I just got back from vacation and discovered that my furnace was out for about 4 days. It was pretty cold here.. around 40 most days. My housesitter failed to notify me that my heater was out and my poor 'tiel sat around for a while in a cold house. He had plenty of food and water, just no heat. I've read this group enough to know that you are all going to say GO TO A VET. I probably will on Monday, but wanted to see if anybody knew specifically what to look for to make sure he is okay. He seems fine now. He's perky, talkative and isn't sneezing or wheezing. I've had him for several years, and he seems completely normal We have him in front of a gas fireplace, and the heat is restored.

tips? Other than to get a new house sitter?
thanks in advance,
Susan
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Your bird is most likely fine. Feathers are very good insulation.

You think your house sitter is bad? Mine left the door open when she was moving the bird to clean cages and he flew out and away. I had to cut my vacation short and make the 8 hour drive back to retrieve the bird. When I drove up the pet sitter was in the garage with the door open where she was cleaning up after another bird - the same situation that enabled the first bird to escape - the front gate to the yard was open, and the ducks were about to wander into the street. Now THAT is a bad sitter!

karen
Your bird is most likely fine. Feathers are very good insulation. You think your house sitter is bad? Mine left ... the yard was open, and the ducks were about to wander into the street. Now THAT is a bad sitter!

Good grief!!
So how long was it before she got out of hospital?? I would have laid the daft cow out where she stood.
I just got back from vacation and discovered that my furnace was out for about 4 days. It was pretty ... a gas fireplace, and the heat is restored. tips? Other than to get a new house sitter? thanks in advance,

He will be fine. Cold is ok, as long as there are no draughts and he is dry. Personally I would move him away from the gas fire, cover the cage with a thick blanket leaving only the front open if you must and don't worry!
Thanks for the info and advice. I'm a notoriously nervous bird-mom, so it is good to know he'll be okay.
Karen, did you get your bird back? How terrible.
Susan
Your bird is most likely fine. Feathers are very good ... wander into the street. Now THAT is a bad sitter!

Good grief!! So how long was it before she got out of hospital?? I would have laid the daft cow out where she stood.

She's lucky to be alive.
karen
Tiels are built for adverse weather conditions. They migrate across Australia and have to face hot daytime temperatures as well as cold nighttime temperatures. They have a good coat of downy feathers underneath their exterior feathers. Just from observing my tiel in the shower with my south american parrots I have noticed that tiels' exterior feathers are water repellent to a certain extent unlike the other birds. With the downy feathers he takes longer to dry off when he does get wet underneath. I assume that when you first saw him he was fluffed. If he has gone back to his regular self he is probably OK. If it was my bird I would probably take him to the vet anyway for reassurance.
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I just got back from vacation and discovered that my furnace was out for about 4 days. It was pretty ... in front of a gas fireplace, and the heat is restored. tips? Other than to get a new house sitter?

many birds are far hardier then they look, and if they don't get wet, or have to be in a strong wind, they are well insulated, and can tolerate far colder weather then you might expect. In short, if your tiel seems unscathed, your teil almost certain survived the experience undamage...
I used to have a Cockatoo who really hated hot weather. You know the story about keeping birds out of drafts.. Well he'd park himself in front of the Airconditioner cold air duct..
I just got back from vacation and discovered that my ... restored. tips? Other than to get a new house sitter?

many birds are far hardier then they look, and if they don't get wet, or have to be in a ... the story about keeping birds out of drafts.... Well he'd park himself in front of the Airconditioner cold air duct....

Freya does that during the summer. :-) She will sit in front of the fan. Now that it's winter and her cage is right next to a window, (double storm glass, but it still gets chilly), she sits on top of the deep freeze at night instead of on her cage as the motor is warm and puts off heat...

A bird that's not locked in a cage will usually find their own comfort zone.
Refrigerators/freezers often have a hot side. You can always move the cage next to that if you are worried about it getting cold again?

K.

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