I was (still am) an avid reptile enthusiast and knew about the absolute need for UVB lamps for reptiles that are kept indoors. Sun loving, and outdoors, those that are kept constantly inside don’t get what they need from the sun. Namely, UVB light that helps create vitamin D3 in their system which helps them absorb calcium and regulate their day and night cycles.
It didn’t surprise me to find out that birds need this too. I know that UVB lamps range from 2.0, 5.0, 8.0 and 10.0 (the latter, for desert reptiles), so a 5.0 bulb would do the trick for my little guy. I made sure to only have a small portion of his cage lit (small fixture and small 5.0 lamp), so that he could get away from the “sun” if he wanted to. P.S. These emit a negligent amount of heat (only to the touch – and not hot), so excessive heat was not a worry.
And guess what? HE LOVES IT!!!!! He went right underneath it as soon as I turned it on.
Maryse: Put up his light for the first time today and he took a bath and is sitting right under it.
Eric: 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 But I didn’t hear any singing?
Maryse: Yeah he’s not singing since I came home? He was singing this morning… we’ll see. But he took his bath so that’s a good sign!
Maryse: The whining you hear in the video was Pim because if I do baby voice it must be for her 🙄😂 LOL!!!
Maryse: Right now he just started whistling like a cat caller? GASP!! Where’d he learn that??? 😛
I got him used to it slowly however. In fact, I left the light on, in the fixture on my counter for the first day to “burn it in”. Back in my reptile days, I heard this was necessary at first with a brand new bulb. I’m not sure if that’s still true nowadays, but I won’t take chances.
The first week, I only lit it for an hour or so on his cage… so as not too freak him out or overwhelm him with the extra light, and to monitor that it wasn’t affecting negatively, and slowly, I’ve built up the time it stays on. And so far, SO GOOD!! 😀
Maryse: He’s singing like crazy now. 😊
Maryse: Darnit! He just clued in I was recording him. Goof.