Why does my budgie have cold feet?

Last Updated on November 27, 2022 by Ali Shahid

Why does my budgie have cold feet

Your budgie has cold feet. You get worried and rush to the vet. Stop! If they have cold feet for normal reasons then nothing to worry about. Budgies usually have cold feet to maintain their temperature, especially at night. If your budgies have it all the time then it should be your concern. Stress, improper nutrition, and illness are some reasons for your budgie’s cold feet.

Budgies usually have warm feet. Don’t worry! It’s normal. It doesn’t mean cold feet are immediately dangerous or bad. Your budgie’s feet might get cold now and then, just like yours do.

But, your budgie has cold feet all the time. Now, this is the scary part. You observe your budgie shivering, shaking, or puffing up its feather constantly. I recommend you visit your avian vet immediately. It may lead to serious illnesses including avian flu, heart disease, or psittacosis.

You start to worry about that. Stop! Keep reading this article and you will get to know all the reasons for budgies’ cold feet explained by the avian experts.

Why Are My Budgie’s Feet Cold?

Lack of Nutrition:

Lack of nutrition is a common reason for cold feet. It is not a gradual process indeed. Lack of nutrition lowers its metabolism and immunity level, which ultimately causes the problem of maintaining a normal body temperature.

You think I am exaggerating! Improper nutrition can lower its heart rate, slow down its activity levels, and cause its circulation to become weaker too. So, a proper diet is essential for a healthy life.

Freshly Bathed:

I have seen many budgies having cold feet after bathing. It is completely normal. When they take a bath, the internal temperature gets down.

As bare skin, the legs will stay colder until the budgie warms up overall or until it tucks a leg into its feathers to heat up.


Stress is another main reason for the budgie’s cold feet. Stress usually declines body heat. Stress runs out the energy and your budgie ultimately gets cold feet and other signs of illness.

There could be many reasons for stress, noisy area, environmental changes, and bright light may cause stress to your feather friend. If your budgie is fearful for any reason, and its feet become cold, you should take this seriously.

Cold Environment:

 If your budgie is exposed to extreme cold weather then it could be a reason for cold feet. Budgies cannot easily handle temperatures in the range of 15 to 20 degrees Celsius or lower.

So it is recommended not to place your budgie in air-conditioned rooms in summer or outside the room in the winter season.

It may cause hypothermia in the budgies. Your budgie may start shivering and you might get serious consequences.  So, immediately warm up your budgie.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I do if my budgie has cold feet?

You can help your budgie in many ways,

  • Install thermal perches, it will help to absorb more heat.
  • Keep the cage away from the window during the winter season.
  • Install heat lamps to warm up the cage of the budgie
  • Cover your budgie cage at night

How can you tell if your budgie is cold?

If your budgie is frequently putting his head down or tuck in its beak into his chest then it might be a chilly bird. Budgies usually sleep on one foot with the other one curled up underneath them. If your bird’s feathers are puffed up and it looks like it is sleeping on both feet, chances are that it’s cold.

Final Verdict:

So, the bottom line is if your budgie gets cold feet just check the frequency. Continuous cold feet are a concern for you. All you have to do is support them in those difficult times. Be thoughtful of his needs and take appropriate steps, your budgie will always be safe in the warmth of your love.

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

    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.

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