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Housing for Budgies Discuss Cages, Cage Set-Ups and Aviaries

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Old 09-01-2017, 04:54 PM
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I recently purchased a UVB lamp (20W) for Damon. Can anybody advise me on what sort of holder is required please? The man where I bought it from online sells ceramic holders with clamps but I doubt if I would be able to clamp it onto Damon's cage as it looks very big and cumbersome. Is it possible to just use a standard lamp holder that I can place next to his cage ? The clamp one looks more suitable for a reptile enclosure as it has safety mesh covering it. I'm hoping that this lamp may help to improve Damon's feathers as he gets very limited access to sunlight. The soluvite D has not not made a difference.

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I would do a google-search to look for the proper type holder to get for the lamp you purchased.

Please ensure you carefully read the information in this link as it is important you do not expose Damon to too much light from the lamp.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-holi...-lighting.html

For a budgie, I would not recommend using the lamp for more than one hour per day.


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Thanks FaeryBee. I have read that article fully and i would only use the light for Damon for 30 minutes a day. Damon is in my basement room with me and there are no windows. In summer, he will be able to come outside in his cage with me each day but our weather here is far too cold. I was just concerned about the quality of his feathers. He loses feathers that are still in the sheath and is constantly in a moult. He has been seen by an avian vet who found nothing wrong.I may buy this holder online and dad has said I can screw it to a board and place it near Damon. Hopefully that might help my wee friend, but if not, I'll take him back to the vet and have his feathers checked again.He's certainly not miserable at all. Thanks...............Janna.
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Hi Janna

I agree with Faerybee.

If what you have is the compact screw-in bulb that has an electronic ballast included within the unit, then you can 'theoretically' use any normal light fixing in which it fits.
However, the light needs to be directly above the birds, not coming in from a side angle and the main advantage of using an avian lamp holder is that they are designed in a way to reflect the light down into the cage.

For that reason, I would recommend that you use an associated avian lamp (whether clamp on or standard pole type). If the light isn't being reflected properly, then the benefit is lost.

You also need to take care that you position the lamp at the correct distance and I strongly recommend that you use the light together with a timer to prevent accidental over exposure.
Real outdoor sun exposure is much superior to any avian lamp, so when the weather becomes suitable and you're able, choose outdoors over the lamp.

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.... I can screw it to a board and place it near Damon.....
I can't quite visualise what you mean by this. Hopefully, it's something to place above the cage, that can be placed at the correct height from the top perch and the light can be reflected downwards.

Getting the most out of UV lighting | Bird Lighting - 'Self-ballasted, energy efficient lamps simply screw into any E27 lamp fitting. The downside is that they are very difficult to reflect properly.'
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Thank you Julia for the information.The guy who is selling the ceramic holder says that he hung his from a hook in the ceiling. It's not expensive so I am going to buy it anyway.I didn't even realise that the bulb had to be above the bird so thanks for providing that information.Hopefully the weather will improve here soon and I may be able to give Damon some natural sunlight. My wee guy will always be closely supervised when and if I decide to use the light and I will most definitely use a timer. Thanks for your help, Julia.
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