A SICK BIRD
When your bird is looking ill the best thing to do is to keep it in a temperature of around 85 to 90 degrees F. for a few days. Hopefully the warm temperature will make very small problems disappear.
Where Not To Place Your Bird
A Budgie or any bird should never be placed in front of a sunny window where it will get direct sunshine on hot days and should not be placed near any door or window where cold drafts can affect the birds health. Drafty locations will make your bird sick even if the room temperature is near the above guidelines. Budgies can die from chill. Cold moist air will lessen the efficiency of the feathered overcoat.
The Budgie can stand very warm temperatures of around 100 degrees as long as they have plenty of fresh water and it is not too humid. Under these warm conditions you will see the Budgie stretching its neck, gaping and panting and holding its wings out to its side to try and cool off as they cannot sweat like people. It can get to 90 degrees F and up in our birdroom on very hot summer days so we often see them holding their wings out to try and cool off. Under these conditions you can also spray your birds with cool but not cold water with a fine spray bottle. Budgies can also suffer heat stroke. If you are breeding Budgies and it is very warm make sure the humidity is up or the eggs will dry out and not form correctly.
Suddenly placing your Budgie in freezing temperatures after being in a warm room of 60 to 70 degrees F. will surely kill your bird. So if your pet Budgie ever escapes your home on a winter day you can consider it a slim chance of recovering it alive unless you can catch it within a short time. Read this article if your bird ever escapes and how you might recover it.
When Budgies are cold you may see them fluff up their feathers which will trap more air in the plumage and help insulate them. A weak, ill or shocked bird will do the same.
Baby Budgies can take 3 or 4 days before their bodies can regulate the temperature and that is why the parents must keep them warm by laying on them.
Budgies can stand cool temperatures as long as the temperature drops slowly over a long period of several hours. You can turn the heat in your home down as far as you want at night since the temperature will drop very slowly. We keep our birdroom temperature at 50 degrees F. all the time in the winter by just keeping it there with a small ceramic heater on a thermostat. We also have Bourkes Parakeets and Button Quail in with our Budgies. A Goldfinch and a Canary are in separate cages so that means they can handle the cool temperatures also. Budgies can even stand freezing temperatures as long as it drops slowly over a several day period and they can probably stand the cooler temperatures better than you. After the birds get used to the cooler temperatures they can jump from a 50 or 60 degree F. birdroom to an outside area where there may be snow on the ground as long as it is not very windy or super cold. The birds will actually venture out and play in the snow and taste it. The birds can sense the climate outside so they would not attempt to go outside if it is extreme conditions. As long as the temperature drops slowly and their water does not freeze up they will be OK. Never force your birds into an outdoor flight under freezing conditions as they will venture out if the conditions are OK to them in time.
Remember these birds come from grasslands in Australia where it can get very hot in the day and very cold (almost freezing) at night since grasslands usually border desert areas.
A book we have called Bird Diseases by L. Arnell states the heart rate of the Budgie to be 240-600 beats per minute and the respiratory rate to be 75-96 beats per minute and daytime body temperature to be 42 degrees C., or 107.6 degrees F.
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