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Old 04-12-2017, 08:07 AM
Lannier Lannier is offline
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Default In or out during severe winters ?


When it comes to your bird welfare, do you shelter your BoP inhouse during winter times when temperature go below freezing point (especially in wet countries)

or do you consider that for indigent birds, leaving them outside with a proper roof shelter does not harm them.

In other words , do you think that bad weather conditions could, in some instances (ageing, ů) shorten the birdĺs life ?
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Old 04-12-2017, 02:49 PM
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Default Re: In or out during severe winters ?

My red tail lives outside with a high perch and roof shaded side all year and he is 25 this year. danzy
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Old 04-12-2017, 03:14 PM
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Default Re: In or out during severe winters ?

My falcons and Hawks live inside with heating on to 10deg through the winter, wouldn't take the chance, out during the day if weather is good
Noticed on Bird trader lots of birds with WTO up for sale or free (both falcons and hawks)
You wouldn't find a wild bird sitting out in the cold or wet it would find shelter.
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Old 04-12-2017, 05:02 PM
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Default Re: In or out during severe winters ?

It's hard to fly a bird in the winter unless it's acclimated to the cold. Species native to your area/climate just need to be kept dry and out of the wind. You do need to make sure you're not flying them too low though and also be sure to give them a good, big crop every week or two at least, to prevent midwinter anemia. Micros should be kept indoors or in a temperature controlled area to prevent big swings in temperature that can lead to unexpected, severe weight loss. Birds native to a warmer area than your own (like harris hawks) should be kept dry, out of the wind and ideally kept from getting too cold also.
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