People ask us how we keep our birds warm when the weather turns cold and nasty. Well, birds acclimate just like dogs and cats and ducks. They know what’s coming and start growing three times as much down before winter as they do during the summer. You can tell, because come springtime, it looks like somebody had a huge pillow fight, feathers everywhere.
Our flights have infrared heaters, which are thermostatically controlled and set at 55 degrees. These heaters are closed in with rock sand panels and are like insulation. Last year we had the coldest nights ever, a minus 7 wind chill factor. Yet we have never lost a bird to the cold since we started.
And once we get down into colder nights, one of us will walk the property periodically to make sure no bird looks lethargic or anything else unusual.
A bird’s body temperature is 105 degrees and as the saying goes: if we need a coat, then they need a coat. So whichever bird thinks itself the coldest will be on a perch under the lamps and closest to the center of the heater. Especially birds that are a bit feather-plucked. And age has nothing to do with it, it could be an old or a young bird.
They have enough sense to get where they’re comfortable.