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by Diane Burroughs December 07, 2022 8 min read

By Diane Burroughs


When it comes to caring for our pet birds in the winter, it can be a daunting task. Cold temperatures, dry air, and shorter days can take a toll on our feathered friends. Thankfully, there are a few simple steps that can be taken to ensure your birds stay healthy and happy all winter long. In this blog post, we’ll provide 8 tips for caring for your birds this winter, so you can help them get through the cold months in the best way possible.

1) How can I help my birds stay warm this winter?

 As temperatures drop in the winter months, it is important to take extra care of your birds to ensure their winter wellness. Here are 8 tips to help you provide the best care for your feathered friends this season:

1. Keep your birds away from drafty windows and doors. Temperatures fluctuate quickly near these areas, so it is important to make sure that your birds are not in an environment that is too drafty. 

2. Set up a cage warmer or a heat lamp near your bird's favorite sleep perch to keep your it warm. Make sure that your bird can move away from the lamp if it desires. Heated perches are also available, but they've been known to burn a bird's sensitive feet. 

3. Provide a little extra protein for your birds. High-quality bird pellets, a little egg, or legumes will do the trick. Also, healthy tree nuts and mealworms are good sources of protein and will help them stay healthy and strong during the cold winter months.  

4. Give your birds access to fresh water daily. Water helps them stay hydrated and will help keep their feathers soft and silky. A well-hydrated bird has supple skin which is easier to keep warm. 

5. Avoid space heaters of all kinds. Propane heaters may put off an odor that birds are sensitive to. Space heaters are often made with PFTE, which also puts off dangerous chemicals which can kill a bird. 

2) Should parrots take baths in the winter?

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When it comes to winter wellness for your pet parrot, baths should still be part of the routine. Bathing helps to keep dirt and debris off their feathers, which is important for their overall health and well-being. Not only that, but a nice warm bath will also help wash away any dead skin cells or parasites that may have been lingering.  

However, when giving your parrot a bath during the winter months, it's important to make sure that they don't get chilled. Make sure the water temperature is warm (not hot) and that they are not left in the cold after getting out of the bath. Towel dry them off as soon as they are done bathing and provide some additional warmth if needed. Keep them away from drafts. It's also a good idea to use a spray bottle with warm water rather than a full bath, as this will reduce the risk of chilling. 

By providing your parrot with regular baths during the winter months, you'll be helping to ensure that its feathers stay clean and healthy and that its overall well-being remains strong. 

3) How can I raise the humidity in my bird room?

Tropical parrots thrive on high humidity year-round. If you live in a climate where it gets cold, we recommend keeping them indoors during winter months when they need higher humidity levels than usual. Winter wellness for your feathered friends can be achieved through proper humidity control. To raise the humidity in your bird room, here are some tips: 

1. Place bowls of water around the room and mist the air with a spray bottle.

2. Add a humidifier to your bird's cage or enclosure and remember to clean and change the filter regularly. 

3. Use a hygrometer to measure the humidity levels in the room and adjust accordingly. 

4. Set up a drip system using a large container of water, such as a bucket, and a pump to create a steady mist.  

5. Place several bird-safe houseplants in the room to increase the humidity naturally.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your birds stay healthy and comfortable this winter!


4) How do you maintain vitamin D in the winter?

Maintaining winter wellness for your birds is essential in the cold months of winter. Birds, just like humans, need vitamin D to help keep their bodies functioning properly. Vitamin D helps to regulate calcium levels, strengthen bones, and boost the immune system. During the winter, when the days are cold and shorter and there is less sunlight, birds can have difficulty getting enough vitamin D.  

There are a few things you can do to make sure your bird stays healthy and has enough vitamin D during the winter season. Providing your bird with a full spectrum lamp that mimics natural sunlight can be helpful in providing them with adequate amounts of vitamin D. Additionally, you can add certain supplements to your bird's food such as UnRuffledRx Bird Calcium with vitamin D. These supplements are readily available and help ensure that your bird has all the nutrition it needs to stay healthy throughout the winter. 

It's important to remember that winter wellness for birds includes making sure they are receiving enough vitamin D. By following these tips, you can help make sure your feathered friends stay healthy this winter season! 

