Tempurature

by Teresa
(Charlotte, NC)

We just bought a huge cage to put on our screen porch so our Senegal parrot can enjoy the Spring & Summer. We cover him up at night, but I worry that it may get too cold for him. At what tempurature should we bring him in? Are the lower 50's too cold?

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May 11, 2010
Comfortable temperature for birds
by: The Avian Vet

They are comfortable around 50 if the wind is not blowing, and there are no other elements such as rain. It is less stressful to be above 60. They cannot take heat above 90 and no direct sun.

Dr B

May 11, 2010
Tempurature
by: Linda

Yes, lower 50's are too low for a bird used to being inside. It takes several seasons for birds to acclimate to changes in temperatures 10 degrees or more. Your bird is also probably in a draft out there on the porch unless it is walled in. Birds in drafts even in warm weather get pneumonia. Your bird is already getting sick, so I suggest you move his cage into the house and only use the porch for short stays when it is warmer during the day. Make sure there are no cross drafts he is sitting in and make sure he is not in full sun, EVER.Make appointment with Avian Vet for a checkup as this bird is probably already getting sick from the drastic changes in temperature.

So, to sum up, move your bird's cage inside as he needs to be at a steady 70 degrees. As I said, drastic changes of temperature (10 degrees and over) cause pneumonia which is very hard to treat and birds have to be force fed with baby parrot handfeeding formula and a syringe. Some die from it because it is very, very bad stuff.

Thanks for writing before you made your bird sicker if he is not already there. It would be wise to take hi to an Avian Vet to make sure he is not already sick.If he gets pneumonia, he may just die from it. ALWAYS ASK BEFORE YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS WITH YOUR BIRD. THE ONLY DUMB QUESTION WAS THE ONE YOU DIDN'T ASK.

Linda

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