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Re: Vitamin S (to Michael L.) addendum

Posted by Meeko's Mom on 4/01/06
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    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