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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2005 11:37 am    Post subject: Sunlight

Is it a necessity ? My birds love to cling on areas where the sun reaches, and I mean direct sunlight. Is it imprescindible to our birds ?
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2005 2:42 pm    Post subject:

Like most living things, sunlight is a requirement for healthy living...
ppl get depressed in winter, plants go yellow, some reptiles/animals will hibernate etc etc I think is vitamin a or d that comes from sunlight.
High end breeders use a mixture of ultra violet, incandescent, florescent lights on timers to reproduce sunlight for indoor flights.
Short term u will get away with it, long term, your birds will loose condition, become lethargic, be prone to infections/ sickness.

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 5:10 am    Post subject:

By short term you mean to say that it is ok that a couple of my cages do not recieve direct sunlight due to the approaching winter. I can suppose then that there will be no long term ill effects becuse the situation will be compensated as spring comes along.
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 9:44 am    Post subject:

Chances are your kikes will seem and appear fine for that period, but if they get hit with worms a chill, their body resources will not be as strong. Unlike cats, dogs ,us birds can get sick and die within hours.
A few hrs each week on a warm sunny day will make a big difference.
Also keep in mind, they have been thru a molt going into winter, this uses a lot of the very little stored body resources they have, and these need building up and maintained for long term heath.

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