|Photo © LafeberVet.com|
Budgies are often housed indoors and never see the sunlight. Even if you put the cage next to a window, they will not benefit from it, because the window acts as a filter that blocks the benefits of the sun, such as Vitamin D3. I have written a post on this topic before, because it's really important for budgies.
Vitamin D3 is crucial for an overall good health, but it helps in particular to make your budgies resistant against the following problems:
- Breeding/reproduction-related problems, such as egg binding and soft shell eggs, or chick death.
- Physical abnormalities, such as poor bone health, overgrown beak, splayed legs, seizures, stargazing or feather plucking.
"Vitamin D protects against cancer in several ways: it increases the self-destruction of mutated cells; it reduces the spread and reproduction of cancer cells; it reduces the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones, which is a step in the transition of dormant tumors turning cancerous."
|Photo © LMP Loyd on flickr|
Budgies enjoy real sunlight and if you can provide that on a daily basis, that would be the best and least expensive way to go! Many owners relocate their birds in an outdoor aviary, or they put the cage outside for half an hour per day or so. This is what we also do, but the weather conditions in Belgium haven't been so favourable lately. In this case, full-spectrum lighting is a good alternative.
How do I get an avian sun and how much does it cost?
I ordered mine through my avian vet and the light bulb cost me about 50 EUR or 40 GBP. The UVB and UVA emissions last 6 months. I still need to get the floor lamp, although I think you can get some models that you can attach to the cage itself. The important thing is that you always provide both sun and shadow for your birds, so that they have a choice. Remember that your birds need approximately 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness at night. Some models will simulate dawn and dusk with a slow brightening and dimming and can be placed on a timer for daily consistency.
The instructions about correct lamp/light distance and so on, can all be found in the manual to the Avian Sun.
|Photo © Zoo med|
If you want to read more, here's a couple of links to the UV lamp that we've got: