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cockatiels in the cold.

Hi all.
Advice needed. My tiels are out all year, so aclimatised.
We are having a cold snap here but it has been in the low teens. In deg C
Tonight it is -4. So I worry their not acclimatised at the moment.
We are forecast a blizzard for Fri into Sat.
So I am going to fill their food with more nice fatty sunflower seeds. And check their water obviously.
I had one lose a claw a few years back due to it freezing to a perch.
At what Temp do I bring them in?
They have an indoor area where they are fed.
I expect they can withstand -8 deg C at night as long as it warms up in the day.
The worst we had was 3 days of snow and -2 temp daytime.
I will keep my eyes open and maybe shut them in as all of them huddled together should keep it warmer?
What would your advice be?
When to bring them in the house?

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I can't imagine they wouldn't be okay. If they've lived outside all year every year I think they would be fine they have the indoor part too

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My birds are spoiled so they'd be in whenever I felt it was cold outside..

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Hi all.
Advice needed. My tiels are out all year, so aclimatised.
We are having a cold snap here but it has been in the low teens. In deg C
Tonight it is -4. So I worry their not acclimatised at the moment.
We are forecast a blizzard for Fri into Sat.
So I am going to fill their food with more nice fatty sunflower seeds. And check their water obviously.
I had one lose a claw a few years back due to it freezing to a perch.
At what Temp do I bring them in?
They have an indoor area where they are fed.
I expect they can withstand -8 deg C at night as long as it warms up in the day.
The worst we had was 3 days of snow and -2 temp daytime.
I will keep my eyes open and maybe shut them in as all of them huddled together should keep it warmer?
What would your advice be?
When to bring them in the house?

I take it you are talking about an outside aviary!
If you cannot give then any heat from some source. There are other ways that can help them keep warm.
I do have a hard job trying to explain this, but know it does work after they get used to using it.
Back closed in, roof closed in, front covered to below a long perch running across the aviary. Idea is they have to fly down and then up on to the perch. This gives them good protection from the elements. And they can keep each other warm.
The other thing that could be possible is a heated towel rail below them. I use one under the gym my guys sleep on when it gets very cold at nights, as the conservatory is the same temp as outside at nights. And this does get col, at around 10c at nights, but warms up well as soon as there is any sun.


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Another thing you can do Kate, is get a tubular heater and fix a casing around the outside so the birds can't burn themselves. I used a tubular heater outside in the aviaries before and it worked very well

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Cool, but no electricity out there.
They have the sense to go in at mo.
Also giving them warm food.
Have insulated inside with big bubble wrap and old blankets.
Of course snow is a fabulous insulator as well.
Trying to see if can get solar powered heater.
Got solar lights so they will power heater at night.
It's a lizard heating mat stuck to bottom of wood on indoor feeding platform.
Will keep water ice free as well.

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