Full spectrum lighting
by Tammie Cirks
(New Jersey, USA)
There is great debate as to finches needing full spectrum lighting. Especially if being housed indoors. What is your take on this topic.? I have read many different options. Some say it is beneficial some say it is not proven enough, some say, maybe only 2 hours a day as not to be over stimulated. I am confused of this.
Thank you, Tammie
Good question! There is no one answer. It depends on what you want from your birds. If you want Gouldians to be wonderful, successful breeders, my approach is that I simulate, as best I can, an Australian spring for my birds' environment. That means, 14 hours of full spectrum lighting, (I used florescent, "chroma 50," light tubes. That is as close to being daylight as I could get. I increased the temperature near their cages to be in the high 70's or low eighties and I fed them an enriched breeding diet. I found an Australian daylight calendar on line and I set my lights on timers to duplicate those hours each month of the year.
If on the other hand, you just want to enjoy having Gouldians and have no desire to get them to breed, seasonal daylight is not a necessity. I think it is just a matter of how much effort do you want to make to get your birds to be good breeders and parents.
I am sorry for the delay in responding to your question. Sometimes I just get behind.
Best Wishes, Jeanie