Has anyone used full spectrum lighting with their kestrel? I live in the Pacific Northwest and midwinter anemia is a concern here. However I do not want to trigger a moult, so I am trying to find the right balance of a happy kbird and not triggering a moult.
For the record, I've never actually heard of a bird getting midwinter anemia. But I guess it's always a possibility.
I used lights to induce the moult with a male coopers. As long as your bird is hunted often, fed a good varied diet of whole food animals, and is perched somewhat near a window I don't think you'd have too much of a problem.
When I've kept birds indoors (i.e. numerous kestrels & male coopers hawk)I generally kept the lights on in the room according to what our 'normal' people schedule was, and then used full spectrum lights to increase the daylight a bit to induce the moult when the time came.
Last Edit: Oct 4, 2013 13:17:14 GMT -5 by Falcon Boy
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