Ask Lafeber


May 31, 2022

How do I set up heating lamp for a 4 to 5 week cockatiel

I have a 4 to 5 week old lutino cockatiel. I got it a few days ago and I was wondering how I would setup my heating lamp. I do not have a thermostat available and it would take weeks to get as I live in an area that has none. So how high up should my bulb be and what watts should the bulb be in theory



Unless you keep your home very cold, the bird does not need a heat source. Heat lamps are not ideal, because some are coated with a chemical that gives off toxic fumes when it gets hot and can kill the bird. A heating pad set on low, under the cage is better. But at our bird’s age, it should have all of its feathers and again, not need a heat source. You can cover part of the cage to protect him from drafts if needed.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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