UV light for indoor ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Diamond88, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Diamond88

    Diamond88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My vet told me a while ago that I need to have a UV light for my indoor call duck for vitamin D and hormone regulation. I bought a bulb from the reptile section of the pet store and hooked it up to an 8-hour timer, and I just left it at that. But, today I read that too much exposure to UV rays can cause cancer, which I suppose does make sense. Now I'm very concerned. Does anyone have information on the right amount of UV exposure for an indoor duck, and a female call duck in particular? I know she needs the simulated sun, but I'm so worried!
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Mercy, this is a sticky one.

    I just don't know, but wanted to let you know I am thinking about it. A number of the people I am aware of with indoor ducks take them for walks. In the winter, I supplement our food with some dry cat kibble that has added Vitamin D in it.

    Would one of those full spectrum grow lights be good?
     
  3. Diamond88

    Diamond88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm, a grow light is an idea. This might be something I'll have to take up with a vet. But since she's not sick and hopefully won't need to go to the vet anytime soon, I don't really know if/when I'll have a chance. Thanks for weighing in, though, Amiga!
     
  4. Amiga

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    Have you connected with other indoor duck people? Maybe they can give you the scoop. Nettie's had indoors for years.
     
  5. Diamond88

    Diamond88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wrote to Dr. Greg Burkett in North Carolina, because he was the one who told me about the UV light in the first place. (My well-traveled duck was hatched in Raleigh.) He said the light should be 18-24 inches away from the cage and that I should have it on for two or three hours in the morning and two or three hours in the afternoon. That's for a female call duck, specifically, but I would imagine it wouldn't be too much different for bigger ducks. So, now we know!
     
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  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Bravo! Good information, thanks very much!
     

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