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Default Please help! Can my parakeets live outside?

My hubby is having lung problems and the dr. advised to get rid of our birds. We have 2 parakeets.

I don't want them to leave. Is it possible for them to live outside? We have cats but I can build a predator proof cage to put their cage into to make it safe.

We live in MS and temps range from 32ish (sometimes) - 100F

If I had a heat lamp and plastic up during the winter would they be warm enough? I can make this work can't I?

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I'm sorry you have to get rid of them
I think it could work if it's not cold.. Do you mean like an outside aviary?
32ish is that in F or C ? if it's in F then i think it's too cold for them.. I'm not sure though, hopefully someone with an outside aviary will be able to help you out
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An aviary of sorts. Just something to keep them safe in their current cage.

I have brooded chickens and ducks and would try to use a light for heat for themm during the winter.
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I think someone who does have their birds outside should be able to help you out with this. I think it should be possible though, with the right equipment.
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I'll let someone with an outdoor aviary help you with that... just wanted to see if you've looked into buying an air purifier?

I got a holmes "hepa-type" air purifier for about $70 and replaced the filters with hepa filter cartridges. It sucks up all my African Grey's feather dust.

Perhaps it would help enough that they didn't even need to be moved outside?

If you look for one, be sure that if it has an ionizer you are able to turn it off.
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My budgies are in an outside aviary and they cope quite well. My temperatures are similar to yours. At the moment we are in winter and the temperature is getting below 0 C (which from memory is 32F) last year we had down to -5 C and in summer it often gets to 40 C plus, which is around the old 100F. Some years it has gotten to over 50 C. The heat is more of a worry than the cold with them. My birds don't have heat lamps in the winter.

You need to get them to acclimatise to the temperature changes. Being winter here I would not put any of my inside birds outside until the temperature warms up around the middle of September when it is spring and the latest I would put them outside is around March which is the beginning of our Autumn (Fall). This gives them time for them to gradually get used to the temperature dropping. In the summer you need to provide them with an area that is shaded and that can be kept cool. In the winter somewhere that they can take advantage of early sunlight so they can warm up.

In the wild in Australia the temperatures where they live would drop below zero in the winter and in the high 40's in the summer so they can acclimatise to the changes.

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I'll let someone with an outdoor aviary help you with that... just wanted to see if you've looked into buying an air purifier?

I got a holmes "hepa-type" air purifier for about $70 and replaced the filters with hepa filter cartridges. It sucks up all my African Grey's feather dust.

Perhaps it would help enough that they didn't even need to be moved outside?

If you look for one, be sure that if it has an ionizer you are able to turn it off.
I had health issues and as soon as I got a hepa filter it is fine.
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Do budgies and all other birds have dust? I have often been curious of this as I have baby son.
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Do budgies and all other birds have dust? I have often been curious of this as I have baby son.
feather dust? yes
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so no good for people with asthma and sensitive lungs also a danger of fanciers lung
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