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Old 10-11-2019, 06:33 PM
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What's a good heater?

Winter is coming & I'm looking into providing some extra warmth for my Budgie. I already have a small heater that attaches to the bars on the cage, but he has to perch right next to it to get warm & I have yet to see him do it. Any advice on a bird-safe heater or lamp?
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Re: What's a good heater?

I recommend the sweeter heater. Is a radiant heat panel, hold your hand about six inches from it it really warm. So I use the smallest one and hang on a low corner of the cage on the side, a d don't cover the too if the cage or bird will get to hot.
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Re: What's a good heater?

Take a long hard look at improving or replacing your homes heating system. If your forced air system is more than 15 years old, a new technology system will greatly reduce your operating cost, even at a system temperature setting of 70 degrees F.

Spot heating systems are a double edge blade in that as you heat that spot, more cool /cold air comes in to replace the heated warm air your just created that naturally rises above and away from the unit. So, in place of heating a comfort zone for your Parrot, you are more likely creating a draft zone.

Have your energy company complete a home audit of your home. You maybe shocked at how much energy you are currently wasting on simple stuff.
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Re: What's a good heater?

What do you expect the room temperature to be in the winter?

I use the heater I think you're talking about and my bird's perch is like 1" from it and I think she gets added warmth from it. Been using it for almost 3 years.

K&H also makes a heated perch.

If it is a small area then I like the oil filled electric space heaters for a gentile, stable heat.
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Re: What's a good heater?

Temp in the winter is normally set at 68-70F. P.D. is kept in the living room, which is about 15' X 25' so it tends to be harder to heat. I guess I'm thinking if I'm chilly, he probably is too. Would prefer a free standing heat lamp to place outside the cage, as the cage is only about 18" sq. Thanks for all of your suggestions. Will definitely take them into consideration!
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Re: What's a good heater?

Jsaec, do a Google on budgie temps and see what you find, I did. I don't own budgies so I'm not going to comment on the temps but your house temps and lower seem to be fine for them.

I know for my small 200 gram Hawkhead her room get's down to 58-60 at night and she's healthy and comfortable. In the wild night temps tend to chill off.
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Re: What's a good heater?

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Temp in the winter is normally set at 68-70F. P.D. is kept in the living room, which is about 15' X 25' so it tends to be harder to heat. I guess I'm thinking if I'm chilly, he probably is too. Would prefer a free standing heat lamp to place outside the cage, as the cage is only about 18" sq. Thanks for all of your suggestions. Will definitely take them into consideration!
The problem with free standing heat lamp is that they are placed to close and resulting from overly bright bulb can result in blindness. If you chose to use a heat lamp, test it prior to placing it next to your Parrot.
TEST: Place the lamp the same distance from your face that you plan on using it. Turn it on as you are looking at it and then quickly off. If you see dark spots its to close. Keep moving it away until you find a point in which you no longer see dark spots, you have found the safe distance.

As stated above: "If it is a small area then I like the oil filled electric space heaters for a gentile, stable heat"

FYI: We have a newer home with that Open Concept living space. Its large at over 30' x 30' and our forced air system has little problem in maintaining a comfort temperature (70 degrees F) with in maintained 24/7 during the heating season.
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Thanks! I think I will start looking into the oil filled space heaters. Sounds like a safer & more gentle way of a keeping him comfy.
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