Budgie calcium and more

by Alex
(London, UK)

I don't want to seem like I am over woied about my budgies, but i do have a few queries.

I have recently changed my budgies to Harrison's Pellets, which they seem to enjoy, but I am wondering if the pellets contain calcium.

I am worried that they may not get enough calcium, as they refuse to use a cuttlebone or mineral block.

1) Do Harrison's Pellets provide the bid with calcium o i they do, is it enough?
2) If not, should I try to feed them on safe vegetables that have a calcium content in them?

They ae not laying, but I am worried about their bones, as they have a tendency to be a little clumsy on the rare occasion, and my Dad who bred them said they ae female, so egg laying will play a pat on drainng on calicum. Am I ight that without enough calicum the egss could become egg bound when they stat poducing.

Another thing I am concened about is that one of my bird's eyes iritates her at least once o twice a week.

It doesn't necassaily last too long, but it happened afte she had an accident when she was a much younge bird. The vet said when she examined her again at a later date, that the eye is clear, so did not know why it irritated her.

Is this something to worry about, or is it just something that will happen from time to time afte an injury to that area?

Last one I promise.

Is it normal for a budgie to squeak after flying aound the room a few times?

It doesn't happen when she flies fom one side to the othe, but it does if she does laps of my room.

She squeaks after landing. They are quiet squeaks when she is breathing. It seems to settle down after getting her breath back.

Thanks a lot


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Feb 20, 2012
Budgie calicum and more
by: Alex

Thank you fo the advice. This puts my mind at rest.

Feb 20, 2012
Budgie getting calcium
by: The Avian Vet

Yes, the Harrison's pellets contain calcium in the right ratio with phosphorous and other required nutrients. This diet is 100% complete and balanced. It is the best you can feed.

Birds do not need a cuttlebone or mineral block for calcium or any other supplement when they are eating pellets.

You should feed fresh foods and other treats for your birds enjoyment, not because the pellets are lacking in nutrients.

Egg binding will not happen when your bird is eating Harrison's pellets.

The eye irritation is something that needs to be examined by an avian veterinarian again. I recommend that the eye be stained to look for injury to the cornea. Find an Avian Vet

Yes it is normal for a budgie to squeak after flying around the room a few times, but if the squeaking continues for more than 23-60 seconds, then there could be a problem that should be looked at by a specialist.

Dr B

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