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

 

Tell us what you think

to WIN 1 of 2 $500 Coles/Myer gift cards

Dealing with a toddler's morning tantrums

Your schedule is not important to your two-year-old, and you cannot convince her otherwise. So what can you do?

Child in suitcase 'could have died eight years ago'

A child whose remains were dumped in a suitcase in the South Australian bush is believed to have been a girl aged between two-and-a-half to four.

MP breastfeeds baby during parliamentary session

An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.

My baby's first seizure

It was 1am on a cold winter's night when I woke suddenly to the screams of my 12-month-old son. Our lives were about to change forever.

Portable pools 'more dangerous than permanent ones'

Inflatable and portable children's pools may be required to be sold with compulsory fencing to prevent backyard drownings, with some experts even floating the idea of a ban.

Heartbreaking moment mum kisses her one-week-old goodbye

At 11.07am on April 2 this year, Sarah Marriott welcomed baby Sebastian into the world.

The amazing Tee Pee bed and kid-friendly Frankie Bunk bed

These kids' beds definitely fit the brief of providing personality and personal space for little people who are moving up in the world.

The funny things kids say when you're pregnant

Since becoming noticeably pregnant, my son has taken more of an interest in the sibling he'll soon have.

The real problem with having one child

In this age of political correctness, it seems the one subject still subject to discrimination is that of the Only Child.

Six-week-old baby found dead, believed stabbed

A neighbour heard a child screaming before a baby was found dead, believed to have been stabbed, in a house in Newcastle.

The fire hazard in more than 70,000 Australian homes

So far, 206 Samsung washing machines have caught fire and some have exploded. But many remain in people's homes.

How having a baby can bring on OCD

We all know that having a baby can turn your life upside down - and it can also bring a raft of new anxieties and worries.

IVF gender selection being considered for Australian parents

Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.

The best age to get married (according to the latest study)

Not too young, and not too old. That's reportedly the best age to get married. Not everyone agrees.

Yes, you can get pregnant before your period returns post-baby

After giving birth, the last thing you want to think about is contraception. But you can get pregnant before your period comes back.

Fellow diner rewards mum after toddler's tantrum

Parents of toddlers everywhere know the feeling. After working up the courage to take your child out for lunch or dinner in public you are rewarded with a mid-meal meltdown. 

IKEA begins massive safety campaign after two toddler deaths

Two children were killed when pieces from their Malm furniture line tipped over.

Beaneasy: sweet nursery furniture with a twist

If you're looking to introduce an organic element into your baby's nursery but want to step away from natural timber, we have the perfect alternative.

A dad's guide to hyperemesis

I am in no way qualified to advise women on how to cope with hyperemesis, but I've learnt some lessons that might be worth sharing with other partners.

Woman adopts best friend's four daughters after cancer tragedy

Best friends share everything - and for these two life-long friends, that includes family.

Baby Leo's mum excluded from $500K trust 'for her own protection'

Samuel Forrest didn't want his wife as a trustee of their baby Leo's half million dollar trust for her own "protection", it has emerged.

Confirmed: men gain weight when they become dads

Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study

Carer investigated over washing machine photo posted 'for a laugh'

She said the photo of a boy with Down syndrome in a washing machine was taken just for fun, but no one else was laughing.

Mum's premature labour nightmare after high tea salmonella outbreak

An opulent high tea at a luxury Melbourne hotel has left 44 people with salmonella poisoning - including a pregnant woman, who went into early labour.

The day my son started a fire

Would you know what to do in a fire emergency? How safe is your home and family?

Prince George celebrates second birthday

Prince George's second birthday has been marked by the release of an official picture showing the toddler smiling as he is held by his proud beaming father.

Which beauty treatments are safe in pregnancy?

Is it safe to use fake tan, hair dye and nail varnish during pregnancy?

The five ways I know my 'baby' is no longer a baby

The truth is, I can no longer deny that my walking, babbling, somewhat-independent little miss is no longer a bona fide 'baby'.

Review: Cybex Platinum PRIAM pram

I'm not usually one who believes in love at first sight but that's exactly what happened when I first saw the Cybex PRIAM.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Tell us what you think

to WIN 1 of 2 $500 Coles/Myer gift cards

Why I'm choosing to be a single mother right from the start

I believe that you get out of families what you put into them, and I will give mine my all.

Mother and baby units are a necessity for mental health, not a luxury

I have had two postnatal psychotic episodes. The first when my eldest child was six weeks old, and another after my second child was born.

30 French baby names

French names are always in fashion, but a few have risen in popularity in recent years.

New mum's Spanish maternity nightmare

A British woman who gave birth in Spain has told of her ordeal after spending weeks trying to convince medics the baby girl was hers.

Preparing Rover to be a good dog with baby

Some friends of ours say that it's dangerous to have a dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it?

Company offers to ship working mums' breast milk home

First Apple and Facebook announced they would pay $20,000 towards the cost of their female employees freezing their eggs, now IBM in the US has come up with an innovative new policy aimed at retaining female employees.

Prince William speaks of his pride at wife Kate and 'little joy of heaven' Charlotte

The Duke of Cambridge opened up about family life and his plans for the future in an interview to mark his first day as an air ambulance pilot.

'Glowing' eye saves baby Mason's life

A simple photo taken in front of an evening fire gave new mother Sarah Bowers the power to save her baby's life. 

Parenting and decision overload

Of all the advice people told me before having a baby, no one warned me about the amount of decisions involved.

Proof that toddlers can't be left unsupervised - ever

Parents of toddlers all know the moment when realise your child is being suspiciously quiet. It can only mean one thing - trouble!

Meet Jeremy Ryan, The Voice contestant with seven kids

If you have trouble recalling the ages of Jeremy Ryan's seven children on The Voice, you're not alone. So does he.

Baby's adorable reaction to wearing glasses for the first time

Getting glasses can be a formative moment in a person's life.

Police officer buys supplies for family after mum of six caught shoplifting

When a mum of six was caught shoplifting nappies, clothes and shoes for her kids, the last thing she expected was for a stranger to pay for her haul.

Why pregnant women on antidepressants shouldn’t panic about birth defect claims

The risk of having uncontrolled depression is far greater than the small increased risk of birth defects that may be associated with specific antidepressants.

Arrests made over children's birthday party brawl

Police have raided properties and arrested a number of people over a brawl at a child's birthday party at a play centre in Sydney's west.

Family shares awesome drone baby announcement

Looking for a creative way to share some big news? Look to the skies, like this family did.

Young warrior Owen defies doctors' predictions

Little Owen DiCandilo's name means "young warrior", and it's a description that perfectly fits the inspiring 18-month-old

Advice for dads: when to approach your wife for sex

The exhaustion that comes with caring for young children often means romance between parents becomes a thing of the past.

I might be fat, but I don't need saving

I've been fat for pretty much most of life, besides a few crazy moments of being less-fat, but for the most part I've existed on this earth with a little more meat on my bones than desirable.

The rookie mistakes we make as parents

Since the dawn of civilisation, generation after generation of new parents have had to rely on instinct, trial and error - and sometimes get it wrong.

 

FREE TICKET

See Pinky McKay live in Sydney

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
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.