The location and size of the cage can cause symptoms of heat stress in birds. This happens in overheated cages. The small size of the cage will be vulnerable to exposure to the sun so easily appear heat stress symptoms in birds. You should not hang the bird for too long. To avoid the symptoms of heat stress in birds, you should dry the bird in the morning or evening.
Symptoms of Heat Stress in birds
Birds that inhabit a hot cage will suffer from heat stress symptoms in birds. If birds suffering from heat stress will show the following characteristics:
Birds will widen both wings. The bird’s beak opens so it looks like it is pumping with a gasping breath. Birds flap or spread the wings to remove heat from the body.
It differentiates between humans. Humans who have sweat glands so that body heat is released through sweat. Birds do not have sweat glands, so the body heat is released by pumping out through his body.
(for detail see article : Effects of Heat Stress on Health and How to Recognize Heat Stress)
If the bird is suffering heat stress for too long, the eyes look like a teary (watery). Birds become unresponsive to external stimuli like noise. Birds will suffer heat stroke if the symptoms are allowed to continue.
Clinical symptoms of heat stroke include birds jumping up and down from the perch to the bottom of the cage or birds swirling in the perch. Furthermore, the grip of birds will weaken and fall. The climax of birds will suffer from convulsions, due to the presence of clots in the blood vessels. A blood clot that prevents blood flow to various organs of the bird’s body, including to the brain.
Therefore, in doing the drying, you should be more careful and careful. Each bird has a different adaptability.
How to Overcome Heat Stress
If the bird shows symptoms of heat stress, you can move the bird cage in the shade. You can help with a fan or air conditioner. If a little heavy, you can wet the birds to the tub, or sprayed with a water spray.
Birds that often suffer from heat stress will make the bird’s immune system weakened in the long run. Often birds suffer from various health problems that are not easily detected. Birds will stop the chirp in the short term.
You should give first aid by bathing them in cold water but do not use ice water. Try to get the water directly on the bird’s skin. Cold water and a cool atmosphere can have a very good effect on the skin and reduce heat in the body.
There are other factors that can cause the bird to suffer heat stress in addition to the sun’s heat. You place a birdcage near a car engine, a kitchen heat sink and a poorly ventilated room can cause heat stress symptoms in birds.