As we reach peak summer heat days, pet owners are keeping their pets cool now, but if you have feathered family members, you may need another approach. Fortunately, you can help keep birds healthy and happy during this season. Our pet doctors want to share five practical ways to keep your birds hydrated and cool this summer!
Provide Ample Shade and Ventilation
Just like humans, birds can be sensitive to extreme temperatures. Ensure that their cage and area, whether an outdoor aviary or an indoor cage has ample shade and proper ventilation.
- Position feeders and baths in the shade to keep areas cool.
- Limit the amount of time your birds spend in their outdoor enclosures.
- Ensure a gentle breeze or a fan is nearby to keep the air circulating.
- Use shades, awnings, or natural foliage to create shaded areas within the enclosure.
- Create shaded areas within their enclosure using natural materials or artificial covers.
Keep Them Hydrated
Hydration is crucial for birds, especially during hot weather. Provide your feathered friends with fresh, clean water at all times. Consider:
- Ask our veterinarians which water-rich foods are safest for your bird.
- Add a small amount of ice to their bird bath during hours the sun hits directly.
- Gently lightly mist their feathers with clean water.
- Add a water bowl or a bird bath to their enclosure, allowing them to cool off and refresh themselves.
- Regularly monitor and refill the water sources to ensure they stay hydrated throughout the day.
Adjust Their Feeding Schedule
During summer, birds may have different dietary needs due to increased activity and potential changes in metabolism. Please consult with a veterinarian about how to adjust your diet accordingly. Offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables rich in water content, such as:
- Leafy greens
Also, avoid leaving food exposed to heat for extended periods and regularly clean the feeding bowls to prevent bacterial growth.
Maintain a Clean Environment
Maintaining a clean environment is crucial for the health and well-being of your birds. Make sure to:
- Do not cover your bird’s cage during the day.
- Provide a cage large enough to allow your bird room for movement.
- Regularly clean the enclosure, promptly removing debris, feces, or uneaten food.
- Disinfect the feeding and water bowls regularly, and provide fresh bedding material for comfortable perching.
Remember, High temperatures can increase the growth of harmful bacteria, so it’s important to maintain good hygiene.
How Do I Know if My Bird is Ill?
If you notice a change in your bird’s temperament or behavior, it is not a cause for alarm, but it is worth reaching out to our veterinarians. A few ways you can tell if your bird is not feeling well may include:
- Increased or abnormal sleeping.
- Inactivity or lack of interest in surroundings.
- Sitting low on the perch or bottom of the cage.
- Decreases or changes in vocalization or singing.
- Changes in color, consistency, or frequency of droppings.
- Losing balance, rocking, falling off perch, or walking in circles.
- Weakness or hanging onto the side of the cage by the beak rather than perching.
- Changes in breathing, such as wheezing, clicking sounds, or breathing with an open beak.
- Provide shade and proper ventilation, maintain hydration, adjust feeding, avoid intense sun exposure, and keep a clean environment for your bird.
- Monitor your bird’s behavior, seek veterinary advice, and do not let time pass in case of any concerns.
- Implementing these five key strategies can support your bird’s health and happiness during the peak summer heat.
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Whether routine check-ups, preventive medicine, or exams, clients trust us to provide comprehensive and reliable care for their furry friends. Contact us online with questions about our services or call (956) 787-2709 for our veterinary services in McAllen and Pharr.