Jump to content

Cooling cage pets safely
help i'm a moron


  • Please log in to reply
11 replies to this topic

#1 la di dah

Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:19 PM

Aside from an ice cube in the water bowl and a wet dishtowel on the cage, what can I safely do to keep budgies that are not hand tame at all cool? It is in shade.

I do not want to put them in front of A/C, I've been told that can hurt them, and anyway our air conditioner is puny and underpowered and they hate the cage being moved. A wet dishtowel on the cage is safe though, surely? I mean when its this hot.

It is 46 degrees. I've been told they always need a dry place but....?

I don't want them to die.

#2 Bluenomi

Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:21 PM

Bring them inside. Don't put them in front of the air con but put them in a cool room. Poor things will be cooking outside!

#3 MintyBiscuit

Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:22 PM

Do you have a little spray bottle? When we've had budgies we've always just given them a little spritz when they looked hot (they'd spread their wings out a bit)

ETA - didn't realise they were outside. Bring them inside for sure, maybe in the bathroom or laundry if those rooms are a bit cooler?

Edited by HollyOllyOxenfree, 18 January 2013 - 02:23 PM.


#4 la di dah

Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:24 PM

QUOTE (Bluenomi @ 18/01/2013, 03:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bring them inside. Don't put them in front of the air con but put them in a cool room. Poor things will be cooking outside!

I don't have a cool room inside. I haven't got the air on.  And I have two cats. If I shut them away from the cats it will rapidly become a very hot stuffy room, unless its in front of the air, because the only cooling effect is air moving around the open unit and a fan.

#5 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:26 PM

Make sure they have a bowl/dish of water they can splash in, and keep the water up on the wet tea towel.

Pop them into a bathroom or other 'cool' room, that is not in the line of sun. My dogs are playing in the sprinker - it there was a way to get some dripping water through their cage, that might also be fun for them.

Other than that, not much you can do.

#6 Just Another Cat

Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:30 PM

Can you put a shallow dish in the cage that they could use as a bird bath?

Edited by GrumpyTurtle, 18 January 2013 - 02:33 PM.


#7 la di dah

Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:31 PM

They (the birds) are now incarcerated in the bathroom, which is not brilliant but is cooler than outside. The cats are everywhere but the bathroom.

#8 MintyBiscuit

Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:10 PM

If you put them either in the bath if you have one or in the shower it should be even cooler for them than if they're up on a stand or something. This heat really is ridiculous

#9 la di dah

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:02 PM

They are in the bathtub. (it's one bath/shower thing)

One cat is leaving the bathroom alone and the other is holding a solemn vigil and being very intent. The birds look better in the meantime though.

For the record I was not sitting drinking margaritas watching the birds pre-heat, I haven't got the a/c on either. and they were paddling around in their water. But I do think they are doing better inside at least for the moment. I left some water outside for wild birds just in case though because without that it would be super-bad.

#10 Propaganda

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:18 PM

Will it frighten them terribly if you spray them (gently, a very fine spray) with a spray-bottle? Are you able to put a shallow-but-length container in the bottom of their cage temporarily for them to bathe in?

We have several birds, and while most of them know how to bathe properly, one refuses to dip any more than a single foot (the same foot each time) into her water dish. Birds generally require bathing, especially in the heat, so we just spray her with a fine mist of water. They should fluff up a little if they're enjoying it, to help the water get to their skin, rather than just sitting on the outside of their feathers. They might also spread their wings and fan their tail a little to show they're enjoying it.

I'd also offer them some fresh fruit if you're not already. A good way to help them keep hydrated and energised in the heat.

#11 la di dah

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

They eat thawed-from-frozen spinach, which is quite wet. I've given them that. They aren't used to much fruit. I just got them a little while ago and they are quite middle-aged and used to a seed-only diet so spinach and grass was a big step forward.

I sprayed them and they fluttered around to get away with it. They have been sitting in their water bowl though, and I've been changing it so its clean. I haven't found a longer bowl that will fit through the stupid narrow doors and I'm afraid they'll drown in a glass, so I've just been letting them camp in their water bowl.

