Artificial Lighting for Birds?
Posted 07 June 2012 - 05:53 PM
suppose where you live the sun does not shine for some reason, do you substitute your bird's need for sunlight with lamp?
I've recently learned that fluorescent lamp tubes can be used to grow plants indoor, because their color temperature and spectrum is similar to sunlight, like 5500K is like early sun and 6500K is like morning to midday sun... I'm still amazed by this discovery, but is wondering will birds also benefit from these lamps?
Also, what about using bulbs? like those used for incubation or warming sick animals (warm white color)?
Can birds benefit from that too?
Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:11 AM
Too much vitamin D can lead to kidney damage (from vitamin D toxicosis).
In addition, in order for a parrot to be able to produce any Vitamin D from a full spectrum light they have to be very close to it. Some places recommend distances of only a couple of feet.
Parrots do have a wider spectrum of vision than we do seeing into the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum. They also see "faster" than we do. We usually see things blur together at about 60 cycles per second while parrots see at 100 cycles per second. So a high-speed full spectrum ﬂuorescent bulb does seem to have some effect on behaviour. I know that my parrots seem to be much calmer and less "spooky" when I use full spectrum lighting - but this is simply anecdotal evidence.
Posted 14 June 2012 - 02:17 AM
Two Nameless Miniature Doves (they don't come when I call anyway)
Makenzie a Hahn's Macaw (loves hiding in a book bag)
Mardy a Greenwing Macaw (comes without being asked)
Posted 30 June 2012 - 07:52 PM
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