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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-11-2011, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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How hot is too hot for a bird?

So I have a conundrum.

My AC unit is not large and doesn't cool the whole house astoundingly well. As some of you may know I recently moved and I am paying rent now. I have very little money (as in, I'm close to going hungry sometimes, it's that tight) and I don't want to pay extra in utilities if I can avoid it. The problem is I'm afraid to turn off the AC during the day when I'm not here because I'm terrified it will get too hot for Dovey and CC.

What would you do? How warm is too warm? What's a good temperature? Right now it's about 78 in the living room and 72 in the bedroom. If it gets to 85 is that going to be deadly?!

I'm scared for the birds but I don't want to be panicking irrationally.

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It was about 85-90 in my apartment today... air only in the bedroom and my birds are in the living room... no signs of being hot at all from all 8 of them... budgies , parrotlet and a green cheek conure. just make sure they have lots of fresh water to drink or bath if desired an they should be fine.
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and keep them out of direct sunlight

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Thanks guys!! That's definitely easier than keeping the place at a standard like 68-70, hehehe.
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As long as it's a regular temperature (not 70 one day, 80 another) they are fine. They acclimate well to warmer temperatures. As long as it's consistent and they're not in direct sun like everyone said, they're fine



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I only keep my air on 78 and my birds are all good.

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Keep a consistent temperature.




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We are having 90* temps here and none of the birds are stressing from it.
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So then -- what are the signs of a bird that is too hot? I thought maybe my conure's strange behavior today* was caused by overheating, but it wasn't all that hot really and the other birds were happy as could be.

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*(I may post specifics in a separate post, but in a nutshell she was silent, lifeless and twitchy for about 20-30 minutes before abruptly returning to normal.)
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when my birds are hot they often just appear a bit lethargic and they tend to go to water real fast

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When my birds are hot they are lethargic ... not wanting to move around and heat up more, but they also hold thier wings away from their body a bit to try and cool ... hope he is ok.
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An overheated bird will be lethargic, will raise their wings off their side, and pant like a dog (mouth open, tongue out).



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Yeah mine pant too, a lot. Especially the birds of prey!

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I forgot the panting... mine also panted.
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