Date: 18/11/19
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Cold weather and parrots

Many owners of parrots often ask the question “when will it be too cold for my parrot”. We’ve seen it on many parrot Facebook groups and forums. It stems from owners believing that their parrot originates from warmer climates.

It is true that some variety of parrots have adapted to colder temperatures. However, most parrots are companion parrots that have been raised indoors and they would certainly struggle to adapt to a sudden temperature drop.

If a parrot has been kept in an outside aviary, it is likely that it has acclimatised to drops in temperature during the winter, but it is generally safer for parrots to be kept indoors.

Do parrots suffer from colds?

You might think that your parrot has got a cold as the symptoms they are displaying appear to be those that a human would if they had a cold. Parrots cannot have or catch a cold.

Parrots have very sensitive respiratory systems and are therefore likely to have respiratory problems. You should take the time to get to know your parrot’s normal behaviour, as often parrots hide their symptoms. They do this to ensure that they are not seen as weak by predators.

What are the signs of respiratory infections or diseases?

This is not an exhaustive list and if you have any doubts or worries you should get your parrot seen by a vet.

  • Wheezing

  • Making a rasping noise

  • Sneezing or coughing

  • Any kind of Nasal discharge

  • Breathing difficulties

How to keep pet parrots warm in the colder months?

Often these issues are simply caused by where your parrot’s cage is housed. You need to check that they aren’t being subjected to draughts either from being close to a window or door. You may not even know that there is a draught as the window or door may seem fine, if in any doubt find a better spot.

You may have seen a relative or friend cover their parrot’s cage at night. This helps protect your parrot from temperature drops. Make sure your cover is of good quality and recommended for that purpose.

The warmth and associated humidity of the air in the room are also vitally important as dry air can impact. You can get equipment that can measure the rooms humidity and you can buy humidifiers if needed.

What is the ideal room temperature for parrots?

No matter whether you have parakeets, African grey parrots or an amazon parrot they are all ok in normal room temperatures of 19-22 degrees Celsius. Keeping the temperature consistent at this level, day and night, will ensure you have less chance of any issues.

Given the respiratory sensitivity of parrots, you should always consider having insurance, as this would ensure you don’t hesitate to take your parrot to the vets if you are worried or concerned. If you are considering this, do not hesitate to look at our website or call us on 01444 708840.

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