Calcium Supplement?

by Carly
(California)

Can anyone recomend a calium supplement or block for my two Lovebird, Tobi and Cookie? I got them a cuttlebone, but they just eat the hard sharp edges. My grandma, who breeds bird, told me that this is dangerous. Another thing is that I got my birds this wooden toy that has wooden star and heart pieces and my birds love to chew this, is it dangerous?

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Nov 10, 2011
Calcium
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I use a product called "calciboost". I find it very good for times when birds are molting or during breeding season. You can also crush egg shells to a powder and mix it in with their cooked foods.

Hope this helps.

Nov 10, 2011
Calcium Supplement?
by: Linda

Rather than use a calcium supplement, get them changed over to an organic pelleted diet like Harrison's or one of the other found here, which is a complete diet without any vitamin or mineral additives needed. The change takes time and here is a link on how to go about it written by an Avian Vet:

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Chewing on wood is a natural and a safe way for birds to keep their beaks honed down. Make sure toys are the correct size for your birds and made of safe wood. Those found in pet stores are safe, and usually made of hardwoods which take a while to chew up. Soft woods like pine and birch are easily chewed up, so get the ones with harder woods. Make sure birds do not eat any toy parts as this will be a cause for surgery. Buying toys in the correct sizes eliminates this problem as most birds I've seen tear up the wood but don't eat it. If toys are too small like giving a Budgie toy to a Lovebird, then the little beads and bell clangers can get caught in their throats, so make sure all toys are the right size for your birds.

We also recommend yearly checkups for all birds because this will catch infections before they have a chance to take the birds' health down too much. Infections have to be diagnosed and treatment by an Avian Vet only as dog and cat vets are not licensed to treat birds.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

Nov 10, 2011
Calcium Supplement
by: Anne

I use CALCIVET from the Birdcare Company. (ENGLAND) This is a liquid calcium which can be added to the water or moist foods. Cuttlefish is OK but does not give the required amount that is required by the bird. Try to get hold of a Calcium Block.
Please make sure the wooden toys you give to your birds are free of paint & use plain natural woods.
Pine is good as its a soft wood they will love to bite into it & play with thick string tassels if hung at a safe distance for them to play with.
Good luck : )

Nov 10, 2011
Calcium supplements for birds only needed when on unhealthy diet
by: Tracie

The very best thing you can do for your birds is to feed them Harrison's or Roudybush pellets and then they won't need any supplements.

Please read our Switching Birds To Pellets article for more information on getting your birds on a healthy diet.

We do sell Mineral blocks that you can purchase until you get your birds switched over to a 80% pellet diet with only 20% treats.

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