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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A Congo Greys Companion’s Feather Plucking Questions Answered

First name: Peggy C.

 

How long has your bird been plucking? 

 

Approximately 7 years 

 

Species (please be specific, there are 43 species of Macaws) 

 

Congo African Grey parrot

 

Your bird’s sex if (known) by DNA or feather color (dimorphic bird)? 

 

Female 

 

Your bird’s age? 

 

19 

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Is Lafeber Avi-era Superior to Nekton-S for an Avian Vitamin?

Michael G. asks,

 

Mitch, you spoke about vitamins today, specifically Lafeber Avi-Era.

 

You’ve approved the diet for Big Boy Grey and Little Girl Grey.

 

I always used Nekton-S in their water until I learned from you about using a bigger amount of pellets and fewer seeds.

 

They eat each well and seem to enjoy their overall diet with fresh fruits and veggies for “lunch” each day.

 

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