Re: Vitamin S (to Michael L.) addendum
Posted by Meeko's Mom on 4/01/06
I do have the powder form of calcium. Thanks so much for your help.
I'm so excited... after their bath, I went in to check on them. She has
a new feather on the lower part of her stomach! Lets hope she doesnt
pluck it! I know it wasn't there yesterday, because I took pictures of
them yesterday when I brought them home.
On 4/01/06, Michael L wrote:
> On 4/01/06, Meeko's Mom wrote:
>> Hi Michael. Thanks for your help. I do have full spectrum lighting
>> for them. And, I do have a calcium supplement as well. The one
>> question I have for you, is should I add both to the food everyday?
>> I don't want to over do it. Should I give spirulina in morning, and
>> calcium for evening?? Or, would applying both to food at same time
>> be a problem? They got their first bath in over a year this
>> morning. I don't know who enjoyed it more, them or me ! I gave them
>> a bathe with aloe juice.
> You're welcome.
> Depending upon the calcium source, let's say liquid for example, it
> should be given twice a week to non-breeding birds and 3-4 times a
> to actively breeding pairs.
> The one thing about calcium is this...when you supplement in excess,
> the body recognizes this and it slows down the natural process of
> making/utilizing it's own calcium, so you don't want to over do it.
> If you provide a dry source, it is less of a problem, but because it
> in dry form, it is also less readily absorbed by the body. This isn't
> necessarily a bad thing, just the difference from dry and wet.
> Spirulina can be given daily for several weeks and then you can cut
> back to twice a week or so if and when you see improvement. There's
> little harm, if any, from Spirulina as it is a natural food source.
> I bet the bath not only improved their appearance but refreshed their
> feathers and skin. Great idea.
> Michael L