Yes too much D3 can be a problem. I suggest that in the cooler months you give them the Soluvite D and in the warmer period you try to give them the natural sun when possible. If you follow the directions on the Soluvite D they will not get an overdose especially in the cooler months when they don't usually drink as much as in the warmer months.
Remember that in the wild they are in much more sunlight all year through even in the cooler months as they are a desert or semi desert bird. Not that many trees around for them to shelter in or under. They are in the sunlight pretty much all day foraging for food.
Connie it would be best if they were not outside at the hottest parts of the day. I am not sure where you are but here in Australia it is usually betwen 11am and 3pm that are the hottest times of the day.
so if our budgies are placed in doors in a cage they will be sickly and die because they don't get any natural sunlight? i have my guy placed near a window, but apparently the UV rays don't come through the glass? so should i open the window next to his cage?
It depends on what kind of glass your windows have. Plain glass lets all the UV in, but many modern windows have UV coatings that block UV. If you have an older house with single pane windows, or an attached greenhouse, those windows are probably plain glass. If you have a newer house with double or triple pane windows, it's safe to assume the windows have a UV coating.
I am so glad to have stumbled on this article soon after purchasing a budgie again for the first time in years. I knew budgies needed sunlight just like virtually any animal, but I did not know that many windows do not let in UVB rays which provide D3. But I am relieved to read the above post, which indicates that since the building I live in is considered historic, so by law, the landlord is not allowed to change the windows, they are the old type that, if the above poster is correct, should let UVB light in.
This was also an important article for me because I recently discovered that I suffer from a vitamin D deficiency, not because I do not get enough sun exposure or vitamin D in my diet, but because my body, like my dad's and my grandmother's, has trouble absorbing vitamin D. I also have a really poor immune system and a mood disorder. I believe now strongly that my vitamin D deficiency is directly linked to these health problems and that I must make great strides toward improving my vitamin D intake through dietary supplements.
So thanks so much for posting this, I found it quite profound!
Yes, too much direct Sun and its over! These birds can heat up quickly...I usually take my entire flock out on my balcony at about 1PM and leave them until around 6PM. I do have great amount of shade here but there are times of the day that the entire flight cage is hit. That said, I always place a blanket on the side where the Sun comes in, so when it does, I just lower the blanket which is fine because even in the shade your bird is still getting those UV Rays. I also add a a few Baths and since I am home, will mist them time to time just to play around with them which they love most of the time. Some will be like, HEY MAN! I just got done preening!! AAK!! AAK!!
In the cooler time like now even here in the Caribbeans, I have 2 huge windows in my living room, so that's where they go...Plenty of Sun coming in. So if you too have any windows with some good Sun, give it a try, UV does come through windows but it may depend on that window..Today's homes may be built to block those rays, but not sure..
I went to a Budgie Show yesterdat and Don Bourke was also there he was very informative and knowledgable. I immediately went and brought liquid Vitamin D3 and put my budigies out in the sun after his talk.
can I ask something? Every morning I put my cages outside, so the birds can be exposed to sunlight for 10 minutes. The vet said that I should do that every day (as long as the temperature is not low) and it's good for their bones and feathers. Is this enough for them, or should I put Vitamin D3 to their water? thanks in advance.