Summer definitely brings the sunshine—but it also brings the heat. In some parts of the country, temperatures may rise to 100 degrees or more on a given day. Our Feathered Friends can be sensitive to warm weather. As a result, it’s important to take precautions to keep your parrot cool. With proper care, most birds can go about their business—playing with their bird toys, resting on their bird perch or exercising on their parrot playgyms, with no harmful side affects.
However, if the air-conditioning goes out in the house, or if you accidentally leave your parrot cage in direct sunlight with no shade, this can cause your bird to suffer from heat stress or even a heat stroke. In addition, it is critical that you never leave your parrot in a parked car for any length of time. During the summer, cars can overheat within minutes. The heat can become so stifling it can be fatal to your feathered friend.
Signs of Heatstroke
If your feathered loved one is overheated, he/she will sit on his/her bird perch with his/her wings held away from his body, panting. At this point, your bird is suffering from heat stress and should be cooled down immediately. If his body is not cooled down at once, the symptoms will continue to worsen, causing a heatstroke. At this point, your parrot will begin to pant heavily, have a glazed look in his eyes and start to experience convulsions.
If your bird appears to be overheated, but is still sitting upright and acting cognitive, fill a spray bottle with cool water and gently mist your bird. If heatstroke has set in:
- Keep your bird’s feet and legs moist with cool water
- Do not additionally stress your bird
- Monitor your bird closely and contact your veterinarian
The best way to prevent heatstroke is to monitor your bird’s environment. Make sure the air-conditioning is on in the house at all times. Keep your bird cage out of direct sunlight. Never leave your bird in a car or room that has no ventilation. If you take your feathered friend outside, be sure he has access to shade.