Should My Budgies Nap Early So They Can Stay Up Late?

The close view of 2 budgies (parakeets)
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Hope that helps


​mitchr asks

I would like to know a little more about lighting for a 3 year old female jenday conure.

She is healthy but I want to make sure I am providing the best care for her. Right now we have nothing other then natural.


Hi Jeff


For your bird to truly benefit from a light it must be mounted no higher than 6 inches above its cage and have a timer implemented to provide 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness helping keep your birds circadian rhythms synchronized.


Don’t get caught up in the lumens just make sure it’s bright white hopefully full-spectrum light. 

​A bulbs UVA and UVB rays are not going to impact the bird one way or the other.


Hope that helps




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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.