I keep my birds in a room with the heat set at 77 degrees. They have a humidifier so it feels like a sauna in there, but they are VERY happy! A few times this winter our electricity has gone out. This has not happened for years in our area. As I found out, when the power goes out, their heater thermostat--an oil filled portable, goes off and doesn't come back on when the power does. So I've looked into electric convection heaters with battery back-up. Found them for as low as $69.99. Anyone have a better way to deal with this problem?
They live in a large, enclosed back porch room that is surrounded on 3 sides by windows. When the heat goes out, on our coldest night, it took about an hour before the temp dropped 10 degrees. I'm in Seattle and we've had some cold weather lately--into the teens. (Of course that is when the heat first went out.) Thankfully, I awoke to the screams of some very verbal birds! Their discomfort alarmed me, and I just can't tolerate this happening again.
All suggestions welcome.