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Old 01-31-2012, 01:11 AM
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This is a great post! Learn something new everyday I will have to look into the water drops as it is too cold up here in northern ontario to let the birds get sunlight outside

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Wow! As soon as I finished reading this I placed two heat lamps near the flocks cages! Will a heat lamp work as well? Or do I need something more special? But wowowwowowow! Great post! Karma!
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You need full spectrum lighting which should contain UVA, UVB and UVC and they globes need to be changed every 6 months as the UV depletes. But you only need 15 to 20 minutes of direct sunlight per day for them to produce sufficient D3. Or give them a D3 supplement. The one from Vetafarm is specifically developed for Budgies. It is called Soluvite D and can be purchased by mail order over the internet. You will need to get onto the Vetafarm International website. I can't give you the link as I am in Australia and cannot access the International site.
 
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Nuuki get's plenty of sunlight, which is a relief! Great post, Kate. I'm glad I can count on you for great articles like this
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I was using plant lights, can anyone explain to me the difference between bulbs designed for growing plants indoors and avian lights. I can buy the avian ones online if they are superior.
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Plant lights don't contain all the UV's. From memory they only have UVA and UVC and the most important one for birds is UVB which plant lights don't have.
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so if our budgies are placed in doors in a cage they will be sickly and die because they don't get any natural sunlight? i have my guy placed near a window, but apparently the UV rays don't come through the glass? so should i open the window next to his cage? and let a natural breeze come through and some sunlight in that way? my hermit crabs have lived just fine by being next to a window and getting natural sunlight that way. now i'm questioning all my animals and that they don't get any UV rays from the sun. Maybe that's why i'm so tired all the time. i don't get outside enough. :/
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Plant lights don't contain all the UV's. From memory they only have UVA and UVC and the most important one for birds is UVB which plant lights don't have.
Do you have a picture of what you use, the box it comes in. They may have it at my pet store.
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Kristy they can be more prone to disease and illness if they are not getting enough D3. It effects their immune system. And yes the same applies to humans. Over here we had what was called The Slip, Slop, Slap advertising. This was slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat. It worked so well that people stopped getting enough sunlight. As a consequence they may not be getting skin cancer but the incidence of osteoporosis has increased. The lack of sunlight has also been linked with auto immune diseases like MS. I know I don't get in the sun enough so I take a D3 supplement daily. Before I started taking it I had a wart on a finger that had been there for years and I could not get rid of it. About 1 month after starting the D3 the wart just dropped off. As long as there is no fly screen over the window they should be ok with the window open to get sunlight. Fly screen also filters out the UVB. If not either take them outside in their cage for 15 minutes regularly or give them a D3 supplement like Soluvite D. It is water soluble so just goes in the water.

Frenchie nearly all my birds are in outside aviaries and cages so they get sufficient natural sunlight. I had a problem with a couple of birds that I hand raised a few years ago. They were inside until it was warm enough to go out or to go for sale. They had calcium fits. That is where they are not getting enough sunlight to absorb the calcium in their diet and they can start throwing fits. I started them on a course of supplement and the fitting stopped and I did not have any further problems with them. So any birds that I have inside now will get a mineral supplement with D3 in it. It is a powder and I just mix some through their seed. And they are usually only inside for handraising and weaning until it is either warm enough to go outside or go to their new owners who I warn to make sure they get enough sun.

So I don't need to use full spectrum lighting. Full spectrum lighting is also not very easy to get in Australia.
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http://www.holisticbird.org/pages/elighting.htm

This link was posted in another thread about lighting. Now I am confused most people suggested to buy lighting at the pet store for reptiles and now a new thread posted this link. It seems some other type of lighting is better.
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