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28th-Oct-2007 01:20 pm
angelic pretty ※ vanilla-chan
Does anyone recommend getting a space heater for their tiels during the colder months? Our house is pretty cold and it's only October! I don't want my little guy to freeze, but we also hate cranking up the heat super high. Thoughts? What's the ideal room temperature for a cockatiel?
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28th-Oct-2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
If you do, make sure it has no teflon in it... ceramic heaters tend not to have teflon in them, but they are more pricey.

They have heated perches for cages; I've heard good things about them from online friends who use them. We don't have them ourselves, though. In the winter, we're very frugal and let the house get down to 60 degrees before the heater will kick in, and our birds don't seem bothered by it.

I also have a blue-headed pionus, and the breeder I purchased him from keeps her birds outside in aviaries (with a roof and a few solid walls, but still somewhat open to the elements). She's in CA, sure, but at a higher elevation, and says it can get down to freezing on some nights, and the birds do just fine.
28th-Oct-2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
First things first -- what azurerose said, times eleventy; just the idea of Teflon in the house terrifies me.

That said, we've got an Avitech heater, and the kids just love it. Perfect for putting up on a wall behind a cage.
29th-Oct-2007 12:44 am (UTC)
My cockatiel is fine in my house at 65ºF with no additional heat source. At 60ºF I provide her with a heated perch which she sometimes chooses to use. Birds can tolerate colder temperatures than people think as long as there is no draft, the temperature doesn't change suddenly, and they have a good diet and enough of it. Unlike most parrots (hookbills), cockatiels and cockatoos are from the deserts of Australia, where it drops below freezing at night in the winter. If you're concerned, have your bird step up on your finger. If his/her feet are cold or s/he's sitting puffed up, you could stand to make it warmer for him/her. Also watch your bird - if s/he's shivering I'd say definitely make it warmer.

For space heating, I agree with others' recommendations to avoid Teflon (aka PFTE), however this information is rarely given on the packaging and is hard to obtain by phone. To reduce your birds' risk of exposure, get a low temperature heater - the two main styles of these are the oil-filled radiator, and ceramic. The lower operating temperature means that even if they do have Teflon/PFTE in them, they're less likely to outgas it, which could kill your bird and damage human lungs. In addition, they're less likely to start fires should you accidentally put them near any fabric or other flammable materials.
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