Tips for a Safe & Warm Bird Over Winter

As the temperature outside drops, we shut the windows, turn on the heater and maybe light a fire in the fireplace.  While your dog or cat might be nice and content to curl up with you in front of the heater, your bird is most likely to feel a little snuffly and sneezy. 

Birdy BuddyBirds have extremely delicate respiratory systems.  Drier air from heating the house can dry out the skin and the breathing passages of our pet birds.  Add fumes from heaters or fireplaces and you’re potentially looking at a wheezy bird over winter. 

Here are some tips for keeping your bird safe and warm over winter:

  • Consider turning down the heat, and making sure your bird's cage is far away from heater vents
  • If using a fireplace, move your bird to a different room 
  • Clean out heater vents and air filters as this will help to reduce your birds exposure to airborne dust 
  • Try to keep the humidity up near your bird and provide them with the opportunity to bathe frequently.  Lots and lots of showers will help keep the mucous membranes in their sinuses from getting dry and irritated
  • Whenever possible, open a window or move the cage outside in the milder winter sun during the day.  You will still need to be mindful of protection from cold winds (and other ‘wild’ birds)
  • Check for drafts and leaks inside -  Birds can handle lower temperatures but a cold draft can make your bird ill
  • For caged birds outside, cages should be moved to sheltered areas, out of wind, drafts, and rain.  Birds kept in aviaries outside must have protection from the rain, wind and frost
  • Whilst ensuring your pet has adequate shelter is essential, don’t forget that sometimes a little extra warmth is also called for.  Birds can find warmth from adding a bird buddy or a happy hut to the cage
  • Vitamin & Mineral supplements will help to keep your bird healthy – especially important for birds whose diet is primarily seed based
  • Any why not indulge your bird with some fun new wood toys to chew up, a treat bell or replace their wooden perches

And don't forget a nice cosy snuggle for all your pets.

 

** DISCLAIMER: This article is the personal opinion of the Pets Unleashed team. We always recommend seeking specialist or veterinarian advice when it comes to making decisions about the health or well-being of your pet, particularly in respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.