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Keeping a parakeet warm during winter

Updated on June 25, 2014

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!

Thermal perches

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.

Heated mats

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

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.

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.

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    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      I had heard that somewhere else about Teflon being a problem for birds. If its not great for birds cant be too good for us either can it?

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      6 years ago

      I have a heater I turn up warm the room and when I got to school I cover part of the cage an leave some parts open so she can watch cartoons an leave it up a little she is becoming very smart

    • BillyPilgrim LM profile image

      BillyPilgrim LM 

      6 years ago

      Great tips - will keep it mind this winter! Thanks x

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      We had birds growing up. I bet birds appreciate staying warm!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      No birds here, but I'd love a big parrot, maybe one from Australia, to keep in our big screen room attached to our Florida home. I have lots of tropical plants out there for the parrot to enjoy.

      Smuggle your birdie onto an airplane and come for a visit.

    • iWriteaLot profile image


      7 years ago

      Awwwww....poor Tweetie! 63 degrees? His poor little toes must have been frozen. Good thing you noticed. I love having pet birds. I had a bright yellow canary who sang all day long. So peaceful! And congrats on 99! What topic are you going to use for number 100?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We have a Cockatiel who lives on a glassed in porch. I have a small heater out there so she stays pretty warm, I think. I did not know about the Teflon so appreciate the heads up.

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      7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Thank you for this information. I have been keeping my heat higher than I like due to my freezing cold parakeet. He actually seems to shiver when he is cold. I am going to get a heated perch. It is the perfect solution and will pay for itself when I turn the heat down! Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      I don't have a bird, but I had no idea they got cold or how I would help them warm up. Great lens. I learned something here that may someday be useful. LOL

    • Nancy Hardin profile image

      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Wow, when do you ever FIND spare time? My little fur child (pug) stays pretty warm, but I make sure to have a nice thick bed for her so that she isn't on the floor. Of course, then I find her off the bed snoozing away somewhere I would think would be chilly! HA! Love the lens!

    • annieangel1 profile image


      7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      amazing - I never thought about birds getting cold before - hope he is nice and cosy now.


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