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#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!




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