Lighting

  • Manufacture of a PVC photo box

    To take beautiful photos of your zebrafinch, here is a photo box model to make yourself.

    1. Materials needed

    - White PVC panel, 5 mm thick.
    - PVC U-shaped slides.
    - PVC angles in L.
    - 1 ultra-flat neon with switch.
    - Trunnion Ø 10 or 12 grooved.
    - Silicone glue.

    2. Cutting the PVC panel


    - The PVC panel is cut to form a cube with the following dimensions: Length 38 cm, depth 32 cm, height 32 cm.
    - On a wall, a hole 6 cm in diameter (to be adjusted according to the lens of your camera) is made at the height of the future perch.
    - On another wall, an opening 10 cm wide by 12 high is made for the sliding door which will allow the bird to be introduced into the box.
    - Cut 1 door to close the hole which will be used to photograph the bird (example of dimensions for a 6 cm hole: 10 cm x 10 cm).
    - Cut 1 door of 12 cm x 14 cm for the opening that will allow the bird to be introduced into the box.
    - Cut a 10 cm x 10 cm square that will serve as a base for the perch.

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    3. Gluing the slides

    - Cut and glue 2 guides (U-shaped angles) which allow the door to slide, which can block the Ø 6 cm opening.
    - Cut and glue 2 slides (U-shaped angles) which allow the door to slide, which will be able to obstruct the opening 10 cm wide by 12 cm high.

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  • Importance and management of light

    In countries with mild climatic conditions and ideal for our birds, this allows them to be reared outdoors or with sufficient light in a room thanks to the sun.
    It is different in other countries and depending on the period or the breeder decides to mate his birds. Sometimes to make this period coincide with the holidays or others.

    In this article, I describe solutions that I know to overcome the lack of light and give the right conditions to our birds according to the different periods of their life in our breeding rooms.

    1. What lighting brings

    Suitable artificial lighting can ensure the activation of vitamin D3 essential for the growth of young zebrafinch.
    Vitamin D3 deficiency can result in a misshapen or limp beak or paw. Conversely, do not overdo the administration of vitamin supplements which will produce even more harmful effects.

    2. What we are looking for when managing the light

    This makes it possible to be able to breed in the unfavorable seasons to recreate the ideal conditions. Simulate in some ways at best which will stimulate the birds to reproduction or to rest.
    In winter, prolonging the light can also give birds more time to feed in order to withstand low temperatures (I am thinking of the case of outdoor breeding).
    Conversely, reducing the length of the day can help calm a bird. For example, an overly excited male who destroys the nest to start a new lay. Giving it a break in a dark place can temper it before another attempt.
    The changes in brightness duration between 2 periods must be gradual. Too abrupt a change can cause false moult or unusual behavior. A change of 5 minutes per day is suitable. You will notice as changes in behavior, excitations during the increase of this duration.

    3. Solutions to manage light

    a) Cycle with 2 programmers and 1 night light

    The most economical will be to use 2 programmers (mechanical or electronic) and a night light.

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  • False moult, causes, effects and remedies

    1. What are the causes ?

    False moult is not a disease ! It is caused by a sudden change: Light, temperature, draft or stress.

    2. The effects of a false moult

    The zebrafinch enters a period of out-of-season moulting which will weaken it. To be avoided during breeding or competition period.
    The bird victim of a false molt will need a supply of vitamins and minerals to help regrowth of the feathers.

    3. A remedy used by breeders

    To remedy this false moult, there is a method used by breeders which consists of letting a peeled and cut onion macerate in a liter of water for 3 to 4 days (protected from light).
    Then, put a tablespoon of the juice obtained in a liter of water and distribute in the drinking trough for a week, renewing this mixture every day.

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