Cage heater

Wilsontheparrot21

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Hi I have an African grey called Wilson who’s 15 years old.I have been looking at cage warmers/heaters and infrared heat lamps as it’s starting to get colder in the night time now and want to get one ready for him.We have the heating on until we go to bed but I was looking for something to keep him warm until we put it back on in the morning.Does anyone have any suggestions on what the safest options are and where to buy i am based in wales uk Thanks Angela
 

dianaT

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Do you cover Wilsons cage overnight, if you do he may not need to have a heater as that should keep him comfy, an acutal heate rin or over the cage should not be needed at night. What have you done in the past winters.
 

Wilsontheparrot21

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Hi thanks for the reply.We have only had Wilson for six months as he was gifted to us by a relative as they didn’t have much time to give him plenty of attention which he needed and they were out a lot of the time most days so he was usually left on his own for long periods of time.He gets plenty of attention now as he’s in same room as rest of house hold and someone is in the room with him.I have thought about a a cover but don’t think he has ever had a cover over his cage and I am little unsure if he would like it as he likes people paying him attention.
 

dianaT

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To be honest I doubt an overnight heater is required if he's in the room where you all are and you have heat on anyway during the winter but obviously rarely overnight. Perhaps at bedtime you could try folding a sheet or old curtain and covering 3/4 of the cage so he can still see out. All mine are 3/4 covered and always have been.
 

Michael Reynolds

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I would not use a heater with a grey that is indoors, make sure he/she is away from drafts and not too close to heaters or fires. Greys are quite hardy to cold temperatures, in outside aviary's they should be provided with a place that can be kept dry and free from frost and drafts non hardy birds should have a heater
 

DizzyBlue

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Unless Wilson is a plucker and bare to the chest or you're house is getting into the minus figures your bird does not need a heater if living indoors.
Michael and Diana are quite correct about the birds hardy character.
Under those exterior grey feathers is a fabulous under down of fluffy feathers that can trap heat. Birds have awesome inbuilt duvets.
 

Zooamazons

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Completely agree there is no need for heaters indoors and very few species of parrot kept in aviaries require them either.
 
No need for a heater. Just ensure he's not in a draft and put a cover over his cage at night. It's surprising how toasty warm their feathers keep them, and overheating is dangerous for them.
 

Roz

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Agree with everyone else, plus the more heat the drier the skin which is why bathing/misting through the winter months can be helpful - make sure the bird and any perches are thoroughly dry before bedtime.
 
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