Can I put my budgie cage outside? This is a question that can be answered with one word: yes! There are some important considerations you need to take into account though in order to keep your birds safe. There are a lot of things that can go wrong if you don’t take precautions, so let’s dive in and explain exactly what you need to do to put your budgie’s cage outside safely.
What temperature is too cold for parakeets (Or hot!)
The temperature can’t be any lower than 70 degrees or higher than 80. Budgies can overheat really easily, so it’s important to keep them cool and not let the sun get too hot on their cage. The idea temperature range should be around 75 degrees, that’s not too hot or too cold.
When considering temperature fluctuations it’s important to also consider cage placement. If they can’t get to shade when it’s hot out, the temperature can go up quickly in a matter of minutes and that can be dangerous. In fact, In direct sunlight on a hot day, you can almost guarantee it will kill the budgies!
The same in reverse, where the sun could disappear behind some shade or clouds and suddenly the temperature drops a bit too low.
So that’s why it’s ideal to give them a bit of both, half in the shade and half out, so they can move to whichever side of their cage is more comfortable at any given time.
Budgies can also overheat from being too close to a heat source like an oven or heater, BBQ, or blacktop path. – even if it’s not hot outside! So placement is very important.
Some signs your bird is too hot is if their wings are being spread out away from their body. Signes they are too cold, they will be shivering and fluffed up attempting to keep more body heat in. They may also huddle if there are multiple budgies in the cage.
Most importantly: Make absolutely sure your budgie ALWAYS has access to fresh, cool water. They use this to stay hydrated and cool down.
What about wind?
Couple with proper shade, Your cage will need wind protection. Adding wind blockers in the cage, such as board or places the budgie can hide from gusts of wind is a good idea as well.
Wind can also bring more chill to the budgie cage if not properly shielded from it.
What about rain?
Being native to Australia, the days are hot and the nights are dry. Budgies don’t do well being wet, So it’s important they can escape the rain. Putting a rain cover is a possibility, but more often than not it could end up turning the cage into an oven on a sunny day.
It’s best to give them plenty of places to hide away from the rain on their own, even if the cage itself is exposed to the rain.
Another option is to have them under the lip of a building, where the roof gives additional protection against rain without transferring heat to the cage. It may also add additional shade.
Can budgies live outside in winter?
Under very certain circumstances, Yes. Otherwise, Absolutely not. Despite how rugged budgies are, they simply can not handle a northern winter. In the lower southern areas, it’s possible if the temperatures don’t drop too low, but when you’re getting snow, that’s a no!
You have a winter aviary set up with full heating, protection, and accommodations. These are usually permanent structures and they are quite expensive to run because of the electricity and heating elements/lamps required. In this case, you can have your budgies outside in winter as long as their needs are met and they can live happily and safely.
Do not just attempt to toss a space heater into a budgie cage. This won’t work, and it will either not heat enough, or heat too much and in both cases can kill the bird. It may also cause a fire or hurt/burn the bird in other ways.
What matters most is that they have a place to get out of the elements, and can find shade or shelter from those brutal winter winds which can chill your little budgie down in minutes! (When we say minutes we really mean it, Small birds freeze fast). These are hot areas native to Australian birds and they require those types of environments to thrive!
Here’s an example of a safe aviary heater you can purchase online, although we do recommend bigger permanent structures. This is advertised as chickens but will work for any bird that needs heat.
- 【Thermal Protector & Heat-Sensitive Sticker】: Comes with a power switch with a temperature adjustment range of 122~167℉/(50~75℃); Effective radiant heat range within 40 cm. The heat-sensitive sticker will alert you to the condition of the temperature. (This sticker is black for temperatures below 45℃/ 113℉ and red for temperatures above 45℃/ 113℉).
- 【Energy-efficient Design】: Reducing electricity use is our eco-friendly design philosophy. The power consumption is ONLY 140 Watts makes it more energy efficient than most of others.
- 【UL Test Standards & Thermostatic System】: The built-in heating wire complies with UL standards. Compared with similar products, we have added an additional thermostat which working continuously in the circuit to provide dual protection!
- 【Two Ways to Use】: Easy to install, two options to install to fit different scenes; you can choose the standing style or wall-mounted style. Also paired with a 9.8 ft/3 m length wire to extend your use of the space.
- 【Safe for Chicken Coops】: The type of heat is radiant heat, it's very safe for your chickens. Good for the puppies and kittens to keep warm, protect them from frostbite, it's also the perfect home for small animals. Let’s provide a warm and comfortable area for your chicken! (The product is only for partial heating, not large area heating), offer 2 years warranty.
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