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This is an interesting question. I know that like with us, vitamin D is very important to our FID’s health. I also know, like us, the biggest source of the vitamin D is from the sun. Unfortunately, most windows block out the majority of UV rays that produce the vitamin D. It seems to make sense to me that they could get enough Vitamin D strictly from 100% diet alone, but I don't know if it can be done.
I originally purchased those Avian Sun lamp floor lamps. They extend up to 7 feet tall. But the boom will not go over the top of my cages without setting the lamp on a table next to the cage. So, I set up a dome fixture hanging above both cages and used a full spectrum UV 25 watt bulb in them. I think the bulbs are made by a company called Feather Bright. Both lights are set on a timer so they go on and off automatically every day.
I like the lights for other reasons too. One of my hobbies is photography in many forms. I just love taking pictures and with the lights, I get more natural coloring. I don’t have to startle my birds since I don’t need to use a flash.
I am Will (and These are my FIDs.)
Favorite quote - Katniss’ father used to always say “You'll never starve as long as you find yourself.” He was referring to the edible plant that grows in ponds for which she was named after.