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Old 07-28-2016, 07:49 PM
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Hey everybirdie! In my crazy effort to acquire as much info as humanly possible on breeding, which I've since postponed, possibly indefinitely, I saw several things online about iodine supplementation.

I know it's good for breeding birds, but I guess my question is, can my whole flock, including Peatri who's a bit under the weather, have iodine even though nobody's breeding? What are the major benefits of iodine, and how often should they get it? Can they "OD" on it? They're all on pellets, and veggies everyday, and just a little seed once in awhile. Peatri is also on an anit-biotic and calcium supplement, as well as milk thistle. Any info I can get would be much appreciated! Thanks everybirdie!

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All budgies require iodine or they can suffer from goitre which is a swelling of the thyroid glands in the throat, this leads to decreased production of thyroid hormone and increased production of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone and the Thyroid enlarges. In Australia budgies often require a supplement as our soils are very poor in iodine where the budgies live in nature and where the seed for them is mainly grown. Iodine is required regardless of whether they are breeding or not.

You would need to check the ingredients in the pellets you are using to see if they contain iodine. If they do then you would not need a supplement.

Yes they can overdose on Iodine and this can be a particular problem with males as it increases the death of spermatozoa in breeding poultry. No test have been really done on cage birds. It appears not to affect breeding female poultry. The safe upper limit for poultry food as set by the EU is 10mg/kg. But Iodine toxicity is rare in birds and animals as it requires regular elevated intake and is most likely to occur in an aviary through misuse of disinfectants containing iodine or over zealous use of iodine supplements.

You would be best to talk to your avian vet to see if your birds require a supplement.
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Thanks Kate, I really appreciate the quick response. I was planning on emailing our vet anyway, so I will put that question in there as well. Thanks again. I will update with what she says in this thread!
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Wow, yeah, that's a really good question on your part, Kristen.

I am leaning toward what Kate has said, and would agree. At the same time, I am not sure about its use with breeding birds. In my thinking, when given pellets it is often suggested that no other supplements are required, really. This much I know for Harrison's Organic Pellets.

I have introduced small bird iodine blocks before because my birds don't eat enough of their pellets and are still mainly on seed diet. So, they don't get enough there either.

As far as breeding goes, eventually both parents will feed the chicks and so what they ingest, they will pass on and I am not sure how this might impact them. As Kate mentioned, overuse of supplements with pellets can create more problems with the potential for too much vitamin/mineral intake, but I would definitely be interested to know what your vet might think on iodine block or supplement use.

My birds only get the block once in awhile and actually prefer it over their cuttlebone, but mostly they nibble what they want, when they want, and it works for them as a beak conditioner (destroy it).

So, keep us informed. I certainly would like to know more.
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