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Re: Vitamin S (to Michael L.) addendum

Posted by Michael L on 4/01/06
(15) Comments

    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 week
    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 is
    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