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
> 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. ;)