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Old 10-27-2019, 02:29 PM
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Hello y'all!

I am a new parront living in Fairbanks, Alaska. I am new to Alaska, and especially to caring for a parrot in Alaska! I have a 2(ish) year old GCC named Mochi. I adopted her 3 weeks ago from a family in Anchorage that was moving to Florida and could not keep her. We just had her first avian vet appointment on Thursday and opted DNA sexing so I should find out this week whether or not she is *actually* a she.

Anyway, the vet did recommend "full spectrum" lighting with a timer, but she could not think of any specific brands off the top of her head. I am posting here to see if anyone else lives at relatively high latitude and has to supplement sunlight for their babies. I didn't ask the vet anything about light placement, strength, or things to watch out for. I have done some searching here and elsewhere on the internet and it seems like there are some conflicting opinions about what to do and what not to do. Some people even recommend not using artificial light at all, but I feel like I should since the avian vet recommended it. The thing here is, winter means only a couple hours of daylight. So even humans need artificial UV lights to keep our spirits up! Also, sub-zero temperatures mean I cannot take her outside at all even for those few precious minutes of solar bliss. So, if you have a set up that has worked well for you in the winter please, please, please, give me some tips! I'd like to get her set up within the week because it is getting dark here QUICK.

I also plan on implementing a humidifier/air purifier/ heater combo for her in the living room to make things more comfortable. Teflon-free parts of course. Anything else I should look out for there?

Thanks so much for anything y'all can offer! Mochi and I really appreciate it!!

Cheers!

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Old 10-27-2019, 02:42 PM
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Re: Winter is Coming - Help/Advice needed!

So, unfortunately I do not know of any uv light that is appropriate for birds, however just making sure Mochi gets the appropriate number of hours of light would probably be a big help. Also, having lived in the far north, I know that most people up there tend to keep their homes in the low 60’s during the winter unlike those of us in the lower 48 who tend towards the low 70’s. You might consider a supplemental heat source for Mochi. I know she comes from Anchorage but there is still a significant temperature difference compared to Fairbanks. Also, beware of drafts from the door when entering or leaving your home. Best of luck to you!

P.S.- If you are new to Fairbanks you ABSOLUTELY MUST try a restaurant called Wolf Run. I’m pretty sure it’s still there and it’s right near the university!
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Re: Winter is Coming - Help/Advice needed!

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So, unfortunately I do not know of any uv light that is appropriate for birds, however just making sure Mochi gets the appropriate number of hours of light would probably be a big help. Also, having lived in the far north, I know that most people up there tend to keep their homes in the low 60’s during the winter unlike those of us in the lower 48 who tend towards the low 70’s. You might consider a supplemental heat source for Mochi. I know she comes from Anchorage but there is still a significant temperature difference compared to Fairbanks. Also, beware of drafts from the door when entering or leaving your home. Best of luck to you!

P.S.- If you are new to Fairbanks you ABSOLUTELY MUST try a restaurant called Wolf Run. I’m pretty sure it’s still there and it’s right near the university!
Thanks so much for the heads up! My partner and I keep talking about going there, it's right down the street! We just moved up here from Port Angeles, by the way, so you and I were Peninsula neighbors! We went to Central Market all the time.
So, do you think just the lights in the house are sufficient for keeping her happy? I usually turn on lower lights when I first wake her up and make her chop, then while she's eating I gradually turn on the other lights in the apartment. I just want to make sure winter is as easy for her as possible.
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Re: Winter is Coming - Help/Advice needed!

Oh wow this is so cool! I'd love to hear about how you go about manageing a parrot in the far north! How very interesting!


Something to keep in mind about UV: exposed skin(around the eyes, say) can get sunburnt.
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Oh wow this is so cool! I'd love to hear about how you go about manageing a parrot in the far north! How very interesting!


Something to keep in mind about UV: exposed skin(around the eyes, say) can get sunburnt.
Thanks for that! UV "Happy Lights" are for us lowly humans, not for the fid specifically. The vet just recommended "full spectrum" lights. I will give updates about how things go with Mochi up here!

Interesting side note, as a scientist, "full spectrum" to me means everything on the electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves to microwaves to infrared to visible light to UV to X-rays to gramma rays. I'm certain the vet wouldn't prescribe that for a bird I'm guessing she meant full visible spectrum, but trying to figure out what is best is proving difficult.
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Re: Winter is Coming - Help/Advice needed!

So unfortunately, “full spectrum” does not mean anything specific as far as lighting goes. Most are aiming for “simulates light from the sun in the VISIBLE spectrum” so no UVA or UVB. Again unfortunately, UV lights are rather hit or miss as far as whether they actually emit a useful amount or the proper kind of UV. Also, UV drops off rapidly with distance so most UV lights are not rated for more than 12” from the animal.
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Re: Winter is Coming - Help/Advice needed!

Oops posted on wrong thread lol
This is a great radiant heat panal best thing ever
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Re: Winter is Coming - Help/Advice needed!

When it was time to change out my CFL bulbs I went to Daylight spectrum LED bulbs

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Re: Winter is Coming - Help/Advice needed!

BTW beautiful GCC!! Congratulations! And what did previous owners do about light?
It is a tricky subject and I hope someone posts answers... As I'm curious too
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Re: Winter is Coming - Help/Advice needed!

Don't know if these are good or not but here is a link
https://www.featherbrite.com/?gclid=...SAAEgIfMPD_BwE
Also perhaps you can contact the Alaska bird club and see what others do in your situation?
http://www.alaskabirdclub.org/index.shtml
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