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In summer, like us, budgies can get very hot. Here is some advise to keep your feathered friend nice and cool on hot days or in summer.

1. Birdbath/Spray Mist
This is probably the most easiest tip of all. Just get a sandwich container (if you don't have a bird bath already) and fill it with an inch or two of nice cool water. To keep it cooler for longer, it is a good idea to add an ice block/ice cube in the water, too. Or, if your budgie doesn't like bird baths, you can get a hair sprayer and tip out the hair spray and clean it. Then fill with water and put it on mist. Your budgies are bound to love this! You could also dab your fingers in the water and run it over your budgie. Or, you could turn on your shower and put the cold water dripping and put your budgie under it.

2. Hose (for avairys)
BEFORE USE: Make sure your hose is on mist and not full. either stand inside the avairy or poke it through the bars of the wire mesh so you do not cause the avairy to rust. Then, once you are sure of this, mist the birds for a little bit to keep them cool. Do not hose the birds for more than 5-10 seconds, otherwise they get chilled.

BEFORE USE: Make sure that your avairy floor is sloped so when the water from the hose goes onto the floor, it will drain away and not only give you water for your garden, but it will stop the water creating a breeding ground for bacteria.

Or, you can buy a special misting system for your avairy and set a timer to it.

3. Water
Every day, all day, your budgies have water. In summer you should change it 2-3 times per day to make sure it doesn't get over heated at to warm for your birds to drink. It is a good idea to put crushed up ice cubes/ ice blocks in your budgies water pots so the water stays cooler for longer. If you have a water fountain, wrap something around the tube bit to keep the stored water a lot cooler.

4. Fans
Make sure your budgie IS NOT flying around out of his cage when you have a fan on. Make sure the fan isn't blowing on the cage directly, but you can feel the cooler air. (but not the force of the fan) If you have an avairy, however, you can get one of those electric bedroom fans blowing over a bucket of water. This will cool the air and will comfort your birds.

5. Shelter
For avairy birds, it is a wise idea to keep a little sheltered area for the birds to get out of sunlight or warmth. You could attach a box with 3 and a half sides to the avairy and put a cloth or tea towel inside for bedding, perhaps? Inside the towel you could fold it up and put on of those freezer things wrapped inside. (the ones that you use for your child's lunch box for when they go to school)

6. Stay Inside
If you have a pet budgie/s that are inside, you won't need to worry about this because they are already inside, but, for avairy birds, you must keep some spare flight cages that will fit all of your birds inside. You can keep them in the bird room (if you have one connected to your avairy) or you can just put the cages where ever in your house as long as they are out of reach of cats and dogs.

Summer no no's:
  1. Don't hose your birds when the hose is on full
  2. Don't put your birds directly under a air conditioning or fan
  3. Don't cover up your birds cage
  4. Don't leave your birds unsupervised when playing in a bird bath
  5. Don't put water in a bird bath that is too deep for your bird. He could drown.
  6. Don't leave your birds outside when the temperature is more than 40 degrees
  7. Don't put hot water on your budgie in the shower

How To Tell If Your Budgie Is Hot:
  1. They will be holding their wings away from their bodies
  2. Be panting and breathing with their mouths open
  3. You can see them breathing very clearly (by looking at their tummy)

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Great thread
Another tip I use is place crushed up ice in the water dish , cools the water abit but the ice dissolves quickly.
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In summer, like us, budgies can get very hot. Here is some advise to keep your feathered friend nice and cool on hot days or in summer.


2. Hose (for avairys)
BEFORE USE: Make sure your hose is on mist and not full. either stand inside the avairy or poke it through the bars of the wire mesh so you do not cause the avairy to rust. Then, once you are sure of this, mist the birds for a little bit to keep them cool. Do not hose the birds for more than 5-10 seconds, otherwise they get chilled.

I would strongly advise against this! Water in an aviary, especially an aviary with a dirt floor, will get into all nooks and crannys. It makes it a breeding ground for bacteria, especially mega-bacteria and coccidiosis. (It is best to treat aginst these every year as a prevantative though)

3. Water
Every day, all day, your budgies have water. In summer you should change it 2-3 times per day to make sure it doesn't get over heated at to warm for your birds to drink. It is a good idea to put ice cubes/ ice blocks in your budgies water pots so the water stays cooler for longer. If you have a water fountain, wrap something around the tube bit to keep the stored water a lot cooler.

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Great thread! I wish it was summer here
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Another tip I use is place crushed up ice in the water dish , cools the water abit but the ice dissolves quickly.
Thanks! I will ad that in.
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Thanks! I will add in that you must have a slope in your avairy so the water can drain away? Is that good?
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No. Water will still get in and potnetially harm the birds.
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For my outside aviary, we have a special misting system, goes all the way around the top of our aviary, and down to the bottom for the button quail. (tractor supply) it has a timer so you can set it for different lengths of time. This brings the temp way down. You can sit inside in the middle of the Texas heat and not break a sweat. they can sit in the mist if they want, or move to the middle and stay dry. I also have a (shallow) bird bath that i put ice in sometimes. The entire top is covered so they avoid direct sun but can usually find a sunny place to sit if they wish. Works great! (ps i bring them in for the winter). Hope this helps!
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