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3rd-Jun-2016 10:03 pm
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Hi everybody! I need your advice please ^u^

It's winter here and it's pretty cold right now. I was wondering if there's a way to make a warm bed/nest/something for my cockatiel so he doesn't feel cold at night? right now he only has natural perchs and I made him a little board-bed because I noticed he likes to put his feet on bigger surfaces when he wants to be comfortable and when it's time to sleep he goes right to his little board-bed. I think the wood may be a bit warmer than the perch but if there is a way to make it warmer or more comfortable it would be great. Or maybe making a nest-bed? I don't know!
He gets scared easily too (I gave up with toys because he either got freaked out of them -even using the "get him used to them first" technique- or completely ignores them when they're small enough to not be "scary"). If I could make a "bed" for him how can I make him accept it and use it?
oh! I cover his cage with two light blankets at night.
Comments 
4th-Jun-2016 01:26 am (UTC)
I would think that if your house is warm enough for you, it is warm enough for him -- after all, he has feathers and down. As long as you don't have the heat turned off or something, I would think that the blankets would be sufficient not only to keep him warm, but to keep him from being frightened by anyone moving around at night. I doubt that he would use any sort of "nest". Birds usually like to sleep on the highest perch in the cage.
4th-Jun-2016 03:00 am (UTC)
Well, that's the issue. It's not warm enough for me, it's freezing cold with the heat turned off at night (my! Even when it's turned on at day it's cold :( and we have to turn it on moderately because it's expensive). By the day I keep him in my shoulder all the time I can and he is pretty warm but I want him to be warm at night too :s
14th-Jun-2016 02:52 am (UTC)
I live in Canada and it regularly gets down to -30C in my area during winter. We keep the house at around 22 C. I cover the birds with a bedsheet and multiple towels and they seem OK. Mostly I use the bedsheet because the cages are so big :-)

When I had a budgie with a tumour, I put a heating pad on the top of his cage to help during winter. Hope you guys are doing well!
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