Winter is here and so is the cold weather! Maintaining a safe environment with a consistent temperature is important to the health of avian pets. There should be no more than a 10 to 15 degree temperature change in a 24 hour period for your bird.
Here are a few things to keep in mind during the colder winter weather:
- Keep birds away from cold drafts and make sure windows are well sealed. You can use shrink wrap to add an extra layer of protection if needed.
- A space heater is a great way to make sure the temperature near your bird remains at a consistent level.
- It is important to be sure space heaters are Teflon free. Oil filled or ceramic heaters are best.
- It is a good idea to run the heater for the first time on high in a room away from your bird. This will help to make sure any chemicals on or in the heater from the factory have a chance to burn off first.
- Winter also brings dry air. Is it a good idea to run a humidifier in the room with your bird during the dry winter months.
- Make sure your home has a working carbon monoxide and fire detector. Run monthly tests to ensure these remain in working order.
- Trips to the veterinarian are sometimes necessary. If you have to leave your home with your bird, warm your car in advance. Always make sure your bird is in a carrier. It is a good idea to place a warm water bottle inside the carrier with your bird.
- Make sure to keep your eye on the weather. If a storm is coming you want to make sure you have water available for your bird. Fill a few gallon containers with water ahead of time in case there is a loss of power.