What is the proper amount of UV-a and UV-B that is needed to promote a bird's health?

What is the proper amount of UV-a and UV-B that is needed to promote a bird's health?

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Jun 28, 2012
Proper amount of full spectrum lighting for birds
by: The Avian Vet

I recommend that they get 2-3 hours in the morning, and the same in the afternoon, given in two separate sessions.

Dr B

Jun 27, 2012
What is the proper amount of UV-a and UV-B that is needed to promote a bird's health?
by: Linda

At least 4 hours per day, and this is provided with full spectrum lighting not full sunlight because of the dangers involved in being left in the sun.

Our Amazons have their lights on all day, and they are older, separated and not breeding, so it does not hurt them. Their lights are hung above their cages high enough up so there is no possibility of them getting to the lights or cords.

Make sure you are buying full spectrum lights, and you will not find them at home improvement stores. The ones they have are colored and not full spectrum. The full spectrum lights need to be changed out at least once a year whether they burn out or not as they lose their ability to provide the full spectrum within one year. Some people say 6 months.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

PS The full spectrum lights are absolutely necessary for any birds in the house because full spectrum light does not come in through windows. All that comes in through window glass is red, yellow and blue which may keep a flowering plant alive and may not.Putting birds in sunlight is not recommended because it is too strong, has dangerous rays and can cause heat stroke.

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