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Help with lighting!

jakedowl10

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Hi guys, first post here, anyway i'm getting a new baby in 3 days and I wanted to get an avian light for him because as far as I know they're important, problem is I can't find any for sale near me, none of the bird specialist shops i've found have them and none of the lights on amazon ship here. So it's hard because in Ireland bird keeping isn't our strongpoint, most people buy a bird and keep them in a cage, so what I wanted to know was, are there any substitutes for avian lamps, even a reptile lamp I could use??
 

Mizzely

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Skip the bulb and take your bird outside in a carrier for unfiltered sunlight a few times a week when possible and feed pallets fortified wht Vitamin d3 year round.

The lights are inconsistent, when they do produce UVB its only for up to 6 months and only 6 to 12 inches from the bulb, which if your bird is that close, potentially could burn your bird's retinas.
 

WallyLoopey

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I use reptisun bulbs for my birds and reptiles. They are fluorescent. Mark the date on your foxture and replace after 6 months. You can still use the bulb for standard lighting, the uv just won’t be effective.
 
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