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Default Budgie doesn't like his cuttlebone, alternatives?

So since getting Dicky I have tried to entice him to use his cuttlebone but he just doesn't like it. He has a nibble every few weeks but generally hates it.

I got him a mineral block but again he doesn't really like that either.

What I did get is some crushed oyster shell from a local pet shop which is designed to replace grit, now is this an ok alternative to the cuttlebone or should I be getting something else?

I just mix the oyster shell with his main seed at about 20:1 ratio.

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Budgies will only use their cuttlebones and mineral blocks when their bodies demand the calcium and minerals. This isn't something that they must ingest on a daily or even weekly basis, in fact they can go months without ever touching them.
Personally, I would stick with the cuttlebone and also keep the mineral block on the cage.
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Budgies will only use their cuttlebones and mineral blocks when their bodies demand the calcium and minerals. This isn't something that they must ingest on a daily or even weekly basis, in fact they can go months without ever touching them.
Personally, I would stick with the cuttlebone and also keep the mineral block on the cage.
Oh my goodness Aluz, you have finally answered my question I've been debating to post on the TB forums or not lol! Wow I was just thinking of this! Thank you so much for answering and thank you trim for asking!!
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Using oyster shell grit with a budgie is not recommended.

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...ur-budgie.html

You should always have a cuttlebone and mineral block in your budgie's cage. As aluz indicated, when his body needs it he will utilize them.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...lay-roses.html

In addition you can provide calcium perches such as the comfy clam perch and calcium/mineral "banana split" perch shown in this link:

https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html

As you can see - these questions are all addressed in the Stickies at the top of the forums or in the Budgie Articles.
Please take the time to read them thoroughly.
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Budgies will only use their cuttlebones and mineral blocks when their bodies demand the calcium and minerals. This isn't something that they must ingest on a daily or even weekly basis, in fact they can go months without ever touching them.
Personally, I would stick with the cuttlebone and also keep the mineral block on the cage.
Ok thanks for that, I just keep seeing photos of destroyed cuttlebones and wondered why my budgie never does the same.
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