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Re: Blue and Gold Macaw Indoor Temperature Question

Posted by Rick on 12/20/07
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    On 12/20/07, JK CASWELL wrote:
    > On 12/20/07, Rick wrote:
    >> On 12/19/07, Allen Foster wrote:
    >>> My roommate has a Blue and Gold Macaw and I have a
    >>> Quaker. The temperature in our house right now is 64
    >>> degrees or so. I know this is on the coldish side. We
    >>> have gas heat and our bill was pretty high last month and
    >>> our house is also quite spacious. Anyway, I know Quakers
    >>> are fine in temperature above 60 degrees or so. What is
    >>> the normal minimal indoor temperature for a Blue and Gold
    >>> Macaw. This is pretty important obviously enough. I also
    >>> want to know if you know of any suggestions to keeping his
    >>> cage warmer as my roommate went behind my back and got an
    >>> electric heater which is definately a fire hazard. Please
    >>> respond.
    >>
    >>
    >> Hi Allen,
    >>
    >> We also have 2 B&Gs, along with an M2, CAG and Green Cheek
    >> Conures.
    >>
    >> We keep our temperature around 70, but does sometime fall
    >> below to 68 on chillier nights. We are located in Illinois.
    >>
    >> What we have done was invest in an Electric Oil-Filled
    >> Portable Radiator Heater on rollers that can be situated in
    >> different areas of the room where needed. This works very
    >> well for us, and it seems to very efficient to use. It has 3
    >> temperature settings.
    >>
    >> Before investing in this type of heater, I did my homework
    >> and have seen on other sites that others are using this
    >> heater also and are very pleased with it.
    >>
    >> p.s. my dogs love it too.
    >>
    >> Take care, Rick
    >
    > I'd like to know the answer to this also. My house stays
    > around 65, during the day, as the propane is sooo high right
    > now. I also have 2 Macaw's. I purchased the thermo perches,
    > and the birds really seem content to sit on them, when it is
    > cooler, mind you, it took a few days to decide if it should be
    > in the cage or not. They don't appear to look cold, the
    > feathers aren't ruffled, and they don't shiver. They both act
    > the same whether it's 65 or 75. Definately something to
    ponder
    > though!
    >
    > Jenn


    Jenn,

    We also have propane and as this is our first year in the
    country, we are keeping tabs on the gas prices also. And our
    living room / bird room is at the far end of the house where the
    heat has to travel the most distance. The radiant heater works
    well and uses electric.......a plus.

    Our B&Gs sleep on their ceiling boings at night. What I did was
    to check the temperature at their sleeping level when it started
    cooling down and was quite surprised to see it was fairly warm
    up there. It was just the lower level of the room that was
    chilly at times, so therefore we got the heater.I am always
    aware of the temperature in our living room, as I have placed a
    small wall thermostat in the room to monitor. we try to not the
    temp. get below 68 and all the birds, even the little Green
    Cheeks seem content with this.

    I have read on other sites that birds do acclimate themselves to
    the temperatures changes just as dogs do. Birds develop a
    thicker down for insulation. I was just reading about feral
    birds, surprisingly macaws, greys and others that are living
    wild now in Mississippi. The individual had stated the nights do
    reach a low of 30 degrees and the birds seem to be doing fine as
    long as they have shelter at night. And then another Rescue in
    Washington State has outdoor aviaries for some of their
    Cockatoos, Macaws, etc. So I am to only assume that these birds
    do acclimate.......as Washington can get quite chillier than
    where I am located in Illinois. I have attached the link below.

    http://www.cockatoorescue.org/index_files/Page331.htm


    This is definitely a great topic and would also like to hear
    from others.

    Rick