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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-30-2015, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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cold winters are coming

me and my bird baby live in the basement and this will be her first winter with me in the basement. the problem is that the basement can get really really cold in winter, like 60 or lower. i want to keep my bird warm and happy but im at school 7 hours a day so even if i got an oil space heater, i don't if it would be very safe to have it on while im not home. is there a good safe, bird safe option to help keep my birdy warm?
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You can buy a small oil furnace that are very safe for use in the basement. I know many breeders who have them in sheds outside to heat the area their birds are in during brutal cold winters so you won't have any problems keeping your bird warm inside the house with one of these heaters.

These heaters aren't very expensive depending where you shop, I suggest you shop online to look for a good deal price wise, if you are in the USA then you will probably find something less than $65 for a smallish size that will heat the room well.

Each heater comes with a sensor thermostat that turns the heat off when the room gets to a certain temperature which is great!

I have one that I use in the den as there is a problem with heat from the main furnace coming into this room. Like you I was worried my birds would feel the cold but this heater worked well to prevent that.








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One thing good about being in the basement is that it will never get colder than 50-55 degrees. It's cold, but it isn't as cold as the upstairs would be if the furnace went out.

Is it possible to open the basement vents in the duct pipes and let some more heat down there? Doing so will also help keep the floors upstairs warmer.

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Most birds are tolerant of colder temperatures than we think. If you provide a sheltered area, a blanket or towel over part of the cage, he should be fine. My house gets around 55 F at night and my birds are fine. I would let him adjust to the cold rather than using a space heater, I don't like any space heater without supervision...too many fires happen, even with the oil ones...overheating cords, etc.

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Anna has a good point about birds getting use to the room temperatures even in a colder house, you can help by making sure the cage isn't near a doorway where cold drafts will come in from you entering or exiting the house.

Also keep the cage away from the window in the room if the window has a slight draft coming from its casement due to it being old. When its windy outside stand in front of the window and light a match, move your hand and the match slowly around the window frame. If the flame moves away from the draft and flickers towards you or even blows out then you know there is a slight breeze coming in and the bird/s need to be away from that area.

Perhaps putting a barrier of plastic around the window to help keep the cool out will help. There are tons of window insulation kits available in any hardware or wally world store, they are pretty cheap and you put them up using a hair dryer.










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No metal-based heaters either, they can contain teflon. use a ceramic and/or oil heater from a trusted brand such as holmes & honeywell, etc. run it for a few days before putting it in the bird's room and make sure you verify with the manufacturer if it contains teflon.

oil heaters can potentially leak and harm your birds, so i prefer ceramic.

hope your babe does well this winter! good luck!

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I put poroton bricks on my heater so that the birds can't get burned when flying on it.
These are bricks for building energy saving houses. I bought them in a local DIY market.

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I put poroton bricks on my heater so that the birds can't get burned when flying on it.
These are bricks for building energy saving houses. I bought them in a local DIY market.


That's a very cool idea! Thanks for sharing.





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I have an outdoor bird room and have 12ft tubular heaters running along side the aviary. You can put a guard around them. Don't look glamorous but work amazingly well haha. Birds cope surprisingly well with the cold as long as there is a gradual drop. I have birds outdoors all year round. Plus it gets into the negatives over here haha. My kakarikis crack ice to bathe out there!

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I have an outdoor bird room and have 12ft tubular heaters running along side the aviary. You can put a guard around them. Don't look glamorous but work amazingly well haha. Birds cope surprisingly well with the cold as long as there is a gradual drop. I have birds outdoors all year round. Plus it gets into the negatives over here haha. My kakarikis crack ice to bathe out there!

[email protected] kakarikis bathing in icy water. I'd love to see a pic if you ever catch this in action.





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You can also get avitech heating panels. They are designed specially for birds and attach to the inside of the cage. You can buy them on Amazon.
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[email protected] kakarikis bathing in icy water. I'd love to see a pic if you ever catch this in action.
i agree, that would be a pretty funny photo

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