When the days start getting shorter and the leaves start changing color, you know that fall is right around the corner.
As a pet owner (especially of the feathered variety 😉 this means you need to make sure you are prepared to take care of your pet as the temperatures start dropping.
Many first-time parrot owners wonder what (if any) steps should be taken in order to prepare their feathered companions for this seasonal transition.
Think you can get by without doing things differently? Think again...
Since a parrot's natural habitat is in a tropical climate, it is important to simulate tropical temperatures as much as possible.
Parrots are very delicate creatures that are susceptible to small changes in their environment. The transition from warm, long summer days to cool, short fall/winter days can take a large toll on any parrot in several ways.
Bird owners should take a proactive approach to prepare their companions for this drastic change. In doing so there is less risk of disease, illness, and other adverse health reactions from the seasonal transition.
Preparing Your Parrot For Cooler Temperatures
Some parrots, particularly the young and small species, aren't suitable for the cold weather; therefore, the fall months can create an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous scenario for them.
It's important to note that temperatures can vary drastically from summer to fall. Additionally, parrots living in homes farther north may see winter-like temperatures long before the actual winter season hits.
You might ask yourself now, how can I keep my parrot warm during the Fall and Winter season? The general idea is to keep your home's temperature regulated at a temperature ofat least 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
A working home central heating system will prove invaluable in keeping your parrot warm. If you don't have central heating, safely set up space heaters around the room to provide warmth for you and your bird.
One irreplaceable accessory that every bird will benefit from is a durable cage cover to insulate their cage and keep them warm - particularly during the night when temperatures are at their lowest.
Besides keeping parrots warm, a cage cover is also beneficial when transporting your bird and making sure they get a great night's sleep free of distractions.
Preparing Your Parrot For Dietary Changes
You may notice your parrot eating less during the Fall and Winter seasons. Don't freak out! This is completely normal for certain species. Some birds and parrots instinctively eat less and are less active during this time of year.
If you notice your parrot isn't eating as much as it normally does, adjust their food servings accordingly so you aren't wasting food.
Of course, your parrot should still be eating at least one small bowl of pellet and/or seed mix per day. This is essential to sustain a parrots' health and development. If your parrot stops eating altogether, take him/her to the avian veterinarian immediately, as this could be a sign of a more serious underlying problem.
Bring on the Blizzard!
If you follow these simple steps you should be able to easily adjust your parrot to the upcoming Fall/Winter seasons without any trouble at all!
Keep your bird warm, cozy, and well-fed and you won't have any problems transitioning to the cooler temperatures.
The easiest change you can make is to get your parrot a nice, warm Cozzzy cage cover to keep them company each night 🙂
Good luck and let us know if you have any questions about keeping your parrot warm!