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Old 06-04-2013, 07:04 AM
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Keeping a bird warm, is this safe?

I am planning on buying this after work today for Morgan to keep him warm.

Heat Lamp » Zoo Med™ Nocturnal Infrared Heat Lamp | PetSmart

Is it safe to use?
Chicago weather is bat**** crazy and it is currently in the low 50s and supposed to remain like that for the next couple of weeks.
And of course my central heating is broken
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:24 AM
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Re: Keeping a bird warm, is this safe?

I think it might be a bit of "over kill". I realize your LCA is not a wild bird, but LCAs thrive in mountainous areas at about 5-6000 ft. Prolonged temps in the 50F range would be normal. Our pet birds become acclimated to our indoor temps and are less tolerant to extremes. But why "fix" something that not's broke? If your bird was suffering then YES, fix the situation. I'd be concerned with excessive heat, power cords near his cage, Disturbing sleep patterns, etc.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:32 AM
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Re: Keeping a bird warm, is this safe?

He has been fluffing up and shivering since the temps dropped giving me a reason to seek a way of heating him up
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:42 AM
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Re: Keeping a bird warm, is this safe?

Have you seen the heated perches? Is he out of the draft? I'm assuming this is at night? Do his feet feel cold when he steps up?
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:44 AM
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Re: Keeping a bird warm, is this safe?

It's cold all day, even colder at night. His cage is covered all day but he still fluffs and shivers and yes his feet feel cold
I've heard of the perches but I don't think he should wait so long for it to get here via mail
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:47 AM
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Re: Keeping a bird warm, is this safe?

You could also put a heating pad under his cage. Got a good sunny window? I'm just not a big fan of lights around my bird.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:55 AM
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Re: Keeping a bird warm, is this safe?

The light is an infrared so there would be no actual light emitted
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:58 AM
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Re: Keeping a bird warm, is this safe?

If I put a heating pad under his cage won't he poop on it?
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Re: Keeping a bird warm, is this safe?

I think Henpecked meant literally under the cage itself not in the cage. I would listen to the advice given from him. He has worked with amazons for years and years. I live in Ohio and it has been cool here as well. I grew up in Chicago and I know how nuts the weather is however birds can tolerate much colder temperatures than we think. I would just order the heated perch and in the mean time I would place the heating pad under the cage as the heat will rise and give some warmth. When you say you are covering the cage is it just part way covered for warmth?
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:05 PM
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Re: Keeping a bird warm, is this safe?

hey ingrehd, i see the temp are 70 to mid 50's , is he still shaking? I kinda worry the shaking might be due to poor health and not just the weather. What do you think?
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