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Birds and heat

Just wondering how every ones birds are doing in this heat wave and how is every one helping them cope with it? I have 6 budgies... 2 of them are 2-21/2 years old and the other 4 are their 5 month old clutch of babies, I have a little blue parrotlet that is 2 3/4 years old and a pineapple green cheek conure that is 4 months old... I have them in my dining room and there is no air conditioning in there... I only have air in my bedroom and I do not have room for the birds in there. I also do not want to take them from hot to cold then back to hot again so even taking them into there for a break from the heat is a no go. I have a multiple fans in windows thru out the house and one is in a window and blows right down beside the cages, ( not on them) ... the temps hit 100+* outside yesterday and not much cooler inthe house... my birds are coping pretty good with the heat and humidity with only one time they were showing signs of heat stress by holding their wings out from their bodies ( it was then that I put the fan to blow past their cages) I have a little bottle of room temp water and I mist them down several times a day. The budgies had ( another) night fright this morning at 4:30 am... it was still 84* outside and has been climbing ever since... how do all of you help your birds cope with the heat and humidity... any tips?
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I think you're doing everything you can - offer them baths, keep the air flowing, etc. Have you tried offering them cool water to drink to cool off a bit, or keeping a shallow dish of water in the cage so they can bathe when they feel warm, rather than just spraying them? I have seen out door birds just stand in dishes of water to cool off, letting the water cool their feet



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Thanks Jenny... My budgies have a 4 x 8 dish with about 1/2 inch of water in it at all times changed at least once a day with cool water... as well as a large dish of drinking water... The p'let bathes in his water dish if so inclined... and the conure gets to shower under the running water in the kitchen sink when I have him out... I make sure they have lots of fresh cool water to drink at all times. For the most part they do not seem to be bothered much by the heat.

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we have our AC in the livingroom. but the bedroom where the birds are, it can get very warm. ive been bathing them daily and we have to shut are AC off at night because its overworking. today its 110 with the humidity! we dont cover the birds cages in this heat either. its too warm for that. with the AC it gets up to 80 in the livingroom, 85 in the bedroom. we got to worry if it gets over 80 in the livingroom because the chinchillas cant have temps over 80 or else they risk heat stroke...

so its been nasty. i hate this weather. i slept in the livingroom last night in front of the AC. i dont tolerate the heat well myself. just walking to work the other day (it was only 95) for a half hour i got heat stress. nautious, headache, dizzy, and disoriented. felt like i was walking forever.

everyone gets fresh cold water and kept as cool as we can. if it comes to it, everyone will get a dunk in the tub lol did it last summer with the cats (3 of them are longhairs)



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I'm in Wisconsin Casey so I think we are getting very much the same weather as you are... beautiful summer days , but just sooo dern hot and humid... thank God we didn't have our vacation this week as we are going to a fishing lodge up by the Canadian border and it would be way to hot to be out on the lake in a boat... we would bake!!
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but you could have had cooked fish right as you pulled them up

yeah we're as south as you can go in canada lol so its pretty hot here right now, breaking records, thats for sure. our usual summer temps are like 85-90 tops! not this LOL



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But ... cooked whole fish is just soooo gross!!...lol

80's to 90 are normal here to... we were at 100 the other day with HIGH hunidity... my little potted deck garden is going crazy...lol picked my 1st cuke 2 days ago with more just about ready and my tomatoes are ripening as I type...lol. Temps are supossed to be better today!
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It's normally 90-98 here this time of year so... It's you northerner's turn! lol We're only 90-95 lately but the humidity makes it feel like 103-105 -.- But we're used to it, so it doesn't affect us as much



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It's like never too hot in he UK haha! I usually offer shade, water and more fruit and veg if it is hotter than below freezing haha!

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