Summer has finished shockingly early this year. Nights are getting really cool, in fact last night we were cold
My two other budgies I had in New Zealand where a thicker cover was all that was needed for winter.
Now I'm in the mountains of Japan and it gets pretty cold in winter. Usually it snows but last year was freakishly mild (global warming!?). Since it's turning cold here so early I'm worried it's going to be a super cold winter.
Those of you in cold climates how do you keep your little ones warm? While I'm at home it should be no problem but I'm worried about when I'll be out of the house or at night (while sleeping) when we usually don't keep the heat on (a/c). I've seen heaters for cages, do you use them?
I live in Canada but last winter went by with no problems without me having to do anything special. I do have the heat on in my room though, but I think as long as the temperature lowers gradually, the budgie will get use to it. Make sure not to place the cage in way of any drafts though~
I use a heating lamp (ceramic -- it produces no light!) with a thermostat OR a small room heater next to the cage (but it can heat up the whole room) with a thermostat. I always keep it on low, even overnight, so the birds don't get cold even if the house does. It saves heating the whole house.
I find you are better off to have a room that is not heated. Unless you have central heating there should not be a problem. Make sure the room is not a bathroom, laundry or garage. Keep your birds in there and they should acclimatise to the cooler weather. A sun room is great as they will get warmth from the sun on the windows, just don't keep them right next to the glass as the radiant heat would be too much even in winter. The same goes for cooling. As I can't afford air conditioning and just have a couple of fans going the birds have no problem. With heating with the cost of electricity and at the moment I only have an electric heater to use and then not on all three bars my inside birds cope quite well. Mind you our temperatures here are probably not that bad but we have had a number of days this year that were officially -3 which means it was probably closer to -5 and believe me my house is not that much warmer than that inside. My outside birds tend to cope very well with the changes of weather as it happens gradually. We have had ranges from -8 in winter up to 50 plus in summer so it is a big range of temperature. They seem to cope ok in England even with snow the birds have outside flights but are locked into indoor flights when it cools down.
It does get a tad cold down here but not as cold as Japan or Canada.
Actually Pamela Anderson (who won't leave Australia) was on TV on thursday. She said "Like Oh my god, I can't believe you guys have a winter. I thought it was always hot in Australia". Yess Pammy, we do have a winter
Evee climatised to the winter. I didn't do anyhting at all (except for the blanket over cage at night)
I feel like I should get something as sometimes it's so cold you can see your own breath - inside the house.
Did a bit of browsing and found this - It's reasonably priced and attaches to the cage. It's ceramic.
I don't have to do anything special for the winter. Like most Canadian homes, and especially ones in the colder parts of the country, my building has central heating. It never goes below 20C inside, even when it is -20C outside. The feral felines love the baseboard heater that runs full length in the living room - it is quite common to see all three of them stretched out along it in a row. With regards to Midge, the main thing I have to watch out for is icy cold drafts if I open the balcony slider to get a breath of fresh air. I just make sure not to leave it open. She doesn't even appear to notice the change of seasons.
Because budgies are from Australia, I believe it's unreasonable to expect them to acclimate to cold like Pitchii was describing, and it not pose any threat of ill effects. You wouldn't make an Italian Greyhound or Chihuahua suffer the cold? Or an African snake to acclimate to temperate weather? Their body is designed for hot temperatures. Best to imitate ideal temperatures for any species, in my opinion, for ideal health support.