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I need advice on full spectrum lighting. Any help would be appreciated! :)

Keep in mind that my 3 year old Buster is a chronic egg layer, so this probably makes the situation trickier...maybe. , Her vet advised full spectrum lighting on a timer for 2-4 hours a day.

I'm thinking of purchasing this and setting up a fixture (safely of course) above her cage. http://www.mysafebirdstore.com/product.cgi?group=3677&product=13495

Thanks again,
Audra Marie
 

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Full spectrum lighting and hormone control aren't mutually exclusive. You're only planning to use the FS light for 4 hours a day which leaves 20 hours when you can do something else.

We have a sticky on FS lighting at http://talkcockatiels.com/showthread.php?t=27549 and a sticky on hormone control at http://talkcockatiels.com/showthread.php?t=32330 Both should be helpful!

I have no idea how good this brand is. I've read that when it was Vita-Lite, it was a high-quality US brand that was manufactured in China but built to US specifications. But the US company went bankrupt. Now that the brand name has been changed to Vital-Lamp, it's still made in the same factory but isn't under US control. So maybe it's still a good-quality bulb and maybe it isn't.
 

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Thank you so much! I'm going to print off both articles to have at home. :D
I've been working with her diet because she's very picky. I've introduced more foraging and am more so encouraging her play with toys. She hasn't taken well to toys...most times she gets scared or angry at them.

I actually ordered this bulb instead: http://www.mysafebirdstore.com/product.cgi?group=3677&product=4245

Before I couldn't take her (inside the cage) outside because there were some wild cats running around, and she gets nervous to begin with. The cats have been adopted, and I'm going to start taking her cage outside to sit with me on the porch. I'm thinking that I'll only take her out for a small amount of time (maybe 15 minutes?) at first then gradually increase the amount of time when she starts getting comfortable.

I live in the middle of nowhere surrounded by crops/corn fields. So, when I've previously taken Buster outside her allergies are aggravated causing her to sneeze. When would the best time to take her out be?
 

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I've used the featherbrite and it works well.

As to when to take her out, probably would be best when there is less pollen around as it sounds like that's what she's allergic to. I'm not really sure when that would be though.
 

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It would be best to take her out after rainfall because there are less allergens aerolized. That probably won't be daily, so your best bet would be using the FSL. I've also had good luck with Featherbrite.
 

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A lot of indoor birds are freaked out when they first start spending time outside, and I suspect that part of the reason for it is that the UVA in sunlight lets them see colors that they never saw before. Birds can see into the near-UVA part of the spectrum which is invisible to us, and ordinary light bulbs don't emit this wavelength. The UVA in the full spectrum bulb may startle your birds at first too - the room will look pretty much the same to you, but there may be things that will look different to them. Your plan to start out slow with the outdoor exposure and gradually work up is good, and you may need to do the same thing with the full spectrum light.
 
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