Best of 2011 – Care of Chickens and other birds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2011, we found there was a revival of interest in raising chickens in as natural a way as possible. This may well be in response to media images of caged chickens kept in battery farms. So when so many people started to think about raising a couple of chickens at home, they needed information on best care conditions. Hence the two articles we wrote this year on care of chickens.

 


Chickens, food miles and light quality.
Raising healthy chickens – why light matters.

 

But chickens aren’t the only birds where light quality is important and our weekly roundup of Full-Spectrum light news was rarely without a mention of care of a bird species. From finches to parrots to pigeons to parakeets to canaries – we found reference to how light matters for many different bird species. If you missed any of these references during the year, we’ve listed them below.

 

CHICKENS
We weren’t the only ones writing about care of chickens last year.

 

How To Raise Chickens In Your Urban or Country Backyard
I think 18 hours of light is very unnatural. Even in Michigan in the summer we have about 16 hours at the very most. I have always had good egg production and I can say that I have only had the full spectrum light on in the coop for 12 hours at a time. Any more and they get cranky with me!

 

How to: Artificial Light to Make Chickens Lay More Eggs
Choose between incandescent, fluorescent and halogen lights. If you opt for fluorescent or halogen, you’ll need to choose bulbs that generate a natural full-spectrum light.

 

How To Raise Chickens In Your Urban or Country Backyard
Q. Does it matter if the light is fluorescent, filament, heat lamp, full spectrum or LED? A.I have been told that full spectrum is the way to go. Supposed to be good for people too, to run off the winter blahs.

 

PARROTS
African Grey Parrot
I brought home a Congo African Grey last month; he/she is now about 4 1/2 months old and seems to be doing very well. Is on a primarily pelleted diet (mix of Harrison’s and Zupreem) and absolutely loves fresh veggies and other foods such as scrambled egg. I have a full spectrum light on for part of the day and the bird has also had a vet visit (I work at an avian vet) and will be going back next week for some blood testing

 

Breeding Large Parrots in Indoor Cages – Tricky but Possible
Use light timers to mimic the photoperiod that occurs in your pet’s natural habitat, and be sure to provide full spectrum lighting; bear in mind that window glass filters-out beneficial UVA and UVB radiation.

 

How to choose proper lighting for your parrot
If you own a parrot, chances are it has crossed your mind as to whether or not enough lighting is being provided for your feathered friends and what type of lighting would best meet their needs.

 

Do I Need Full Spectrum Lighting for My Parrot?
It provides lighting that is much closer to the type of light a parrot would receive in its natural environment. By doing this, you can provide for the overall health of the bird in many ways.

 

CANARIES
When Your Canary Molts – Care and Diet Tips | That Bird Blog
If your Canary is molting in winter or spring, try limiting its day to 8-10 hours of light, and keep the temperature at 68-70F. Full spectrum light (please see article below) is also helpful in establishing normal cycles and supports …

 

PIGEONS
Pigeon Talk – Newbie questions about room light and feeding
Should I leave any light on at night?or Do I need to be sure to turn off the room light when it gets dark outside, or can I leave it on until 10 PM in the evening! I read some threads on full spectrum light and night lights and now I am confused as what is appropriate for an indoor pigeon.

 

PARAKEETS
Parakeet Breeding – Part Two
Ensure that you cover the cage having a dark cloth as soon as it’s sundown and maintain it covered for 12 hours. Eliminate the cloth within the early morning. Offer for a full spectrum light bulb as it assists within the vitamin D formation.

 

FINCHES
Color Loss in the Strawberry Finch or Red Avadavat – Part 2 | That ...
Full spectrum light may also play a role. For some reason, breeders considered this to important to the Strawberry Finch’s care years before its role in bird husbandry was fully appreciated. Certainly, many have noticed that the plumage…

 

Cage Requirements for Finches
Place the finches’ cage at eye level on a sturdy surface in a room that receives plenty of natural light but away from direct sunlight or drafts. If there is not much natural light in the room, meet the birds’ light requirements with a full-spectrum light with a timer, recreating natural sunlight and darkness patterns.

 

GENERIC BIRDCARE
Tea and Feathers
Combine their sociable natures with the fact that I have a daylight bulb in the lamp next to me for knitting purposes (Birds can see ultraviolet light – they have a rather expensive full-spectrum avian bulb near their cage – and clearly enjoy natural light. They’ll sunbathe if the light’s streaming in from outside, but it’s October and the light is weak and watery outside.)

 

Bring Pet Birds Outside
That said, there are many people who work full time an hour or more away from home and simply cannot fit time outdoors into their weekday schedule. In that case, the next best bet is to provide your bird with full-spectrum lighting. Interestingly, a bird’s vision includes the ultraviolet spectrum, so they can see the UV light that is invisible to humans.

 

full spectrum lighting – distances
How should I determine the distance above a bird to locate a full-spectrum light? What does one do about getting light close enough to birds in cages that are 4-6 feet tall?

 

Bird Term of the Day: UVA & UVB
If natural light is unavailable, another choice is full-spectrum lighting, which mimics the sun’s rays, providing both UVA and UVB rays. The right type of full-spectrum light can make it almost like your pet bird has its own little sun right in your house.

 

A Rainbow Lorikeet’s Habitat
Like all birds, rainbow lorikeets require a natural lighting cycle as well as natural lighting. Natural sunlight contains UVB rays, which are necessary for birds to produce vitamin D.

 

Essential lighting for a healthier bird
Select full spectrum bulbs designed specifically for birds and look for bulbs that emit light in the ultra violet wavelength. These bulbs replicate natural sunlight to provide all the beneficial properties of sunlight

 

Rooster gets his full spectrum light
I try to give my birds some time under the full spectrum lamp, since I don’t take them outside much anymore. They need sunshine (or a full spectrum lamp) to produce vitamin D.

 

Full Spectrum Lighting
Recently, I’ve been re-examining the way I provide my birds with full spectrum light. According to research I’ve been doing, full spectrum tube lighting is more beneficial then compact fluorescent lights (CFL’s).

 

Simple, Effective Ways to Heat your Bird’s Cage or Bird Room
Light is important to birds for reasons other than heat generation. More and more studies are showing that UVA and UVB radiation helps maintain strong immune systems, and encourages natural activity levels and breeding.

 

 

Related posts:

  1. Chickens, food miles and light quality.
  2. Raising healthy chickens – why light matters.
  3. Full-Spectrum Light (issue 38)
  4. Full-Spectrum Light (issue 26)
  5. Best of 2011 – Sleep

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