Tropical birds, including parrots, have bodies that are designed to thrive in temperate, humid conditions, with nominal light variations like the conditions found in a rainforest. The temperate rainforest climate might vary 15 degrees and provides fairly stable levels of humidity. Closer to the equator, the light cycles vary much less than we experience. When our skin is dry, we can crank up the humidifier, bathe in bath oils, slather on lotion, and drink more water, but captive parrots have no choice but to scratch, itch, dehydrate and suffer breathing difficulties. All of these issues result in a compromised immune system and leave your bird vulnerable to illness.
Captive parrots living in the U.S., UK, Europe and even portions of Oceania experience significantly more dramatic temperature changes, levels of humidity and seasonal light changes than their wild cousins. In order to remain healthy, we must help our pet birds compensate for extreme climates by planning how to manage variable temperatures, humidity and light. We must provide our pet birds with a stable habitat. Winter cold is a major source of physical stress to our parrots. Our parrots need us to provide stable, warmer temperatures, bathing despite the cooler temperatures, increased levels of humidity, and regulated lighting from full-spectrum bird lights. With that in mind, some of the most useful bird supplies you can purchase to help your parrot weather the winter includes the following bird supplies:
- Bird Bed:Provide your pet bird with a bird bed that it can cozy up in. A bird bed is for pet birds like a blanket is for us. Bird beds trap body heat in a confined space that is somewhat like a bird nest. Placed near the high in the cage and near bird cage bars for easy access, your bird will be able to tolerate
- Heated Bird Perch: A heated bird perch, like the Thermo-Perch Bird Perch, provides birds with a stable source of soothing heat that passes to your bird’s body through its feet, where it loses most of its body heat. Keep your bird’s favorite perches in the cage too, but put the Thermo-perch in the bird cage in the winter months or when your bird is ill.
- Full Spectrum Bird Lights: Full Spectrum lighting is essential for bird health. Full spectrum lights replicate natural sun light, and as you know, native parrots get plenty of sunshine. Full spectrum lights allow parrots to enjoy the benefits of “sunshine” even in cold, dreary winter climates. There are lots of lights that proclaim to simulate natural sunshine, but do they simulate the lighting found near the equator? Purchase full spectrum bird lights that are recommended for parrots such as Featherbrite Bird Lights.
- Bird Friendly Bird Baths Spraysthat rinse off bird dander and restore essential skin softening oils for skin and feather health are an essential part of winter bird care. Birds with itchy skin may resort to feather plucking to cope with the irritation. A little known bird bath spray from Natra Pet contains both Alovera and natural bird preening oils to not only sooth itchy, dry skin, but condition feathers and rinse away dust and dander. Your parrot will feel so much more comfortable with the soothing effects of Alovera and the skin softening of natural preening oils. You know how uncomfortable you feel when your skin is dry. It makes you feel cold and itchy. Natra Pet Bird Bath and Alovera help soothe itchy skin, promote healthy preening and reduce dander.
- Humidifier: Just like us humans need to add moisture in the air, our birds thrive with moist skin, nostril’s, and eye tissues. When our skin is dry, not only are we uncomfortable, but, we are vulnerable to illness. Saturated skin is designed to withstand minor bumps and bruises and keep toxins out. It stretches and flexes, whether it is our nostrils, eyes or body skin.