This is my first winter with a bird who feather plucks. Has anyone tried birdie sweaters? Do we do heat lamps? I don’t want Nico to get sick, or get hurt. He has started to shiver after his showers (he gets them daily).
I am going to be buying this for my ekkie. The bulb didn't work out. Do you know if birds can chew on this safely? I think my conure would love this, but she chews on everything.I have not had occasion to use one of these personally, but I've noticed a couple of others mention it lately, the K&H Snuggle Up Warmer for birds...
Some folks don't recommend the heated perch because of concerns that it may burn or irritate their bird's feet. The K&H panel attaches to the side of the cage and gives off radiant warmth that the bird can move away from if he wishes to.
Hope this helps you!
To be honest with you I really don't know, as I have not used one myself. I would imagine, however, that the panel itself would need to be pretty robust to stand up to those big beaks. It seems to me though that the only chewable bit is the cable, which would be on the outside of the cage when the panel is fixed to the inside, so you would need to be mindful of that if/when birdie is climbing around on the outside of the cage.I am going to be buying this for my ekkie. The bulb didn't work out. Do you know if birds can chew on this safely? I think my conure would love this, but she chews on everything.
I am very excited to get it in the mail. My conure loves snuggling, but she chews on everything. She chews for hours a day. I do worry about safety with her. I think she should have been a woodpecker lol. I’m sure my Ekkie will not like it to start he doesn’t like his cage messed with. He supervises me cleaning it! Thank you for letting me know how your parrots reacted that way I give it sometime before assuming that my parrots won’t accept it.I just recently got a couple of the K & H warmers since we're in the frozen northeast USA. I opened them and put them near the cages for about a week before invading the cages with them yesterday. Tucker is pretty outgoing and not bothered by it, but hasn't used it for warmth yet that I've seen. Baxter still thinks it's a bit evil, and tried to attack and chew it up for a few minutes while I was installing it. Made for an awkward installation lol! I'm happy she did that rather than be afraid of it and stay far away. At least she's explored it with her beak and tongue, and knows it's warm if she decides she needs it. I think it's pretty normal to take some time to accept it, like anything new. I'm happy with the bit of progress so far.
As far as chewing on it, it's pretty well done, tough and solid. Unless they're really determined, it shouldn't be an issue. I do think I'll invest in some PVC pipe to cover the wire though, just to be safe. Doesn't look like the small DC voltage should be a safety issue (I could be wrong on that, not positive), but more about having to fix/replace the adapter if they go after it when they're out and about.
My Ekkie always has cold feet. A heated perch is something I should consider. I'm wondering with his feather plucking if he doesn't heat himself as he should.In the beginning I got the heated the panel and its like a heading pad on low. Its completely metal so as long as gour bird can't get to it from the back it should be okay.. A space heater works better in my opinion because the panel doesn't give off too much heat. The heated perches are from the same company and the only problem I've come across is they stop working(I've used them for about 2 years now)- you have to check to make sure they are on. I'd assume this is the same with the panel.
Tractor supply also sells a heated panel for chickens that I use for my OWA and it gives off just the right amount of heat! She doesn't chew things she's not supposed to (and she has no access to the cord just incase one day she changes her mind).
I use the heated perch for all my birds and never run into any issues of over heating (not saying there isnt.) Two of my birds have feet issues- arthritis and injury and the perches help them. For my IRN she lost 80 % of her grip strength and function if her on foot/leg when I first got her. She now has regain most of it which her ACV didn't think was possible! I do contribute alot of that to the heated perch. I wrap the perches with vet wrap to give padding and grip. But they also have alot of perches to chose from if they decide not to use the heated perch or it gets too hot. None of my birds have any burns on their feet. I did alot of research before I got the heated perches and read about how birds heat themselves.
All heating components have the possibility of malfunctioning- off, full on and combustion. Combustion happened to me with dysons air purifier - luckily I woke up to the smoke. If there is a electronic component then it's not completely safe.
My Marley, a Citron Crested Cockatoo, has been a feather plucker and when he was younger, a severe chest mutilator. It broke my heart to see my happy go lucky boy go to sleep singing our lullabies, and wake up with the removal of his nighttime blakey, and have the beginnings of a plucked chest which was also bloodied. Marley had two of these episodes and each one were so severe, he required surgery to close his wounds.This is my first winter with a bird who feather plucks. Has anyone tried birdie sweaters? Do we do heat lamps? I don’t want Nico to get sick, or get hurt. He has started to shiver after his showers (he gets them daily).