Heating of the aviaries is part of common discussion among all breeders who live in temperate zones. There are some people who do not heat their facilities at all. Many of them believe that it is even good stimulation for reproduction. Therefore, the animals are exposed to freezing for a few months in a year. Other aviculturists heat their aviaries because some species nest in winter. Some breeders keep room temperature for the whole year because they want to give their birds better comfort. In Germany, the minimal temperature is set at 5-10°C. The rule has been stipulated in law since 1995 (see the document).
At the end of the last year,the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture announced that the revision of this regulation is planned in near future. Besides temperature, the above mentioned document involves also regulation on minimal aviary size and basic principals of husbandry (frequency of feeding, presence of substrate at the bottom of each cage etc.).
According to the German regulation, species like conures or Brotogeris parakeets require minimal temperature 5°C. In case of Quaker Parrots, Patagonian Conures, Indian Ringnecks or Australian Parrots, temperature should not fall bellow zero. For more delicate species like Hawk-headed Parrots, Blue-bellied Parrots or Pesquet’s Parrots the minimal temperature is set to 15°C.
For white cockatoos, Gang-gang Cockatoos, Galah Cockatoos and African Parrots, breeders should keep 5°C. The only parrot species, for which the regulation does not require heating, is the Kea Parrot which come from areas with cold climate. On the other hand, temperature for all macaw species should not fall bellow 10°C, in case of lories and lorikeets bellow 15°C.
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