Parrot room too small?

by Flora

Hello bird lovers,
I'm moving to a much smaller apartment and am planning to close the balcony and turn it into a parrot room for my two african greys. It's 3.5x1.6 meters. Is that too small? Will there be enough room for them to fly and play?

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Mar 14, 2013
by: Flora

Actually, I mentioned they were african greys... Timnehs actually! So no, they're not small.

Yes I'm screening it and adding curtains. I'm screening two sides actually, the two others are walls (one of which leads to the living room), so drafts won't be a problem. Heating perches and blankets always do the trick during the winter, and in the summer, many things can be done: I can keep them in the shady part of the room, open the door that communicates with the living room, and bring them to the kitchen if i still have a feeling it's too hot, which i doubt will happen.
Also, we're not on the ground floor, so no need to worry about animals or people hurting them!

My parrots are very noisy so I do worry about noise a lot. But no matter what they need, I'll make sure they have it... I don't leave family members behind, especially after 7 and a half years spent together :)

Mar 13, 2013
Parrot room too small?
by: Linda

If you are just screening this in, be aware that drafts form with both sides or back and front open. Drafts kill birds winter or summer in the form of contracting pneumonia. As for size of enclosure, you did not specify what size parrots you have, so not sure about size. Well ventilated can mean drafts, so understand that drafts hurt birds whether it is warm or cool. Even inside, birds camnot be put under or over any kind of air vents for the same reason. Without heat in winter, they will die before winter is over.

The other problem you may face is noise factor. If birds are larger parrots or conures, neighbors will complain when they scream. If they are quieter birds, this may not be a problem. If you are on the ground floor, dogs and cats will be a problem because unless you have welded wire with screen over it, even the smallest cat or dog can tear the screen out and kill your birds. And, of course, there are people who enjoy hurting small animals and birds, so enclosure needs to be secure, and putting up screen alone is not secure.

It would be a good idea to see this from many angles, and if this feels wrong, it probably is. You may want to find good homes for your birds if all else fails.

Also, as Tracie mentioned, heat will be required in winter or birds will freeze to their perches, lose toes, feet and die from exposure. As for heat, it is better than cold unless they spend a lot of time in direct sunlight which will kill them.

I wish you the best of luck here, and please keep the bird's best interests as the most important aspect of this.


Mar 13, 2013
by: Flora

Thank you for replying! Snakes won't be a problem in our floor, as for excessive heat periods, don't worry, I always make sure they have a shady cool place to stay, plenty of fresh water and ventilation.

Mar 13, 2013
Balcony for parrot room?
by: Tracie

That is plenty big in my opinion, but are you providing air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter along with great ventilation?

If you are just screening it in, then you must make sure they are not too hot or cold and snakes, mosquitos etc. can not get in.

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