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What if any lighting do you use in your cages and why? more specifically why that lighting?
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I was using a light. It was a bulb called vita lite. I used it because it was full spectrum and for birds specifically. It was in a normal swing arm lamp. I stopped using it because my budgie is albino and I am scared it could hurt her sensitive eyes. Also I have heard mixed things about cataracts developing. I decided to start putting a vit d supplement in the water once a week instead.
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I do the same for my sennie. Regular fixture, but full spectrum light. I have it on a timer.

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Yes mine was on a timer as well.

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I do the same for my sennie. Regular fixture, but full spectrum light. I have it on a timer.

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I have a bird in the same poicephalus family and was wondering. What kind of bulb? Did you ask your vet? How long do you leave it on for during the day?
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If you go to mysafebirdstore.com they have a selection of bulbs. She gets a couple hours a day with it.

In on my mobile otherwise I'd link you to the article someone else linked me to to determine the amount if time needed.

PS, no, I didn't ask the vet. Sammie doesn't get any natural light, so she gets this instead.

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If you go to mysafebirdstore.com they have a selection of bulbs. She gets a couple hours a day with it.

In on my mobile otherwise I'd link you to the article someone else linked me to to determine the amount if time needed.

PS, no, I didn't ask the vet. Sammie doesn't get any natural light, so she gets this instead.

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It was me. I'll include the link.

I also got my bulb at mysafe birdstore. It was the vita lite, but featherbrite is good too.

http://www.parrotislandinc.com/articles/alight.htm

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The reason I ask, my vet gave me this and told me to look it over. I did and I think I have a good idea....but it also seems like a lot. It is a good summary though.
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My living room is not very bright, and the German winters are long and dark.
So it's really necessary to have a bird lamp although the cage is standing near the window.
I use this one:

http://www.arcadia-aquatic.com/compact-bird-lamps/

It is compact, energy saving and has an electronic zero flicker tool inside.
That is important because bird's eyes see much more pictures per second that humans do.
So the average living room bulb flickers to the bird's eyes even if it full spectrum.
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