After what was one of the most brutal winters in years, it’s the perfect time to evaluate your current heating system and prepare for next winter. However, with a bird in the mix, you have to take into account their needs and get a safe and comfortable heating system.
What is a good temperature range for parrots? The majority of pet birds originated from “tropical and subtropical rain forests, jungles and grasslands,” said Kim Bear, Florida-based bird behavior consultant. While a bird’s temperature sweet spot is between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, this doesn’t mean birds can tolerate weather extremes. It can get as cold as 40 degrees and get as warm as 90 degrees Fahrenheit with little complaints from parrots.
How To Choose The Best Heating Method For You & Your Bird
Central heating is best option, Bear said, but pointed out that not everyone can do that. “With other [heating] methods that require burning something — e.g., fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, fuel-based space heaters — you’re dealing with the potential for dangerous fumes,” she said. “Since there are so many different types with different ventilation systems, it’s hard to say which models would be best for your home.”
According to Bear, the two biggest concerns about heating methods are fumes and smoke, as well as the possibility of your bird coming into physical contact with the heat source inside your home. With this in mind, some precautions must be taken into consideration. “Proper ventilation is a must, [as] parrots’ respiratory systems are more delicate than ours,” Bear said. “We might not be bothered by smoke or fumes that could be a problem for a bird. So I suggest if you’re burning anything — wood or other fuel — basically using something other than central heating, keep the bird in a different room.”
Bear points out that whatever type of heating unit you are using, do your homework and make sure it’s right for your needs. Obtain and follow the manufacturer’s directions, and notify the salesperson you might want to use it with birds in the house, and see if they recommend their indoor heating product.
Be Safe With Indoor Heating Products
Researching indoor heating options is especially important because some options can be toxic, if not deadly. “Some of the electric models have heating elements that may release PTFE, the same deadly chemical associated with non-stick cookware,” Bear said.
Other types of space heaters that use fuel such as kerosene are
And of course, “CO [carbon monoxide] monitors are a good idea for any home no matter what,” Bear cautioned. This goes for all family members and pets.
Monitor Your Bird, No Matter The Heating System
Regardless of the type of indoor heater you end up using, monitor your birds to make sure the room doesn’t get too hot for your pet bird and they don’t become overheated. How do you know when the room is too hot for them? Based on Chamberlain’s experience, if your bird starts to pant, expands or moves their neck outwards or lifts their wings from their sides, your pet might be a little too hot for comfort.
While your budget will ultimately dictate the type of indoor heating method, Bear said it best, “If you can afford it, [go with] central heating.”
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