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Old 10-28-2019, 11:20 AM
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Re: Winter is Coming - Help/Advice needed!

I live where night temps rarely ever get below 35 degrees, but I used to live in the mountains and my birds have always had these:



I continue to use them year round now. July-Oct our nights are warm and I noticed the birds actively gravitated away from the warmth at night, well they seek it out the other months. So during the truly warm months I place it at the bottom of their cage. I figure this way, if they ever fall ill they will have a backup heat source. I have had to rig up a cover for the cord (on the outside of the cage) with a pvc elbow and a short pipe.

As far as UVB (full spectrum) lighting, it would seem some type of setup would be almost mandatory. I agree with the suggestion to talk to your bird club. Also, talk to reputable breeders in your area, surely they must be experts if they are able to induce breeding behaviors. Also check local bird stores or “farms” as we call them, the stores that only do birds. Right now on Craigslist there are 2 setups available with UVB lighting for under 100. I’m sure you could disinfect them if you could find something similar in your area.

And lastly, check out these resources:

Alaska Bird Club: The Alaska Bird Club (TABC)
Alaska Bird Club Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/alaskabirdclub/
Brief discussion of lighting needs and recommend products: https://www.herebird.com/avian-lighting/#uvb-lights
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Old 10-28-2019, 12:47 PM
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Re: Winter is Coming - Help/Advice needed!

When we moved from Arizona to Oregon some years ago, we started using 5500K bulbs for our amazon in the rainy months (can be bought at any hardware store or online). He is usually much perkier when it’s on. I turn on the light fixture above his cage for a few hours a day. We also have a huge SAD lamp in our office, which we use because of it’s brightness (like opening the window on a sunny day bright) and he spends a fair amount of time in there with us with that light source too. We don’t use that lamp “as recommended” sitting directly in front of it for short periods. We leave it on for hours at a time while working but have it sitting up on a high shelf illuminating the whole room instead of right in front of our face. While it’s nice not to work in a dimly lit cave, I also never did care for sitting extremely close to an extremely bright light. No one (bird or human) has seemed to ever be affected by the gloomy winters here and I suspect part of the reason is we’ve been using sunlight replacements for all the time we’ve lived here. Links below for the SAD lamp we use:

https://www.amazon.com/Day-Light-Cla...4TFA31REQESKAX
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Re: Winter is Coming - Help/Advice needed!

I purchased an Avian light/bulb to use in Arizona during the colder months. I purchased the Avian Adjustable Floor Lamp for Bird & Zoo Med AvianSun 5.0 UVB Compact Fluorescent Bulb off of Amazon.

The light is on during the day, from the time I uncover Rin to the time we put him to bed. Though he is not in his cage all day long, its on.

When his new perch gets here today, I will likely move the light to over his perch, so he can spend more time outside of his cage.

I have seen noticeable changes to his feathers since we started to use the light. Good Luck. I love Alaska and was stationed on Adak in the mid-80's!!
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