Sudden tempertures. Heat
All about change.
Over heated room with poor ventilation. I lve with this every day.
Living in a VERY warm-heated apartment. And Scary because poor
ventilation can cause stroke, death. The fan(s) are good, but we
must keep them WHERE they are doing the BEST CIRCULATING air.
It's bad to go to one extreme to the other. a over-heated bird
needs to be cooled but not suddenly.We would put the over-heated bird
in an airy ( not drafty area) cool drinking water 2x a day+
Change water often( even if we don't see the birds drink)
Water will help to reduce the temperature. Misting the bird
is ok for some but can stress them too, so pay attention to
all the stressful things. Your Avian Vet will help tell you
more how to protect RE: heat and this is a serious problem.
Vigilance on our part everyday
some of us don't have
alot of rooms to put the bird in. But we must try to learn
what rooms/areas are cooler & what times of the day& PM ect.
Like I can keep my bird in his room till 12:00- 2:pm then I
MUST move him to another room/area. It's the passage time of
the SUN moving and intensity of the Sun's rays. Summer ect.
We have to be really aware of our homes and there's more
options available then we know sometimes. MOSTLY we have to have
Circulating Air. Unventililated when muggy, humidity is terrible
and even on a cooler day.The weather & heat situation-always a issue.
We found using Fans in the room? doesn't do much and can blow
hot air and heat up the room during the day time hours.
We were able to put a fan in the hallway and blow air down
into our bird's room and stays cool till 2PM. Nice for us too
At night we do this too but with a front door opened to get
more air in and we are able to use another Fan in the BR
and not on the bird, but good circulating air. We have to
do many different ways. If it is 100's? and muggy? We have
to move our bird out of BR by 9:30 am and stay in LR all
day and we have AC on then. It's always musical chairs here.
Right now our AC broke down 100% and we 're waiting for a new one.
Everything is fine untill you must leave your place and close
up the doors. (The heat rises too quickly) these birds heat
up quickly too. WE MUST WATCH CLOSE. I had a bird suffer
from heat stroke. Usually THEY do not recover, unless you
catch in time and not so good afterwards sometimes.
So find which room/area heats up the most? How long it lasts.
Sometimes we have to cook early and prepare dinner early?
Not to 'heat up the house in late evening. we also use a
fan to blow air into kitchen too (so not stale & stuffy)
no lingering smells/fumes <--birds will die from
We've learned to change certain routines around here for our
bird's sake. We finally found ways that work. Of course we
had to give up alot of Human comforts & ways
Like cooking times and things like showers? <--we blow OUT
the steam in the bathroom quickly so it doesn't stay all
night and go to our bird's room. And we don't boil water.
The birds will hold their wings away or roll their tongue-
LQQKS scary but this is how they cool off.
They 'll not able to sweat. But PANTING or gasping IS BAD!
My bird will GASP OMG if there's something wrong RE: air
He does Not do it NO more as we KNOW now HOW to keep the
Ventilation 'just right' My OTHER birds did NOT do this!
These little birds 'Over- heat so quickly. I check my bird
often. also I try not to hold or handle my bird when it is
really hot during the day? But I sit with him and keep each
other company and for some reason ( they like us to watch them)
just be with them? So also after it cools a little PM?
I try extra juicy vegetables, fruits (if they'll eat them?)
and water on the greens good
I'm lucky my bird will take
a bath during day/afternoon when it is hot. But I wouldn't
spray my bird if it's stressed & not wanting a bath.
So I think
find the best area/air/ventilation
you can. maybe buy some little fans and use in different areas
of your place. Even if you were to have a smaller place?
There's always a way. It took us a year or more to figure things.
All my windows FACE WEST all day! But I found that if I slipped a small
cardboard covering in my kitchen window on hot days? 6-7 degrees LESS
HEAT. REALLY helped with the AC working better-cooler.
Of course at first I thought SOOOO TACKY OMG!! But really
helps. and I take it down when I want. ( small window
So there are ways. we have to try really hard for our birds.
Hope you find what works for you. and our birds can get sick so quickly.
We just can not wait and delay things and Haphazard treatment.
Also the heat will affect the bird's molting and they shed
feathers sometimes all year off & on. (not like a big molt)
But they don't feel so good when they're molting either.
My bird is molting now and I have no AC this next week.
'crossing our feathers' SOON and no 100's YET
REALLY hope you find a way to cool everyone down comfortable enough.