It is our job to help the birds in this thermoregulation mechanism and to make the summer months pleasant for our pets.
The most heat sensitive birds are young, old and obese. Normally, the species that tend to be obese are parakeets, canaries, rosellas and Amazon parrots. Among small birds, goldfinches, diamonds or coral bites are the most prone to dehydration. But, regardless of their condition or species , all birds need the utmost care in summer to prevent them from suffering from heat.
At the end of summer the birds usually change their plumage (although it depends on the species to which they belong). With the molt they spend a lot of energy and need the essential nutrients, amino acids and vitamins for the growth of the new feathers. For this reason, it is vitally important to offer them a complete and balanced food during this period that satisfies their nutritional needs. At TANNIMAL we have a great variety of high quality bird food designed for each species and for each stage of life.
Hygiene is one of the most important points to take into account when caring for birds with the arrival of summer. The droppings, the remains of feathers and the areas of humidity caused by the splashing in the water are breeding grounds for viruses and bacteria that can cause serious damage to our birds. But in addition to hygiene, there are other important aspects that must be taken into account in the care of birds in summer, such as water and food . Here we explain in detail some tips and recommendations for the care of birds in summer, they will be of great help and they will be able to better withstand high temperatures.
Tips for caring for birds in hot weather
When the high temperatures arrive we can observe how the birds stop having as much physical activity as in winter, that they drink a greater amount of water and that they pant more due to the heat. How can we take care of them so that they do not get so hot? Following a series of simple tips we can help our pets to be more comfortable with the arrival of summer and to withstand the heat:
- Power . You should reduce the amount of food and create a more balanced diet according to the hot months, that is, less fat and more cold and juicy fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, melon, lettuce and apple. And make sure you always have clean, fresh water at your fingertips.
- Habitat . The cage should be placed in a cool place away from direct sunlight. In addition, it is convenient to place a bathtub so that they can splash and cool off when they need it. It is also appropriate to the use of sprays , especially for tropical birds.
- Hygiene . With high temperatures it becomes even more necessary to always keep the cage clean to avoid viruses and bacteria that are harmful to our pets. In summer, you have to take extreme hygiene measures to prevent diseases.
- Travel . Summer trips can be dangerous for birds, so if it is a long journey or you have to use several means of transport, it is advisable to leave them in a vacation residence for pets or in the care of someone.
By following these tips your pet is sure to be happy during the summer months. But if at any time you notice that she is more listless, that she has tremors or seizures, take her quickly to the veterinary specialist in birds . You may be suffering from heat stroke, very dangerous in these animals.
What kind of bird do you have as a pet? Are you as talkative and active in hot months as in winter? What feed do you give it in summer? Do you like to cool off in your bathtub? Tell us how you and your bird live the summer and what advice you give to other readers.