrels?
No, I don't have a squirrel for a pet but I do enjoy their antics - unless they're robbing every birdfeeder. Here's some good squirrel-proof birdfeeders.
Wrap your parakeet's cage with a thick down throw
The warmth of the day will be preserved if you put a down throw around your parakeet's cage. You can probably use synthetic down but I'd probably go with real down. There's something ironic about a bird being wrapped in a down throw, eh?
Make sure that you take the measurements of your bird's cage when ordering. If in doubt, get a bigger down throw to toss over your parakeet's cage.
Teflon and birds
Never, ever use a heater containing teflon. If heated to a very high temperature, the fumes emitted from a teflon pan can, indeed, kill a parakeet. Now, this doesn't mean that your bird is going to keel over if you make an omelet though.
Here's an article you might be interested in on the subject: Teflon and birds.
Safe infrared heating sources for parakeets
Here's the correct way to keep a parakeet warm during winter if you choose to have a heater. These are all parakeet-friendly.
Do you have a bird or any animal that you keep warm during the winter. I'd love to hear any other tips you may have regarding the healthy and happiness of your animals.