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5) What are 8 benefits of optimal nutrition?

When the temperature drops, so does your bird's immune system. Winter wellness is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your pet birds. Ensuring that they get the proper nutrition during this time of year will help them stay healthy and strong during the colder months. But, bird's tend to be picky eaters so it is vitally important to learn how to get them to eat more nutritious food. Here is a great book to improve your bird's eating habits in as little as a few days. 

Optimal nutrition is essential for a bird's winter wellness. Here are eight benefits of optimal nutrition: 

  • May help your bird live longer. 
  • Keeps skin and eyes healthy. 
  • Supports muscles. 
  • Boosts immunity. 
  • Strengthens bones. 
  • Lowers the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. 
  • Supports your bird's reproductive health. 
  • Helps the digestive system function. 
  • 6) Keep Their Cage Clean

    It's important to keep your birds' cage clean and tidy in order for them to stay healthy during the cold winter months. Not only does a dirty cage weaken their immune system, but it can also leave them prone to respiratory illnesses. To ensure winter wellness for your feathered friends, it is essential that you clean their cage regularly. 

    Start by removing any old food and water dishes and wiping them down with a mild soap. Be sure to rinse them thoroughly to get rid of any soap residue. Once the dishes are clean, add new food and water to the cage. Make sure to discard any leftover food after 24 hours to prevent spoilage and bacteria growth. 

    Another important step in keeping your bird's cage clean is to make sure there is no buildup of droppings or feathers. Line the tray with clean paper. Remove these every few days and spot-clean as needed. Additionally, make sure you scrub the inside and outside of the cage with an appropriate cleaner on a weekly basis. Also, check any toys and accessories for damage to make sure that your bird doesn't get injured.  

    By taking the time to keep your bird's cage clean and tidy this winter, you can help ensure their overall health and winter wellness!

    7) Keep Them Active

    The winter season can be tough on your feathered friends as the days become shorter and the temperatures drop. One of the most important elements of your bird’s winter wellness is to make sure they stay active. Birds are naturally active and curious creatures, but during the cold months, it’s easy for them to become sedentary. 

    Unfortunately, being too sedentary can cause a wide range of problems including obesity, depression, and weakened immune systems. All of the stress can lead to a plucking problem, too. That’s why it’s important to create activities that stimulate their minds and bodies in order to keep them healthy and happy this winter. 

    One great way to keep your bird mentally stimulated during the winter is to get a bird play stand. They provide an opportunity for birds to exercise their feet, climb around and explore new things. If you don’t want to spend money on a play stand there are plenty of ideas on how to make them on 

    Foraging toys are another great way to help your pet stay physically active throughout winter. You can buy or make these types of toys from household items like cereal boxes or PVC pipe - just cut a hole in one end, fill it with treats, then put the other end on top so it becomes difficult for them to grab the food. Frozen or freeze-dried food will also help keep them entertained when no other food sources are available outside of wintertime. 

    Just like us humans, our pets need proper nutrition and stimulation throughout the winter, says Winter Wellness Specialist Diane Burroughs from we feed our pets nutrient-rich foods and give them lots of opportunities to exercise and even go outside during nice weather to get much-needed sunshine, they're more likely to survive through cold winters. 

    8) Monitor Their Health

    During the winter, it's important to make sure your feathered friends are staying healthy and warm. One way to ensure your bird's winter wellness is to do regular visual spot checks each day and weigh them at least once a week. During these spot checks, look for any signs of illness or distress such as weight loss, lethargy, or change in droppings. If you notice any of these signs, take your bird to a vet as soon as possible. 

    Another way to monitor their health is to weigh your bird each week like clockwork. One of the first signs that your delicate pet is sick is weight loss. Since birds are lightweight, it is hard to detect weight loss without the help of a gram scale. Purchase a gram scale and set a regular time to weigh your bird each week, say, Sunday morning before the first meal of the day. Keep a log and if you notice unexplained weight loss of 10% of its body weight, take it in for a good checkup. 

    Additionally, check the temperature around the bird's cage and ensure it is within their preferred range, and that they have adequate access to food and water.  

    Birds instinctually hide illness and injuries but following this plan can be a life-saver!  

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