My Biscuits Are Burnin’!

Written By: B.D. Butler - Aug• 06•12

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Summer time, comes in bursts, at least in the Pacific Northwest.  The weather is unpredictable, and like a box of chocolates, you never know just what you are going to get.  Most of the homes here are older, and they don’t come equipped with any sort of air conditioning.  So unless you live in a newer home, or an apartment/condo complex, you are pretty much, excuse my language “screwed”.

Thankfully, we have a small air conditioning unit, that manages to help in out little house, but on days like today, there just is not a lot that seems to help, so it turns into the “Cutest Little Sweat-Box on 34th ave”.

Now, I know some of you are reading this, and thinking, “really?  “That is not that hot.”, or “You should be enjoying it”, and I do enjoy the heat, when I am acclimated to it.  You see two days ago we were at out 73 degrees, and when the temp jumps up that much so rapidly, it causes problems.  Causes problems with people and it causes problems with animals.  Knowing this when I got Dex, I started doing some research, and checking into some first aid for birds.

Most people think that birds are automatically tropical, and love heat.  That is not true, my birds were born in Washington State, not Cameroon, and have no idea what the weather is like there. They are acclimated to the weather here.   In fact, depending on the area, some birds like more humidity, and some don’t like much at all.  It all depends on your species.

According to Dr. Greg Burkett, the ideal temperature for domesticated species of birds is 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit.  He also said that if you bird has access to moving air (like a fan, air purifier etc.) they can usually handle a little bit higher heat.  The circulating air basically allows for your bird’s temperature to stay cool, similar to that nice breeze in the desert.  You may be basking in the sun, but that breeze definitely helps, doesn’t it?

The key to temperature change is “gradual acclimation”, which means that your birds environmental temperature should not change more than 10-15 degrees per hour.   I like to put my birds out in the early afternoon here, because our peak high temps begin to hit about 6pm, and last until 9:30 when the sun starts to go down.

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You may see your bird outside, in  something similar to this stance, don’t panic.  If they are trying to cool off, they will puff up, thus letting fresh air under their feathers and allowing their air sacs to expand.  If this is occurring and you see your bird panting, its time to go inside.  You can mist your bird with room temperature water to cool down its core.  The key with cooling down, is the same with warming, you want to go slow.  You can also let your bird step into a shallow container of water.  Now pay attention…THIS IS IMPORTANT.  If you suspect that your bird has had any sort of heat stroke, grab your bird, and get to a vet!  There are so many complications that can happen with heat, and you don’t want to risk permanent injury, or even death.

When I got my first car, my mom put together “the box”.  This was a cardboard box that was in the back of the car with the emergency essentials, including Fix-A-Flat, coolant, windshield fluid, oil,flares, miscellaneous tools and an air pump that could be put into your cigarette lighter.  I cannot even tell you, with that box, how many times something was used over the years, and in the spirit of being prepared I decided to put together “the box” for our birds. This  goes with us anywhere the birds go if they are leaving the house.  You never know what could happen, and you just don’t want to be out somewhere and not have something that you will need so urgently.

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. mike says:

    nice blog. your website looks great. keep up the good work.

  2. […] the species, and it’s not publicly known that birds are very resilient.  I did an article on cooling your bird down and temperatures, and birds can go to extreme temps in both directions. Click here for Snow […]

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