Will Bright Full Spectrum Lighting Cause My Bird to Go Blind?

Rob K. has a “Light question”

 

Mitch, I have read much and understood all of your points about lighting.

 

My bird is a Congo African Grey.

 

My concern is that I have also read articles about the danger of eye damage such as cataracts from such closeness and intensity of the light. At the equator, high noon footcandles range from 9-10,000 and cycle up and down moonlight to moonlight (.01 FC @ full moon) and between dawn & dusk (10 FC).

 

I have a full spectrum bulb in my ceiling 5′ above his cage.

 

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How Do I Reduce My Male Budgies Aggression?

I look forward to getting your email every Sunday and reading it has become as much a ritual as the old Sunday paper.

 

And now I have a question for you.

 

Thunder and Lightning are my bonded parakeets.

 

I’ve had them for years.

 

Last summer I saw more and more breeding activity, so I bought a box and let nature take its course.

 

Thunder laid four eggs, one of which was fertilized.

 

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A Better Bird Video Series For Training Birds And Their Humans

Just as the name implies, this is a series of quick and easy ways to help your birds stay happy and healthy around the clock.

 

This is a series of short but incisive ideas you can apply today bringing you closer to bird care nirvana.

 

The number of things necessary to provide foraging enrichment for your birds can be found in a series of quick and simple ideas.

 

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What Should I Do for a Hormonal Male Caique, 17 Years Old?

Donna L. asks:

 

What should I do for a hormonal male caique, 17 years old?

 

Screaming while holding a toy with his beak on the cage bottom or screaming while hanging on the cage bars, screaming at 2:30 AM.

 

Losing weight, killing any toy he can find, and just starting to pick at his chest and bottom of his foot.

 

Editor’s note: I suggest a magnified visual of both feet bottoms seeking any sores or irritations. Endnote

 

Stopped eating his pellets (Harrisons), I have combined them with other pellets, not interested. Will eat them if I soak them in water and mix them with cooked bird rice and spaghetti.

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What Are Feather Stress Bars? Does Your Bird Have Them?

If you’ve ever noticed strange lines running perpendicular (across) the shafts of your bird’s feathers these are what are called “stress bars”.

 

They are particularly noticeable when your bird is molting and are harder to see if the feathers are still on the bird. 

 

A bird’s feathers can be a great indicator of its overall health.
The growth of feathers requires a broad spectrum of nutrients and if how the bird is getting its nutrients into its body is disrupted while the feathers develop, feather stress bars can be produced.

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Do You Think Lupron Would Help or Hurt My Cockatiels Behavior?

Joanne F. wonders aloud,

 

Been reading your blog about the effects of Lupron on female birds for egg-laying.

 

My vet is suggesting these injections for my male white face cockatiel, “Pico”.

 

Pico is literally like Jekyll and Hyde.

 

Very loving but can turn on you in a nanosecond.

 

He is so highly hormonal that almost anything is perceived as a potential mate.

 

Feet, sneakers, plastic Kind bar wrappers……the list is expanding.

 

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Did a 6 Week Absence Cause My Budgie’s Negative Behavior?

Hi Mitch,

 

My name is Barbara T, and you and I just spoke re my parakeet, Ricky, who has been treated by an Avian specialist, Gloria Goodman, VMD (website: avianexoticvetpa.com), for mites since July 2nd, 2020.  

 

As I told you, I had surgery and my sister took care of the bird from May 12th through June 28th. 

 

I noticed immediately that his face looked like it had rot on it and he seemed “antsy”—pecking on his feathers and rubbing his head, especially around the eye area, on the cage. 

 

I called the vet and she saw him on July 2nd. 

 

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Airports Use LEDs for Bird Avoidance, What’s Over Your Cage?

Hi Renée,

 

It’s understandable to be confused about lighting as it relates to birds.

 

I want to offer some background first.

 

RE:  I asked Mark, the owner about his LED’s flickering and this is what he said, “Mostly an old wives’ tale. AC (alternating current) does cause a flicker when it alternates direction, there are no studies that I know of that show this is bad for birds.

Those stories came out when people first started using LED’s because people just HATE new things and will make up anything to discredit them. Florescent bulbs flicker WAY more than AC led’s.

However, my LED’s are 12VDC (direct current) so there is absolutely NO flickering.”

 

I get that a lot (the DC current doesn’t flicker, thing), lets start with:

 

Editor’s note:  LED pet bird lights plug into a 120-volt wall socket. The 120-volt current steps down to 12v DC with a transformer inside the LED lighting fixture Endnote

 

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