UV Light Influences

  • Vitamin D3 Production
  • Vision
  • Feeding
  • Behaviour
  • Breeding
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Lamps emit ultraviolet radiation, so it is important to remember to change at the end of their recommended optimum lighting hours.

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UVB requirements of an African Grey

Q. I have a hand reared African grey parrot and have just bought a bird lamp for the first time. I just wondered how many hours a day that I need to run the lamp and if I still need


Tetrachromacy a powerful tool!

tetrachromacy for bird lighting

Many references are made towards the positive, and indeed life-giving, properties of the wavelengths of light known as UVB. We know that most living things including our own species use the power of the sun to obtain warmth and can


The common or St Helena waxbill was once taken for granted by the fancy.

Waxbills

Who are you calling common? The common or St Helena Waxbill was once taken for granted by the fancy. Now, says JOHN COURTNEY-SMITH, it’s anything but common! THE St Helena or common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild) used to be one of


Greenfoods: are they as useful as we think?

lettuce

We take an independent look at some of the common greenfoods that we offer our birds and tests their reputation as ‘must-feed’ elements of diet. Most people who have kept birds at some point in their life will have heard


Gauge that cage!

Which Bird Cage?

John Courteney-Smith assesses the wide range of cages available, and reveals some of his favorites. ONCE a year, most birdkeepers start to think about their cages. Do we need to sand down and repaint? Do we have enough cages or


Managing exposure

Managing Exposure - Birds

Where you should place your light sources within the birdroom When it comes to birdroom lighting, it is essential that all light sources are placed above the bird. A bright light source hitting the bird side-on can cause eye irritation,


Keep it Natural

Keeping it Natural - Birds

Natural daylight is so important for your birds’ health, condition and wellbeing. The thinking and science behind birdkeeping has changed beyond all recognition in the past few years. Many breeders are specialising with individual species rather than mixed collections and


Suspect Lamps

Q I recently purchased a bird lamp from an online auction site, but when the lamp arrived I could see no markers mark and the only words visible are “for reptiles”. I am also concerned by some of the advice


Singing for his supper

Singing Finch

JOHN COURTENEY-SMITH explains his passion for keeping singing finches and recalls the ups and downs of trying to obtain a true pair of these bright little birds.   FOREIGN BIRDS I’M GOING to be bold and say it straight. I



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Auckland Zoo

Our geckos are incredibly diverse and have some amazing adaptations for life in Aotearoa. In today's episode of Zoo Tales, Ecotherm keeper Emily tells us what's so great about New Zealand's gecko species!

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Take some time over the Bank Holiday to learn all about MBD and Nutrition. Its all FREE, click the links below. Vitamins, http://www.chameleonbreeder.com/podcast/ep-59-vitamins-chameleons-with-john-courteney-smith/ Minerals, http://www.chameleonbreeder.com/podcast/ep-60-minerals-chameleons-with-john-courteney-smith-msrb/ MBD, http://www.chameleonbreeder.com/podcast/ep-55-mbd-uvb-with-john-courteney-smith/ Gutloading live feeder insects, http://www.chameleonbreeder.com/podcast/gutloading-chameleon-feeders/ ...

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Our Tokays have started to venture our more often, this one is basking to the side of the UVB fixture in a very large vivarium (6'x5'x2'). We have a trio with this one being the 'beta' female and as such the smallest of the group. ...

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