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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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I'm not certain if this has been said or not yet, but will say it anyway in the event that it may save a bird's life. If your bird has suffered exposure to any extreme temperature do not attempt to speed up correcting it by immediately exposing the bird to another extreme. Example, if an emergency happened and you find your bird (any living thing, really) experiencing hypothermia, do not immediately expose it to very warm/hot water. If it is too hot, don't try to put him/her straight into a cold shower. This could cause shock, and then death. Exposure should be mindful and gradual, specific to the incident. Time is always of the essence, but taking a moment to research how to best help your pet under the circumstance will help you both in the long run. Keeping your emotions in control can make the difference between your pet living or dying.
Jess, International
Posted: 2/2/2016 11:34:20 PM
This is good advice if you have power. But then if you had power, then the bird would not be cold!
Gene, Dallas, TX
Posted: 10/8/2015 8:11:38 AM
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
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