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Posted 7th January 2009, 12:31 PM
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sunlight..how important, how much?


I have a sick feral that is recuperating in my home with either PMV or paratyphoid. He is doing very well and was cooing this morning.....but I have to keep this pidge locked in a bathroom without windows most of the time to keep my cat away when I am not home, and also isolation from my other pigeons.

I know its important for pigeons to get daylight, but is 20 - 30 min a day , near a window , inside a house enough??

its waaaaay to cold here right now to consider outdoors ( -10 to -20 F!)...

we are looking at 2-3 months of indoors.....not sure what else to do!


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Posted 7th January 2009, 12:39 PM
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you could always buy him a light here are some. they need alot to = just a bit of time in real sun...windows usually have uva filters

TABLE 1 - FLUORESCENT LAMPS FOR AVIAN USE
Lamp Cost Factor Color Temperature CRI Manufacturer
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TL950 Series $$ 5000 K 98 Philips Lighting
bioLIGHT LT48BE8 $$$ 5000 K 98 OTT bioLightsystems
Lumichrome 1XC $$ 5000 K 96 Lumiram
Lumichrome 1XX $$$ 6500 K 96 Lumiram
GENERAL FULL SPECTRUM
Colortone 50 $ 5000 K 92 Philips Lighting
Vita Lite Plus $$ 5500 K 91 Duro-Test
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Posted 7th January 2009, 08:50 PM
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Full spectrum light is a good alternative for this bird. I think this might be the website that Spirit Wings found for what was posted .. interesting info .. http://www.mmlights.com/bird%20lights.html

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Posted 7th January 2009, 08:53 PM
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If you could set up a cage in an open window for 20-30 minutes every other day, that would be a big help. (Make sure a predator can't reach through the bars and hurt the pigeon!)

In addition, you want to supplement his diet with vitamin D to balance the shortage of natural sunlight. Even though my birds have an outside flight pen, here in the Pacific northwest there isn't enough natural sunlight so I supplement all winter.
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Posted 7th January 2009, 09:41 PM
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I have to agree that in winter months how much sunlight is there really to soak in for the birds as here I can count the number of days with sunlight on one hand in the last 2 months
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Posted 8th January 2009, 09:18 AM
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well, um its -10 to -22 Fahrenheit here ....the windows freeze shut or open...i just dont think the cold draft would be good....the good news is hes been so lonely he started riding my arm around the house!

I think I will try to find a UV lamp, i know you can get them for little houseplants...are they safe for pigeons? I wonder if those new energy bulbs daylight ones are full spectrum?

thanks for all the tips
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Posted 8th January 2009, 09:59 AM
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well, um its -10 to -22 Fahrenheit here ....the windows freeze shut or open...i just dont think the cold draft would be good....the good news is hes been so lonely he started riding my arm around the house!

I think I will try to find a UV lamp, i know you can get them for little houseplants...are they safe for pigeons? I wonder if those new energy bulbs daylight ones are full spectrum?

thanks for all the tips
TABLE 1 - FLUORESCENT LAMPS FOR AVIAN USE
Lamp Cost Factor Color Temperature CRI Manufacturer
SPECIALTY FULL SPECTRUM
TL950 Series $$ 5000 K 98 Philips Lighting
bioLIGHT LT48BE8 $$$ 5000 K 98 OTT bioLightsystems
Lumichrome 1XC $$ 5000 K 96 Lumiram
Lumichrome 1XX $$$ 6500 K 96 Lumiram
GENERAL FULL SPECTRUM
Colortone 50 $ 5000 K 92 Philips Lighting
Vita Lite Plus $$ 5500 K 91 Duro-Test
Chroma 50 $ 5000 K 90 General Electric
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