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Re: NEW ENGLAND PARROTS

Posted by LaLa on 1/19/07
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    On 1/16/07, SANDI wrote:
    > CAN YOU TELL ME THE LOWEST HEALTHY TEMPS FOR TROPICAL
    > PARROTS DURING NEW ENGLAND WINTERS ? I HAVE A GREY CONGO,
    > YELLOW NAPE AND A COCKATIEL. I WORRY THAT THE HOUSE MAY
    NOT
    > BE WARM ENOUGH. I KEEP THE THERMOSTAT ON 70 BUT WOULD
    > PREFER 68 AND 66 DURING THE NIGHT. ALSO IF WE HAVE A POWER
    > FAILURE WHAT IS THE DANGER ZONE ?

    The temps you listed at night should be fine for your
    parrots, the biggest issue would be if their are any drafts
    in the area. Parrots can tolerate some change in temps just
    not huge fluctuations in temps...Personally if you choose to
    turn down the thermostat I prefer to have covers on the
    cages. (A big old sheet will do) For a cockatoo/macaw sized
    cage a queen/king, conure - twin size will do.

    We lost power here for three days in Jan of last yr with
    temps below zero - house stayed around 50 degrees, I simply
    covered the cages with lots of layers (keep any draft out)
    and to help kep their warmth in. (Not totally covered but
    the sides were...increase food amounts as birds eat more to
    keep warm) While not great it did work - I would be most
    concerned about any babaies/sick/stressed birds most.

    After the last big snow storm we put in a wood stove, we
    may not have power but we will be warm darn it. (And so will
    the birds)...if you do have a power failure and it is very
    cold they do open up shelters for people, normally a school.
    Keep a battery operated radio around and carriers in cage
    you have to leave...if nothing else they may not be thrilled
    but they will be warm. ;)