Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Heat, and Plenty of It!

Is this summer hotter than past ones, or does it just seem like it?! Where are the snow-capped mountains when you need them?

As you know, the bird room is not air conditioned. In the same way the birds are acclimated to cooler temperatures, the same is needed for warmer temperatures. In many ways, it seems they more easily adapt to temperatures under the bird room norms than over.

A few changes are in order to ensure their comfort as the bird room averages the high 70's or low 80's during the day.
1) Keeping the sliding glass doors closed.
2) Keeping the curtains closed.
3) Frequent bathing opportunities.
4) Careful monitoring temperatures with a wall thermometer.

1) Keeping the sliding glass doors closed.
Of primary importance is keeping the sliding glass doors closed during the day. This might seem counter-intuitive. However, the sun beats down on the wooden deck and radiates off and right into the bird room if the sliding doors remain open. This will easily raise the room temperature ten degrees or more. After enjoying a "cool" night of temperatures in the 60's with plenty of fresh outdoor air, the first thing in the morning I close the sliding glass doors to keep the cool air in and the heat out.

2) Keeping the curtains closed.Closing the curtains during the day makes less of a difference, lowering the temperature only a degree or two, but it is something I will do on exceptionally hot days.3) Frequent bathing opportunities.Offering frequent bathing opportunities is much appreciate by the budgie-boys.Coco also enjoys her shower times whether in the fort or the bathtub!

Offering her a little spritz in the fort is great fun and always results in increased vocalizations!4) Careful monitoring temperatures with a wall thermometer.Whether winter or summer, it is equally important to monitor the temperature of the bird room with a wall thermometer. No need to guess - I must to know the exact temperature, gauge changes, and make advance preparations.

Air circulation is also provided.
I keep a box fan on the low setting angled away from the birds, to pull in cooler air from the hallway.

Of course, fresh water daily (for drinking and bathing) is a must. Placing an ice cube or two in the water is a cool treat in more ways than one! While the budgie-boys are non-to-impressed, Coco loves pushing them around with her beak! I make my ice cubes in the old fashioned trays with the same filtered water used for drinking.

By nature, my birds reduce both their food intake and activity level on hot days. The budgie-boys expend less energy flying and spend more time preening and singing to each other and their outdoor birdie friends.

What do the outdoor birds do during these hot times? We notice them reducing their activity level as well. The crows are out foraging for food in the early morning hours, and keep to the cool shade of the trees the remainder of the day. If your outdoor birdies do not have easy access to water (or even if they do), consider giving them an additional source of fresh water for drinking and bathing especially during these very hot dawg days of summer!


1 comment:

Arlene said...

Sounds like your guys have got it made-in-the-shade. :)
More hot days ahead too.

Great tips on taking care of the birds when it's hot.

Looks like Barney has no trouble adjusting to any kind of weather. That picture is the perfect "Do Not Disturb" sign.

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