Last Updated on January 23, 2023 by Ali Shahid
Summer is here and we all want to switch on our fans. But stop! You have budgies in your home. Now it is a problem. You wonder! Are fans bad for budgies? The answer is not simple. The dangers of using a ceiling fan are obvious when you have birds, So avoid using them.
We all know that anything is not bad for the birds until you disturb their natural environment. Birds usually don’t need fans but when it is severely hot, you can switch on the fans with precautionary measures.
When you are using the fan, make sure the fan is not blowing the cold air directly toward the birds. Due to direct cold air, the birds can become spooked.
The question here is, do budgies need a fan? No, not all birds need a fan. Different experienced vet says that birds can handle warm temperatures better than cold ones. They have a natural phenomenon of cooling themselves down. So, nothing to worry about.
Let’s dig a little deeper and learn when exactly our birds need a fan to stay cool.
Do Budgies need a fan?
If you observe the following signs of overheating in your budgies, then it is real problem.
If you discover your bird holding its wings open, sitting on the cage of the floor, or open-mouth panting then it is a real problem.
And you need to cool your birds’ environment. You can cool down your bird but in any case, it’s unwise to point fans or AC units directly at a budgie unless it’s truly overheating.
Even in these cases, there are better ways to help your budgie cool down. You can mist it with water or offer it a bowl of cool water to bathe in. Fans are not good for budgies, so avoid them when you can.
Ceiling fan safety tips:
According to different avian vet experts, it is recommended to avoid using ceiling fans for the birds. So, if you want to keep your birds cool in the summer. Make sure to follow the following tips.
- Make sure that the fans are not directly pointing to the birds. It stimulates air movement and reduces the risk of inhalation of dust particles in a good way.
- If you switch on the ceiling fan to cool down the room. Make sure to keep your budgie on the other side of the room or in any other room.
- If your bird is out of the cage, when you are using the fan, make sure that its wings are clipped so that it can’t fly to the fan.
- You switch on the fan and observe that your budgie appears agitated, super loud, or extra quiet, then it may be frightened. Be sure to watch your budgie!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a good temperature for parakeets?
Parakeets live comfortably at average household temperatures. But be cautious of extreme temperature changes. It is recommended to maintain the temperature between 65 – 80°F. The habitat should be placed off the floor in an area that is well-lit and away from drafts.
Do parakeets like fans?
According to our experience, it is observed that the parakeets don’t like fans. Most birds will know well enough to stay away from a ceiling fan. So, if your birds are out of the cage make sure to switch off the fans or clip their wings.
Let me be straightforward with you, fresh air is great for budgies, and they will prefer it over recycled air. It is recommended to allow airflow in your home by opening a window.
If your budgie is freely roaming or flying in the room, never turn on a fan of any kind. The chance of injury is too high.
Hopefully, this article will help you narrow down exactly what’s happening with your budgie and if you need a vet’s help. If you want to learn more about the budgies let us know in the comment section below.
It will be highly appreciated.
Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.