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6 Tips To Keep Your Parrot Warm

Know what to do when your parrot gets too cold.

Rebecca Sweat

Sun conure

Hypothermia occurs when birds experience prolonged exposure to extreme cold. This process can be slowed, if not stopped, in time to get your bird to an avian veterinarian. If temperatures are low, and your bird appears to be adversely affected by the cold, take these steps:

1) Wrap parrots in towels or blankets to conserve their body heat.

2) Provide birds with a heat source of some kind, like a heating pad.

3) Pay attention to birds’ feet. Massage them to increase circulation in this area, or put them in a pan of warm water.

4) Run hot water in the shower and place your bird in the bathroom steam.

5) Use a hair dryer to blow warm air underneath feathers.

6) Small birds can be held to a person’s body inside clothing. Be careful not to compress the bird’s chest and inhibit breathing.

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Posted: October 18, 2007, 3:00 p.m. PDT

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My cockatiel has one of those heat panels from Avitech to keep him warm in winter. They're made specifically for birds, and are therefore bird safe. They're expensive, but I think they're worth it!
Jen, Detroit, MI
Posted: 1/24/2015 10:01:35 AM
Please do not use heating pads. My precious baby died because their temperature varies. In addition,, they give off plastic odors. I had sought advice when my bird got to cold from another site, and wish instead that I had held her close to my body for heat - forever in mourning
Valerie, North Adams, MA
Posted: 1/23/2015 3:26:35 PM
Thank you for the information. Though I would be careful when using hairdryers around birds. Some hairdryers contain Teflon and have ionizers in them. I've heard about a few birds dying from this...
M, Champlin, MN
Posted: 6/7/2013 2:00:39 PM
Good info. I shall file it in my memory bank and hope I don't have occasion to use it. ak
janet, henderson, NV
Posted: 6/2/2012 4:43:41 PM
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