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Old 12-22-2016, 03:14 PM
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Question Is my budgie cold? Or this this normal?

Hi everybody! Now that it's wintertime where I live, I have a question about my budgie:

When Ernie sits still for a while, if I watch closely, his wings tremble just a little bit. I also noticed his feet are just have a hint of purplish-blue. Is this normal or should I kick up the heat?

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It is important to keep your budgie warm. If you feel cold your budgie will also be feeling cold.
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Well, as of now I feel fine. Ernie is slightly less active than normal but still twittering happily.
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We usually keep the house temps at 68-69, it's been that way for quite some time and it seems that Ernie's fine with it. However, it is pretty cold outside.
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We usually keep the house temps at 68-69, it's been that way for quite some time and it seems that Ernie's fine with it. However, it is pretty cold outside.


I'd say he's cold. I have a $7 heating pad over my bird's cage, and it seems to help. Magnus seems to be lethargic and not as active when he's cold and he will tremble a bit. I say he's more comfortable about 4 degrees warmer than I like, usually.


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Should I try putting a heating pad underneath his cage? What can I do to make him warmer?
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Cover 3 sides of his cage with a blanket (make sure he can't chew on fibres though - I use a cotton bed sheet st the first layer and then a fleece blanket over that). And then cover his whole cage at night time (ensuring to leave room for air flow)
Also, make sure he is not right next to a window where draughts might be coming in.

However i would recommend having him checked over by an avian vet especially if your house is at a constant temperature.
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Every night we cover him completely up with a blanket. And yes, he is next to a window but we got brand new windows recently and I don't think there are drafts. Problem is, we don't have an avian vet anywhere near us......I'll try covering his cage on three sides, but sometimes he gets upset.
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Good news! I just covered him with his normal blanket and a fleece blanket, and he's doing much better now. He's happily chirping, although he seems slightly confused.
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I'm glad to hear Ernie is doing better.

If there are no Avian Vets near you, then you need to find a good Exotic Vet with experience in treating small birds in case there comes a time when Ernie becomes ill or injured.
Waiting until there is an emergency prior to doing the proper research is never a good idea.
Establish a good relationship with a vet for Ernie and ensure that individual also has the means to consult with an Avian Vet if necessary.

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