Change in hemisphere/temperature concerns

by Cara ten Veen
(Oosterland, Zeeland, the Netherlands)

I recently moved my pet cockatoo with me from South Africa (summer) to the Netherlands (winter) and am concerned that the big temperature change may affect him badly and make him sick.

He has been here a few days and seems to only want to sleep all day, cuddled up in his cage. Of course we have central heating and our living room never drops below 15 degrees celcius. Im just worried that he is used to much warmer temperatures. Will he be ok and adjust?

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Jan 25, 2012
Change in hemisphere/temperature concerns
by: Linda

Make sure bird is not over or under any heating vents because these cause drafts which cause pneumonia whether hot or cold air is blowing. Keep cage away from being directly in front of windows too unless absolutely NO air comes in around edges or through glass.

The other issue is it would be a great idea to have your bird examined right away by an Avian Vet because moves are very hard on birds, and she may already be under the weather from stress.

Water is the other concern and you need to be using a very good filtering system for her drinking water as new water will make a bird sick. We rent one of the reverse osmosis systems that are under our kitchen sink for our, our birds and dogs' drinking water because we have some problems with our water supply. At the very least use one of the filtering systems you can get in a store, but these are not reliable except for chlorine and possibly lead. They will not filter out other pathogens or too many minerals, so you may want to look into a household filtering system. The reverse osmosis has a set of 4 filtering sytems water goes through. It leave some minerals which birds need, but filters out all toxins, chlorine and fluoride which the states are bad about putting into drinking water.Some minerals are also filtered out though not all as these are needed fof healthy birds.

If your bird allows it, cover her at night so she can stay warm using her own body heat. Leave a couple of inches open at the bottom for air circulation.They make covers for the different types of Macaw and Too cages so you may wish to do some internet shopping for one. Ours is made to fit our double Macaw cage, is made of lightweight polyester and washes and dries like a dream. If you're handy with sewing machine, you can make one. This one uses velcro closings for sides. In summer, we leave front open, and in winter the entire cage is covered at bedtime. Our birds are Amazons, so they don't tear it up. Your bird may tear it up, but if you get it off soon enough in mornings, she may not.

It is important to get her checked out by Avian Vet, so don't wait to have this done. Get your car warmed up, cover bird's cage completely to carry to car and into vet's office and back. Once bird in in car, the front can be lifted so she can see some. Make the cover a nice medium weight one of polyester to keep all air out of cage when transporting to vet and back.

Keep us posted, and thanks for writing,

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