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Old 04-06-2011, 11:23 AM
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Ideal temperature

Hello all. I'll be getting my first conure, a baby cinnamon green cheek, late next month.

Despite buying a mountain of books on conures, I surprisingly can't find any information about the ideal temperature and humidity conures should be kept at. Does anybody have any suggestions? Thanks!
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Re: Ideal temperature

Oh I bet you are excited!! In my research I have found that most parrots can stand temp. as low as 65F. but there was no ceiling on the how high so I guess it would be if you are comfortable so is your bird. If your bird is still on feedings the temp. should be on the warmer side. Have you seen the bird yet?
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:50 AM
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Re: Ideal temperature

Congratulations!!! Please post some pics Someone told me that if I have to put a thick jersey on then the room is too cold for them. No direct drafts and placing them in front of an open window. I also got very confused and frustrated with the topic of tempreture but then I decided I would never be able to keep my flat ventilated without some form of draught somewhere so I got her a snuggle tent so that she had somewhere to go if she felt cold. A conure is alot bigger but if your worried you could cover a corner of the cage so that he/she could get away from any draughts or being cold. Hope this helps a bit. Parrots also adapt to their environments and the biggest thing you must worry about is direct draught. Antoinette gave me great advise with using a block of toilet paper and holding the two corners to see if it blows up or moves. If it did you would know there was a draught. I also use my hand to see if I can feel anything.

I must be honest in saying that I open my kitchen door and there is a direct draught through the kitchen to where Rosie is. I only open it if its hot enough to not wear a jersey. If she feels cold she climbs into her tent and I know to close the door. Keeping the tempreture gradual or constant is the key for me - I never use heaters because of the risk to her health but being in South Africa I can get away with it.
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Re: Ideal temperature

Thanks! I am super excited. The breeder has sent me a few pictures but I haven't seen the bird in person yet. They were born in February so they're still scraggy little fluff balls :]

Will a conure show visible/audible signs of being uncomfortably hot or cold?

I've also read a lot about people taking their birds outside for walks, and I'm really hoping that I'll be able to bring my bird outdoors, but I'm concerned about things like too much sunlight and humidity in the summer or breezy/chilly days in the spring and fall.

Does anybody have any suggestions for insulated carriers for when the bird needs to make trips to the vet?

I appreciate the responses - thanks guys!
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:19 PM
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Re: Ideal temperature

I keep my house at 70 degrees all year long. The lady I got my macaw from kept saying you must keep the house above 80. I ignored her as I've always acclimated my birds at 70. Just don't go from extreme from one to the other cause that can shock them...when its cold outside I bring blankets with me along no matter if its cold or hot. Better to prepare...humidity seems to make my birds pant when they go outside in the heat because they're not used to it.... ill be taking my macaw to the vet tomorrow and temp is gonna be in the 70's....
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By the way if he's cold, he will puff up. He will be shaking as well...when he's hot, you will see him pant and his wings open and hung down a bit. Hard for me to explain properly...
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Re: Ideal temperature

Quote: Originally Posted by echoskybound View Post
Thanks! I am super excited. The breeder has sent me a few pictures but I haven't seen the bird in person yet. They were born in February so they're still scraggy little fluff balls :]

Will a conure show visible/audible signs of being uncomfortably hot or cold?

I've also read a lot about people taking their birds outside for walks, and I'm really hoping that I'll be able to bring my bird outdoors, but I'm concerned about things like too much sunlight and humidity in the summer or breezy/chilly days in the spring and fall.

Does anybody have any suggestions for insulated carriers for when the bird needs to make trips to the vet?

I appreciate the responses - thanks guys!
I cant wait to see pics when you get your bird As MikeyNT said they puff up and arent active when they are cold and will become anxious when hot. The best way to get that your bird is comfortable is to gauge on yourself. If its uncomfortable for you to be outside then it will be uncomfortable for your bird as well. The icy breezes in early morning and late evening can give them a chill but you will be able to feel. I often take Rosie out in her cage to sit outside in her cage in the shade when its warm. The minute I feel its getting cold I bring back inside.
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Re: Ideal temperature

Congratulations on your new baby. Parrots do have a higher temp to us humans. The most important is to not have the bub in a constant draft. But as has been mentioned they fluff up when cold & that can also mean illness as well. So get to know your little guy & learn to read his body language it will tell you a lot.

Don't forget that most of the worlds parrots come from a tropical type climate so if you can kind of copy that in your own homes all should be fine.
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