Cold Weather Tips to Keep your Bird Warm
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

Cold Weather Tips to Keep Your Bird Warm

Before Old Man Winter settles in, take time to boost your bird's warmth, comfort, and safety to ensure that she is as happy as possible.

KEEP HER WARM
Locate your bird's cage and playstand away from doors and drafty windows. If you cannot avoid drafts, invest in a cover such as our Cage Cover or a Bird Bunker to shield her from drafts. A heated perch also helps keep her cozy. The Thermo Perch safely radiates warmth and can be left on continuously.

KEEP HER HYDRATED
Winter's decreased humidity means dryer skin and feathers. Add a humidifier to your bird's living space. Mist her periodically with a feather mister such as the Exo Terra Mister Portable Pressure Sprayer, (but not so often that she gets chilled). Also, remember to keep fresh water available for bathing and drinking.

KEEP HER HEALTHY
Feed your bird a nutritionally complete diet on a regular schedule to keep her body systems working well. Prevent Vitamin D deficiency by exposing your bird to a UVB light source, such as the AvianSun Deluxe Floor Lamp. In fact, you should provide UVB light year round. Also, keep your bird away from the smoke and heat of fireplaces or wood stoves.

If you take your bird to the veterinarian or groomer in winter, warm up your vehicle prior to taking her outside, cover her travel carrier, and take steps to minimize the amount of time you spend outdoors.

WE RECOMMEND

Bird Bunker

This tent-like bird bed keeps birds warm and sheltered inside the cage.

Cage Covers

Lightweight, washable, 5-ounce 100% cotton broadcloth stands up to repeated use.

Thermo Perch

Can be left on continuously, so your bird can hop onto it whenever he needs warmth.