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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

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I've been doing a ton of research on this site in prep for bringing two English Budgies home (hopefully in the near future, if we can find a breeder!) and through this research I've picked up a lot of great info. One area I'm not particularly clear on is cuttlebone and mineral blocks, and how Calcivet plays into the equation. I understand that Calcivet is a calcium supplement with the added benefit of having vitamin D3 in it to facilitate the absorption of the calcium. But, does this mean a cuttlebone and/or mineral block are also needed? I'm guessing yes on the latter, no on the former since it's purpose is to introduce calcium into the birds diet. I've also been reading that over-saturating the bird's diet with nutrients is bad, too, so I don't want to overdose my birds on anything because I'm giving too many supplements/etc.

I've kept many a bird when I was younger, but things sure have changed and evolved since then and there are so many options now!!

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What has changed is the amount of info available to us as bird owner's and the amount of thing's available. Establishing your bird's on a good pellet as their main staple will meet a lot of their requirement's. My bird's have cuttle's and a couple mineral block's available to them but only my tiel chooses to use either, and I think he just likes the beak work and maybe strawberry flavor. Outdoor time for some natural sunlight, and a UV lamp for indoor winter time has worked well for my bird's in conjunction with a quality pellet as their staple food, fresh veggies, sprouted seed and eggfood on occasion, eggfood regularly when molting, and a little seed at night as a treat. They love birdie bread too and you can introduce new food's to them through that and eggfood both...the only supplement's I use are pro biotic's a couple times a week, more during molt, and organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother in their water every third day mixed 1/4 tsp to every 4 oz. of water....
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So very true, the amount of information readily available to anyone with access to the Internet is mind-blowing. Thanks for your insights!
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Like Randy, I believe ACV is a great natural pro-biotic:

https://talkbudgies.com/holistic-natu...r-vinegar.html

I keep both cuttlebone and mineral blocks in all my birds cages. I think both are important and each give the birds the opportunity to chew which helps keep their beaks "trimmed" to a good length.

CalciVet or CalciBoost are not usually needed unless you have a breeding pair. When a pair are in condition and breeding that is when a calcium supplement is needed.

You may want to consider SoluviteD (Vitamin D supplement) for birds who get limited natural sunlight.

Since you now know you are getting two budgies from Lindsey, if you follow the diet she uses for her birds you can't go wrong!

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Thanks. The reason I picked up the Calcivet is because of the limited exposure the birds will have to natural sunlight. The vitamin D3 it contains facilitates absorption of the calcium (since vitamin D is required for that and only available naturally when exposed to sunlight). But, I will look into the suggestion above about SoluviteD.
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