Can You Help Me With Lighting for My Eclectus Parrot?

Victoria K. has an avian lighting question,

hi there, I purchased this hanging full spectrum light for my Eclectus a while ago and can’t seem to find the setup instructions (and don’t see them on your website).

Would it be possible for you to provide it to me?

Green Bean is in his cage 12-14 hours/day and is otherwise on a playstand most days unless I am away from home.

Is it ok for this light to be on for a full 12 hours (I am not often gone that long but just want to make sure because I think one of your articles mentions that retina damage can occur with more than 4-5 hours of UVA/UVB lighting in certain circumstances)?

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Is There a Good Way to Handle A Broody Older Macaw?

Kim M. requests advice,

 

I have been reading your emails for quite some time.  I finally need some advice. 

 

I have a 28-year-old Blue and Gold McCaw.  She has been fairly happy over the years.  She was my son’s bird until he got married and didn’t take her with him.  Now she has to deal with me and misses my son very much but now has resigned to the fact I have to be her person.

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What Suggestions Do You Have for My Territorial Timneh?

Tammy F. is worried about her bird’s territorial issues,

Yogi, my timneh African grey parrot has taken over our bedroom dresser and nightstand drawers. He learned to open them months ago, he loves getting in there and throwing everything out.

I let him have fun with it but now when my husband goes to get into the drawers Yogi does a dive bomb to his head. He does it to me also but I’m more aware of him and know he’s coming and divert him.

He does not want anyone in “his” drawers. He gets locked in his cage for this behavior sometimes but he knows when we are going to put him in his cage and he flys off.

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How Do I Handle My Molting Green Cheek Conure With Another Bird?
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How Do I Handle My Molting Green Cheek Conure With Another Bird?

Lisa N writes,

Hey Catherine hope all is well I need your help again I thought by now I would be a better mommy 🙂

Our Reggie is molting big time she loves taking a bath every day I know it’s a rough time for birds but we also have a Pineapple conure and yes one is a boy and Reggie is the girl.

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Does My Parrotlet Need a Full Spectrum Light Source?

Chris S. reached out to ask,

Does a parrotlet need a full spectrum light source?

And if so does it need it all year round if living in eastern PA?

Dear Chris

Unless you are living along the equator, no, natural lighting is not going to replicate what tropical birds need to keep their hormones level.

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Will Full-spectrum Lighting Damage My Bird’s Eyes?

Rob K. relates, 

 

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).

 

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