room temp

I know drafts are potentially fatal to birds but is there a room temp that should be avoided? Such as would 60 to 62 degrees F be ok as long as it is not drafty?

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Dec 24, 2011
room temp
by: Linda

70-71 is the correct temperature for these basically tropical birds. We keep our home at 71 day and night, and have not noticed any extra costs involved. Our home is all electric, and it stays fairly even as for costs.

The heaters Tracie is talking about are the electric space heaters, and they can cost a lot to operate. Last year, we set ours to just come on in bird's room when temperature dropped a little past 70, and it cost a fortune before winter was over. Of course, we had record low temperatures too. Wood smoke is dangerous for birds. Pellet stoves have an almost 100% burn and are preferable heat source to wood fireplaces and stoves. In fact, a pellet stove can be put into the fireplace and most are equipped with electric fans to keep heat moving. They require the same kind of piping out as does your fireplace.

If room temperatures drop at night, make sure you cover your birds with polyester covers that leave a couple of inches open at the bottom for air circulation. Light to medium weight Polyester is preferable to cotton as the polyester does not allow any heat to go out, and bird's own bodies keep them warm. Still, you need to keep their area at 70-71 degrees F to be safe.

The temperature you're keeping them at now with or without a draft may very well make them sick, so keep a close eye on them if you have to continue this. You may wish to try a small electric space heater, and they look like little radiators and see if your costs change or not. Our house is very long, and even though it's central heat, the rooms on both ends do not stay as warm as the middle ones do. We cover our Amazons every night, and they are fine. They have a huge double Macaw cage too, and we bought a cover to fit it some years' ago made from a medium weight polyester fabric that washes and dries very well and lasts too.

Linda

Dec 24, 2011
Get a heater for bird
by: Tracie

It is not preferable, and should not be kept at that temperature day and night for days on end. Our birds are mostly tropical birds.

If you keep your home colder for financial reasons, like we do, then you can purchase a radiator style heater to keep near the cage to keep the bird warm.

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