are heat lamps safe for birds

Bird owners wonder how to safely heat the home with pet birds in the vicinity. Others want to know how to keep their tropical pets warm without heating the entire house to 80 degrees in the dead of winter. There are solutions to both problems.

With regard to our pet birds, using space heaters, gas fireplaces, and other human-oriented winter heating devices can result in tragedies. Certain components of space heaters are coated with polymers that contain polytetrafluroethylene (PTFE), the same material found in nonstick cookware that releases fumes that are lethal to birds when heated. For information about the particular product you’re interested in buying, get in touch with the manufacturers.

Cold isn’t the only winter threat to pet birds. While cockatoos, cockatiels, and African greys naturally release a certain amount of white powder, low humidity may be the cause if your conure or quaker’s feathers appear a little dull or under the weather. During the winter, have you noticed more dander emanating from your pet’s bird cage lately? Are there more feathers on the floor? Does your pet look dusty? When the winter heat waves arrive, indoor air frequently gets dry, which causes people to get cracked hands and dry nasal passages. Imagine how your sensitive bird must feel!.

Avoid placing cords, switches, heating elements, bulbs, and lighting tubes near birds or other animals as this could lead to electrocution or other injuries. Hot light bulbs may shatter if spattered by water. Move hot or incandescent lightbulbs out of the splash zone for your bird. When used carefully and in accordance with manufacturer instructions, supplemental lighting and heating products are advantageous and safe.

Rather, only buy heat lamps safe for birds from vendors who sell them especially for use with birds. Certain light bulbs on the market are covered in a material that contains PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), a polymer found in nonstick cookware that, when heated to a high temperature, can release harmful fumes. Heat lamps usually use incandescent or infrared incandescent bulbs. Because of its distinctive red light, the infrared bulb warms objects rather than the air around them, keeping birds’ sleep cycles intact.

Additionally, because ceramic heating elements don’t emit light, they don’t interfere with the regular cycle of day and night. The 30-, 60-, 100-, 150-, and 250-watt Pearlco brand infrared heat emitter was created especially for use with animals. Although water splatters won’t break the ceramic, it does heat up quickly and needs to be kept out of the reach of birds. Avi-Tech Exotic Birds (www. avitec. offers Pearlco heating elements, a clamp-on reflector/lamp holder to secure the heating element, and a plug-in dimmer control to adjust power.

When they fly by, I would rather have my heater on than leave the heat lamp on. The heat lamp is primarily for use in the event of a power outage or when I leave the house and it is not cost-effective to leave the heater running. For that reason, I also want to connect the heat lamp to a solar panel and deep cycle battery.

I need something to place next to their cage so they can stay warm in the winter. They can already curl up with my two small, warm rectangle heaters, but they don’t let heat from them into the cage.

FAQ

How can I keep my bird warm at night?

1) Reduce your bird’s exposure to drafts by insulating your windows and relocating your bird’s cages away from windows, doors and heating ducts. 2) Utilize a cage cover or well fitting blanket over the cage at bedtime. 3) In the wild, many birds will roost in flocks in part to share body heat.

What kind of heaters are safe for birds?

Oil-filled radiators are your best bet around birds.

How do you keep a bird warm without a heat lamp?

One solution that can help for a shorter period is a milk jug filled with hot water, then placed under a blanket that the cage is wrapped in, or if small birds put right in the cage.

How long do birds need a heat lamp?

If home temperatures range around 75 degrees, you won’t need a heat lamp past week four. But in barns or garages, which may run 60 degrees, chicks need supplementary heat until they are fully feathered at six weeks of age.