10 Tips on How to Keep Pet Birds Warm in Winter

10 Tips on How to Keep Pet Birds Warm in Winter


Whether you keep chickens or have a parrot as a pet, the winters can be harsh on the bodies of your avian friends. A bird’s body is not well equipped for cold temperatures, even in well-insulated, sheltered areas. Besides keeping the birds inside a sheltered space, there are other tips you should follow to keep any pet bird warm in the winter.

Cage Covers - Keep Pet Birds WarmCage Covers

Cage covers will go over the cage the bird resides in. The covers, particularly winter-crafted covers, help trap the heat within the cage. It is best to put these kinds of covers over the cages when it is “night out”. That way, you can peep pet birds warm at night with a cover and in the daytime, they can enjoy the sun.


Positioned LocationPositioned Location

Whether it is a cage for a finch or a chicken pen, where the avian home is located in the home or barn is very important. That is because improper insulation can make cold drafts fly into the area. Unless you properly insulate the windows and walls, it is best to move the pens or cages away from drafty areas. Keep the pens or cages in a safe, central spot where heat is not being lost from the home or barn.


Heat Lamps - Keep Pet Birds WarmHeat Lamps

Heat lamps are one direct way to apply heat to a bird when it is very cold. Like a space heater, the heat lamps act as portable, plug-in heaters that can safely warm up a bird when they are under the light. Although the heat will dissipate if the lamp is turned off, the heat lamps can provide some pleasurable amounts of heat to a cold bird.


Heat Perches - Keep Pet Birds WarmHeat Perches

One sign to tell if your bird is cold is if they ball themselves up, covering their legs and feet. A birds legs and feet are susceptible to the cold, so when the bird balls up, they are doing it because they are very cold. A heated perch is a good investment to keep bird legs warm. The perch heats up to a gently warm temperature, heating the feet and legs of the bird. This helps keep their blood and tissue in their legs warm and can generally help the bird stay warm.


Cage Tents - Keep Pet Birds WarmCage Tents

Like the cage covers, tents act as little shelters within the shelter the bird lives in. These tiny tents are insulated so the bird can hop into them to stay warm. The tents can fit into most cages and pen, and they give the bird the option to snuggle into them when they are cold



Deep Litter - Keep Pet Birds WarmDeep Litter

The deep litter approach is one way to create a heat source for the birds. Instead of cleaning out the coops for the pens or cages the bird is in, the deep litter approach requires you consistently adding more bird litter on top of bird litter. This approach needs to last over long periods of time, such as whole seasons. As a result, there will be a layer of litter mixed with excrement on the bed floor of the cage or pen. This can actually trap and emit heat for the bird.


Plenty of Toys

Exerting oneself and having fun through physical activity can help anyone feel the warmth of an increased metabolism and body temperature. Having lots of toys in the cage or pen can really help the bird stay active during the winter months, as well as warming themselves up through exercise.


Put Birds Together - Keep Pet Birds WarmPut Birds Together

Depending on how many birds you might have, it is a good strategy to keep birds together in the same pen or cage. Although you want adequate, human space, the tighter the quarters, the easier it will be for the birds to roost together. This can help the birds use each other for warm comfort during the winter.


Extra Food At Night - Keep Pet Birds WarmExtra Food At Night

A birds metabolism helps keep them warm, which is why eating consistent meals will be very helpful for the bird. However, many suggest feeding extra rich food at night, like corn, to the bird. As a result, the bird will feel full and their bodies will digest a complex food that can help with the bird’s body heat.


Clothing - Keep Pet Birds WarmClothing

Yes, there is clothing available for many bird species. This clothing is more of an apparel wrap that covers the bird like a sweater. The clothing is helpful since it wraps around the bird keeping each individual bird warm and snug. However, some birds may take some time getting used to such clothing.


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  • Yousra says:

    Thank you sooooooo much for all the advices I was freaking out after I gave my bird a shower and it started shivering and could not even move I was so scared .. but thanks to ur advices I can give it a shower again

  • Waheed says:

    Could you please tell me what is the best temperature for winter season for budgies

  • Tamara Vazquez says:

    Can I put a blanket inside my amazon birds cage.

    • Mika Mika says:

      Hello Tamara,

      Thank you for your inquiry, we appreciate it.

      You may put a blanket over the bird cage to cover the entire cage. So the blanket is outside the cage, not inside.

      I hope that helps, please let us know if you have any other questions.


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