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Dear friends: I wonder if anyone has given this sort of calcium to their budgies? Did you have a good experience with this product? I usually give them only cuttlebone and some vitamins on their food.

This is the calcium Iím thinking of purchasing
Zoo Med Avian Calcium Bird Food, 8-Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0027IZTJA..._sxVgAbVB4670X


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I would definitely stick to cuttle bone and/or products such as the comfy perch. One, they will consume what they need, and that amount varies depending on what's going on in their bodies. Two, they get to combine their calcium intake with an "activity".

I am not sure if a cuttle bone and the various calcium perches on the market serve the same purpose or if they need both.
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As long as they have a cuttle bone in their cage at all times they do not need additional calcium supplements.By adding another calcium supplement you risk hypercalcemia which is a condition where there is too much calcium in the blood. It is very difficult to gauge exactly how much of a vitamin or mineral our birds need so it's better to let them decide when they need some calcium from a cuttlebone. If your birds are on a good diet of pellets, seeds, veggies and occasional fruit, then there isn't a need for additional supplements, with the exception of Vit D3 which should be offered to birds with limited access to sunlight. Keep in mind that windows block out most UV rays so birds really need to be outside to gain any benefit from the sun.
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I have been using Calcium Carbonate for many years with my birds. I find it extremely good for my larger parrots who when you give them cuttlebone all they do is destroy it and don't actually eat it. A breeder friend who breeds very expensive parrots put me onto it. He was told by a zoo keeper to mix a small amount of the powder through the birds seed about a month prior to breeding season, this way the birds got adequate calcium to cope with the extra usage of calcium in the productions of eggs. Since he had used it this way he had not had a case of egg binding with any of his hens and neither have I. Every time the bird eats a seed they get a tiny amount of calcium as well. If breeding it needs to be started well before breeding season starts as it takes time to build up in their system, but it can be given all year round.

When I kept budgies I found they did not always eat the cuttlebone in their cages or the calcium blocks I supplied, so I found the calcium carbonate powder was the better way to go. I also make a lorikeet food and calcium carbonate is the only vitamin or mineral additive that I use in that. All the other vitamins and minerals they require come from the other ingredients in the mix and the fruit and vegetables they get. I found that really they just used the cuttlebone and blocks as toys or perches and didn't eat it.
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The breeder from whom my budgies came used Calcium Booster on a regular basis:

The brand you linked is a very good choice, as is the one below:

Calciboost

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I would definitely stick to cuttle bone and/or products such as the comfy perch. One, they will consume what they need, and that amount varies depending on what's going on in their bodies. Two, they get to combine their calcium intake with an "activity".

I am not sure if a cuttle bone and the various calcium perches on the market serve the same purpose or if they need both.


My budgies love cuttlebone ! My female eats a lot more than the male (thatís is expected to happen . I will buy cuttlebone, mineral block and calcium and try one per week and see how it goes


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As long as they have a cuttle bone in their cage at all times they do not need additional calcium supplements.By adding another calcium supplement you risk hypercalcemia which is a condition where there is too much calcium in the blood. It is very difficult to gauge exactly how much of a vitamin or mineral our birds need so it's better to let them decide when they need some calcium from a cuttlebone. If your birds are on a good diet of pellets, seeds, veggies and occasional fruit, then there isn't a need for additional supplements, with the exception of Vit D3 which should be offered to birds with limited access to sunlight. Keep in mind that windows block out most UV rays so birds really need to be outside to gain any benefit from the sun.


Thatís is great information thanks for sharing! My budgies have cuttlebone but mostly the female destroys it a week or less. Iím not sure if she is actually eating . That is way I thought about trying with calcium supplement. My budgies are on a diet of seed, veggies (sometimes) and fruits (rarely). I never thought about giving them vit D3 but I though about purchasing a bird full spectrum lightbulb to help them with that.

Bird Full Spectrum Light Bulbs for Parrots, Plants, Animals https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015NGC1NO..._Af3gAb6W17Y8F



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I have been using Calcium Carbonate for many years with my birds. I find it extremely good for my larger parrots who when you give them cuttlebone all they do is destroy it and don't actually eat it. A breeder friend who breeds very expensive parrots put me onto it. He was told by a zoo keeper to mix a small amount of the powder through the birds seed about a month prior to breeding season, this way the birds got adequate calcium to cope with the extra usage of calcium in the productions of eggs. Since he had used it this way he had not had a case of egg binding with any of his hens and neither have I. Every time the bird eats a seed they get a tiny amount of calcium as well. If breeding it needs to be started well before breeding season starts as it takes time to build up in their system, but it can be given all year round.

When I kept budgies I found they did not always eat the cuttlebone in their cages or the calcium blocks I supplied, so I found the calcium carbonate powder was the better way to go. I also make a lorikeet food and calcium carbonate is the only vitamin or mineral additive that I use in that. All the other vitamins and minerals they require come from the other ingredients in the mix and the fruit and vegetables they get. I found that really they just used the cuttlebone and blocks as toys or perches and didn't eat it.


This is great information ! I feel pretty confident now and I have decided to buy the calcium supplement. Do you think there is a risk for budgies to get to much calcium in their blood as it was mentioned before? Like if give them the calcium with their seed they will eating without notice , and while they eat the calcium you actually now for sure that they need calcium? I wonder how much tea spoon of calcium powder should I give to my two little budgies?

I usually give my budgies two tea spoon of seeds (morning and before going to bed) should i give them in both schedules the calcium supplement and how much?
Perhaps just half of this little spoon?
( the spoon of the picture is a tiny spoon that came with supplement for their feathers)



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The breeder from whom my budgies came used Calcium Booster on a regular basis:

The brand you linked is a very good choice, as is the one below:

Calciboost



Thank you for sharing the calcium supplement link.
I feel pretty confident to try the calcium supplement with my budgies


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