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Message #3471. This is a followup to #3470.

Name:Margaret
Date:Friday August 5, 2005 8:10:21 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Humidifiers
Message:Hi, I've been enjoying your posts about the progress you've been making with Ziggy. How wonderful!

I don't use a humidifier. A humidifier is just one more thing to keep clean and disinfected to ensure your bird's health.

I let my birds bathe as often as they like by providing a shallow bathing dish (sometimes they use their water cups anyway). When the time comes for the central heat to come on, I will take them to the bathroom a couple times a week, in addition to the regular access to a shallow bathing dish, and put them on a shower perch while I run the shower and get the room nice and steamy while misting them with the water mister, aiming above their heads and letting it fall on them like rain. Bathing is best done earlier in the day rather than later, especially in the winter, so that the bird is warm and dry before it goes to bed, a time when temps are often cooler in the home.

Another thing I might do is to boil a pot of water in the kitchen once in a while if the air is especially dry. I do keep a humidity gauge in the birds area so I know what the humidity is.

Other things you can do to help is keep your bird away from the heater ducts where the air is most dry. Remember to change filters and keep ducts clean to help avoid dispersing bacteria throughout the home also.

This works for me and nobody picks feathers or seems to have any adverse reactions or problems with this system.

There are also some humidifiers that boil the water that goes through their system and some have UV protection as well to help kill bacteria so that you aren't dispersing that into the air along with the warm moist air.

This info should help you to keep your bird comfortable and healthy throughout the winter season. I hope this was helpful to you.

ziggysmom wrote:
> Do you all use them? What kind. I see the ads for the warm mist ones
> in the Bird magazines and am wondering about that. I live in
> Wisconsin and even though it is hotter than a snowballs chance in
> ecuador around here, soon it will be time to heat up the office.....

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