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Re: Calcium

Posted by Barb on 8/14/09
(3) Comments

    Thank you, but I was asking as a general consensus about
    giving calcium particularly to breeders/females etc. Not just
    greys or any other specific bird. I know there is breeders who
    give calcium as a regime and was asking on that level.
    On 8/13/09, GreyLady wrote:
    > On 8/13/09, Barb wrote:
    >> Any suggestions on how much calcium to use on either a
    >> daily basis or weekly basis. Thanks in advanced. Barb
    > It might depend in part on what kind of bird. I know it can
    > be tricky with Greys for instance, hoping to keep the
    > between enough but not too much. Of course discuss it with
    > your vet but I'd suggest not trying to use any kind of
    > additive to either food or water. Just make sure you offer
    > enough variety of foods that are high in calcium, including
    > cuttle bone if you have a bird that will use one. They know
    > what they need and if you are making the right foods
    > available, they usually regulate themselves pretty well. If
    > you are concerned, your vet can do a blood test to determine
    > how your bird stands as to needing more or less. Also don't
    > offer spinach as one of the leafy greens. It contains
    > oxylates that can interfere with calcium absorption.
    > D from natural sun or a proper full spectrum light is also
    > crucial to good calcium use.