Best UV light?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by saridout, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. saridout

    saridout Out Of The Brooder

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    My vet recommended that i put a UV light on my 2 indoor chickens for 8 hours a day to stimulate the production of vitamin D, but i can't find a good source of information on what the best light bulb would be. Does just a black light work, or is there another kind of bulb that's more effective?
     
  2. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you need a special UVB producing bulb for that, something like this:



    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=6550


    We keep doves and small parrots indoors, and rather than using a UVB bulb, I just provide them supplemental vitamin D:



    http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2811520

    You could ask your vet if this would work for chickens too...one of our budgies is pushing 15 years old now, so it seems to be working.

    p.s. I just noticed you're in the DFW area too...hey, neighbor!
     
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  3. akepnerjr

    akepnerjr Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes dr foster smith is were i bought a heat light it was for reptiles only 40 watts good for small areas
     
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You have to check the label carefully. Usually the bulbs for heat do not produce UVB light.
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    What's the reason for not just giving vit D supplements? Actually, I don't know what you're feeding but if it is standard "layer" feed from the feedstore it ALREADY has enough vit D added to it to fulfill the average chicken's requirements.

    Pat
     
  6. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Yes, the supplement should be in their feed or can be added via vitamins & electrolytes in their water.

    Another thing is that birds don't make a huge amount of Vitamin D through sun exposure due to feathering- so it may be more effective to use a supplement.
     
  7. saridout

    saridout Out Of The Brooder

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    the vet told me that they should get sunlight because it triggers the production of vitamin D that is different from vitamin D in a supplement, but i really don't know how true that is. i went ahead and bought a full spectrum 60 watt bulb. it can't hurt anything to use it.

    i'm still feeding them from giant bag of medicated chick feed i bought 3 months ago.
     

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