What Is the Lowest Temperature Can My 2 Greys Survive Outside?

Grae W. wonders

 

Hello, I have two 21-year-old grays, that I have had since they were young babies.

 

They are very healthy and happy birds. In the winter months, in the south (NC), I put them out in their cage on sunny, non-windy days, if it’s above 47 degrees.

 

As their cage loses the sun, I bring them in, and put them on their perch, in a glass door walk-in shower.

 

I have asthma, so must not bring in their cage.

 

On damp, cloudy days, when they cannot go on the porch and have to stay in the shower space, I give them breaks in the great room/kitchen, on a table perch, for 30 minutes or so, when I can be with them.

 

They seem to be fine with this routine.

 

My question – how low an outdoor temp can they safely be put out in their cage for a few hours, in the winter, without getting chilled, and without being uncomfortable?

 

Thank you.

 

Hi Grea and thank you for writing.

 

Birds are a lot more durable than they are given credit for.

 

Just look at Quakers who survive brutal Chicago winters (and other cities) by building large communal nests.

 

2 quaker parrots in front of colonial quaker parrot nest

 

First off, that asthma thing ~ birds do no harm to asthmatics

I’ve written extensively on winter and birds so I’ll share with you what we know.

 

How Do I Keep My Bird Cage Warm In The Winter?

How To Keep Budgies Warm And Plump For Winter

How Winter Places Stress On Captive Birds

Winter Checklist from ParrotMag.com for Outside Aviaries

At Last, the Secret to How Do Birds Stay Alive During Winter Is Revealed

How Do I Protect My Parrot During Winter Cold Weather?

Best of luck,

MitchR

Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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