I was going to give them a bit of cauliflower tonight, that is safe right?

I gave them FROZEN veggies the other day to see if they'd like the cold but they did not appreciate that at all and I am a beast. They have never bitten me, but they do cuss me. original.gif

#12 ritten

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

Not birds, but we used to feed our pet rats frozen fruit (grapes, berries, sliced banana etc..) and spray them with water mist when it was hot as they can die in the warmer temps.  

We also used to put a shallow tray of water in cage with stones and frozen peas in it, to encourage them to get wet - they went pea fishing original.gif

We would put ice packs wrapped in old socks etc in cage too to help cool air temp for them - used water bottles etc.. and put damp towels/sheets on top of cage also.

Had other room cooling ideas too, but if you have aircon, they wouldn't be needed as if gets too hot inside, you can just put the aircon on!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

The myths and truths of gender swaying

Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

'I tried to kill my baby': one mum's story

After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

I feel that almost every day, someone in my life - be they a friend, family member or complete stranger - feels the need to excuse my behaviour as I have other things on my mind.

Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

Co-sleeping or no-sleeping? Mum videos worst nap ever

One mother's futile attempt to sleep in caught on camera in a hilarious - and very cute - video.

Why children misbehave during the festive season

While we all like to imagine the holiday season as being a fun, loving and bonding experience; often our reality is quiet different.

I was fat-shamed by my doctor

The fear of being weighed is the most significant factor in women cancelling medical appointments - and now weight-shaming has happened to me.

End of an era: no more childcare

As we reach the end of 2014, we're closing the book on many things for another year, most notably childcare. Our last child has attended childcare for the very last time.

The 7-year itch is more like the 10-year itch: study

Contrary to popular belief, making it past the seven-year mark doesn't mean your marriage will be smooth sailing from there on.

Stop telling us that parenting gets harder

I’m sure that parenting will get harder. But life isn’t exactly smooth sailing for many of us right now, either.

Should children be forced to sit on Santa's lap?

We teach kids it’s okay to say no if they don’t feel safe, so why do some parents force their children to climb in to Santa's lap?

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Baby born weighing almost 14 pounds

Yes, the bouncing baby girl was born by caesarean section. And mum says no more kids.

The dummy debate

I'm the first to admit that when I used to see tiny babies with dummies in their mouths, I thought "Hmm, lazy parenting." And now I apologise.

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

'I thought I was an only child'

Imagine meeting your double at a school sports event, or regularly being mistaken for someone you haven't met. Separated twins Margaret and Joy tell their story.

Mums reveal their nappy bag essentials

Ever wondered what other mums carry in their nappy bags? We have, so we asked mums to tell us their must-have nappy bag items.

Toddler died because he wasn't given antibiotics soon enough

A 15-month-old boy would almost certainly be alive today if doctors had given him antibiotics sooner, a coroner has ruled.

VIDEO: moment a toddler falls on to train tracks in Melbourne

Shocking footage has emerged capturing the moment a pram carrying a toddler rolled off a platform and onto train tracks in suburban Melbourne.

Sold on natural birth? Read the fine print

In the excitement and anticipation of a first pregnancy, I ignored the fine print: some women, some of the time.

Child with alcoholic mum who drank while pregnant won't win pay-out

A young child is not entitled to criminal injuries compensation after her mother drank excessively while pregnant.

Superbugs killing India's babies, posing wider threat

A deadly epidemic that could have global implications is quietly sweeping India, tens of thousands of newborns dying because antibiotics no longer work.

Can you teach a toddler to sleep in?

Parents share their tips on getting their early risers to sleep in, even for just a little bit longer.

Keeping your relationship on track as new parents

About 70 per cent of couples experience a slump in their relationship within three years of having a baby. Here's how we tried to get back on track.

America's favourite baby names of 2014

Americans are turning to television, Netflix and sports for ideas for what to name their wee ones.

Carers admit to force-feeding children

As Sydney grieves the loss of Sydney siege victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, reports have suggested that both died as heroes.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.