In winters, bird owners are always worried about the ways to keep their houses warm while having birds over there. Others are concerned about keeping their birds warm without getting their homes heated in winters. Both the concerns are valid and have solutions to them.
Initially, heat lamps were being used in the poultry farms to keep chicks warm. Amazingly, some bird breeders made used of lamps to create emergency heat to keep the baby birds warm. It is successful to some extent but the heat disperse as soon as the lights are turned off and it is not so successful at nights when the temperature goes to minimum level.
In place of this, get bird safe heat lamps which are marketed for avian use. Few bulbs in market are layered with a material which has PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), the very polymer used in nonstick pans that can discharge toxic fumes if overheated. Incandescent or infrared incandescent bulbs are often used for heat lamps. The infrared bulb warms objects but not the whole environment due to unique red light and does not affect the avian sleep cycle.
Ceramic heating objects again do not impact the day/night cycle, since they do not release light. The ceramic material will not break if contacts with water, but it gets really heated up and should not be placed in birds’ reach.
Sometimes cages are designed in such way that they have ceramic infrared heat emitter in it and is sold as bird-safe winter or supplemental heat.
If you need a bird-safe heat that does not increase your heating bill, you must consider Avi-Tech’s Avi-Temp infrared heat panels, which is joined directly to the cage for concentrated heating.
The front side goes to 150F, whereas the hind side measures around room temperature. It is recommended to suspend a panel within the cage, a few inches above the birds resting space. Cover the cage with the screen so that heat is not dissipated and give a heated nighttime nest.
Keep birds at a distant place from ropes, wires, switches, heatersand light bulbs since contact with such things may injure birds. Hot light bulbs may explode if water is splashed over it. Lighting and heating products must be used according to manufacturer’s instructions in order to attain maximum safety and benefit.
Keep monitoring the temperature of ceramic heat elements in reach of birds. If it gets really hot, turn it off to avoid misfortunes or related problems.
sometimes, space heaters may have material coated with polymers containing polytetrafluroethylene (PTFE), which may release fumes deadly to birds. This is really sensitive and must be handled with care. If someone is interested in buying it, he must make sure that he has acquired the complete information about handling the specific product.
Fuel burning heaters and electric heaters with exposed heating rods are not recommended in homes having birds, for these may lead to fire hazards.Radiator style electric heaters are recommended in such cases, but again, one may concern manufactures about possible PTFE coatings prior to purchase.
“Vent-free” fireplaces are also not recommended for bird rooms. These work similarly asa gas stove butis more dangerous as it has indoor flame outlets. If you happen to run a fire, shut the door of bird room down, so that fumes do not filter into the air.
For additional safety, get a carbon monoxide and smoke detector installed in your home and get alarmed of the signs when the pet birds are in danger. Signs of overheating may include but not restricted to
• Puffing or breathlessness
• Wings held away from the body
• Stretched necks
Coldness is not the only issue for pet birds. If you have a cockatoo, cockatiel or African grey, you may witness some white powder, which they naturally produce, but in case that your conure’s or quaker’s feathers appears to be dull, this is probably due to low humidity. This is obvious in winter heatings, they way indoor environment gets dried up leading to breathlessness and dryness on human skin. This must have an impact on sensitive birds. Problems due to less humidity could be solved in number of ways:
• Freuquent showers and bathing. IT could be done by gentle mist or wet greens in some cases.
• Use of vaporizers. Some are designed especially for birds. One must get knowledge of them and use them to avoid dryness around birds.
Sometimes household routine may also lead to drop in level of humidity at home. It could be avoided by altering some routine works.
1. When pre heating oven, keep a bowl of water in it.
2. Place wet towels or pans of water on radiators
3. Partly open the bathroom door and turn on shower tap for some time.
4. Water the plants regularly
5. Don’t use dryer. Dry clothes in the room directly