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pet birds who have become ill need an efficient drug. But there is more
one can do for them in many cases: The bird's common body temperature is
about 41°C. If a bird is ill, the temperature drops. The reason for
this phenomenon is that keeping the body temperature takes a lot of
energy. But there is a lack of energy while a bird's organism tries to
fight a disease or an infection. Its immune system consumes a lot of
energy that is therefore not available for the "heat system". That's
why birds feel very cold when they're ill. If you notice that your bird
is sick and feels cold, you can make the situation easier by offering a
heat therapy with the help of a special lamp.
Dark infra-red lamps are most suitable for this purpose. Depending on its power, the lamp should be placed in a proper distance from the recovery cage. It is important to ensure that the temperature inside the cage is not too high. There must be a shady place in the cage where the bird can go if it becomes too hot. For example a towel that is put in front of one half of the cage gives shelter. But never cover half of the cage with the towel because this could cause a lot of heat inside of the cage. Be sure to place the towel in a way that guarantees that the air in the cage will still be able to move. That prevents a heat accumulation in this part of the cage.
If and how log you should warm your bird with a heat lamp depends on the kind of disease the animal suffers from. In principle you should talk about that to your vet who will surely help you with his advice.
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