We love our birds because they are affectionate, intelligent, and super fun to be around.
But they are not just fun and games, birds require specific care and are susceptible to shock injury or even the smallest change to their environment. The summer is no exception.
One of the biggest environmental changes happens during heatwaves in the summer. This is why it's important to school yourself in how to keep your parrot cool during the hot months.
Birds generally have a higher body temperature than any other species. During the hot season, parrots have a few ways to regulate their body temperature in the wild:
- through rapid respiration rate
- through the bare patches of their skin
- through their bills
- by panting
- by taking shade
- through flying or soaring at higher altitudes
- through bathing
- by spreading of their feathers
It's pretty obvious that some of the above ways wild birds stay cool are impossible to achieve for your pet parrot. This is why it's so important to do your part to help prevent your feather baby from overheating.
The answer is YES!
If it's not caught and corrected on time, an overheated bird can suffer and even die.
We've put together this quick reference guide to help you care for and monitor your birds regularly to help prevent dehydration and overheating from happening.
If your bird is breathing through his mouth or panting, holding his wings away from his body, or is on the floor of the cage behaving in an anxious or stressed manner, these could be a sign that he is starting to overheat.2. Keep Your Bird At A Healthy Weight
Birds are just like humans - a poor diet can make your bird overweight. This can lead to the same complications that overweight humans face including overheating.
So make sure that you introduce "live foods" to your bird's diet to ensure optimum weight and health.
(Are you providing your bird with a healthy diet? Check out our dietary recommendations for birds here.)
It's nice to be able to let your bird get some fresh air outside and enjoy the sunshine, but just like us, too much direct sunlight can rapidly cause overheating.
You can help prevent this from happening by ensuring that your bird ALWAYS has some shade and can escape the sun whenever she wants.4. Cool Your Bird With A Misting Spray
When your bird shows signs of overheating, it's important to have a misting bottle on hand. It should also be used as part of your birds daily care regime.
Misting helps your bird maintain his core temperature which helps prevent dehydration and overheating.
On a fun note, birds LOVE to bathe and get wet, and you'll find that your bird will really enjoy these "baths" and often will lift up its wings and feet so that you can get those hard to reach places.
This can be a fun experience for both you and your bird, while at the same time, helping to ensure she doesn't overheat.
CAUTION: never spray your mister directly at your bird, otherwise, they will quickly develop an aversion to both you and misting.
Spray near or next to your bird and allow them to enter or exit the mist at will.
As the trust grows between you and your bird this becomes less of a problem but take care in the beginning, as birds can lose their trust very quickly. Lost trust can take an extremely long time to get back.
(Our bird lovers rave about the UnRuffledRx Aloe Vera Spray we have in our store. It's a great way to help your bird stay cool for the summer!)
Make sure that you always have a bathing dish full of fresh, clean water at the bottom of the cage and that it is replaced at least once a day.
As well, it's important to make sure that your bird has plenty of freshwater to drink, and this should be replaced daily too.
Nasty bacteria grow quickly in a water dish that contains food particles or other debris.
And there you have it!
If you follow these tips you should be able to keep your bird safe, healthy, and happy through the summer!
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