Re: Effect of extreme heat on birds

To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Re: Effect of extreme heat on birds
From: "Wendy" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 12:54:51 +1100
you have to be very careful humidifying the environment of caged/confined
birds and other animals.
They can only cool by panting and increasing blood flow to skin and getting
some air movement to allow cooling. Humidifying their environment is

While it is a natural reaction - because of how our bodies work.

On hot day I always recall the a story, relayed to me, of a successful and
experienced rare bird breeder who lost 1 or 2 Eclectus Parrots (long kept,
successful breeding pair) in a heat wave because he hosed their enclosure
endeavouring to cool it/them down. If there is no air movement the
conditions can become stifling.

I was lucky and lost no chooks (inner Melb) a friend on the Mornington
Peninsula lost some despite the animals having shade, water and being in a
huge  area


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