One thing you might consider is one of the heated perches. We lived in Mexico without heat in our house and it got chilly in the winter time. We used a heated perch and it really worked and there is no danger of burning your bird and/or teflon.
Birds lose most of their body heat through their feet & my home is not the warmest in the fall & winter so I bought a thermo perch. With shipping they cost about $40 but it is well worth it. My grey sleeps on it every night & in the am when he comes out his feet are nice & warm.. lol I suggest the medium for your grey 13" if 'm correct & it matains a constant temp of the brids body temp. The cord has a wire type covering & mine has never even tried to get at it. I highly recommend a thermo perch & before I got it I was looking into the same option as you. This is so much safer. Ebay has someone selling them for around $29 but I got mine from another site (I cant remember sorry) do some research & find the best price as many websites sell them at about $40. I'm sure you will be happy with a thermo perch
Post by Auggies Dad on Nov 4, 2007 12:30:00 GMT -7
Are you sure you even need a heater? How cold does your house get. Grey's can handle temperatures as low as 40F or so. I live in Florida and several days each winter my house get quite chilly, I never turn on my heat, but there are days when I could. I have 5 birds and the oldest one I've had for 14 years.
Why don't you want a heat lamp? Greys need the vitaman D, I think, that comes from natural sunlight. (not from through windows) And well, you can get a lamp that supplies this vitaman I think Vitaman D helps absorb Calcium? Which is good as alot of greys are prone to lack of calcium.
Mine puff up around 65 degrees to stay warm. This constant puffing of the feathers can cause stress which can make a Grey sick. Texas is a different climate than Florida so we can't compare. I suggest just observing the bird when the temperature is in your comfort range. If it puffs up, it's cold, on the other hand overheated bird will droop it's partially open wings; if it pants, cool it immediately! The panting is obvious, but the drooped wings will also cause stress.
Linzy, Yes you are correct, vitamin D helps in the absorption of Calcium which needs to be forefront in a Grey owners mind, as they don't absorb it easily. There are quite a few members with natural light bulbs in a lamp close to the bird. Our birds are close enough to the windows to get the sun, but away from any draft.
Correct in that the feet are the thermostat of a bird's temperature regulation, but I never researched one (heated perch). Do they have a thermostat of just run constantly? Most of the time they won't need the extra heat so it needs to turn off at a certain temperature. The bird will need to be away from the artificial heat to maintain body temp. My previous home had climate control, set it on 78 degrees and never touch the stat again (unless it was nice out and windows were open). I just never trusted artificial things that I could control with observation, usually when we are comfortable, they are also.
EDIT: Space heater: Wal*Mart sells one that works on heated oil contained in what looks like an old steam radiator. Heats a good size room and if a shirt falls in it or it tips over, it isn't hot enough to start a fire. It's hot to the touch but not enough to burn you badly, we have three for those rare nights in Texas that it hits 20 degrees. I think they were $30, thermostat controlled two stage heat: 900watts/1600watts. Ours are several years old now and I don't remember the brand. If you want, I'll dig one out and get it for you.
Here's a link to the perch (or one very similar to it) that we have. www.avianlove.com/item/Per_Thermal_Heated_Perch/789 As it describes, it is very low voltage and doesn't feel like it puts out that much heat. Just enough to keep their feet warm. When we lived in Northern Mexico and had no heat in our house this did the trick. She sat on it a lot. Now that we live in a colder climate and keep our house more evenly heated, she doesn't need it at all. There are times when I get her up in the morning now and her feet are kind of chilly and I think of how cozy they were with the heated perch. She never acted cold by fluffing up with it and seemed to do the trick. Worth looking into.
A few weeks ago, I bought a heat panel for our almost 11 yo grey, Abby. I haven't put it on the wall, yet. I've been giving her a chance to check it out from afar. It seems brilliant. Has anyone used one?