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Ive always had a mineral block for my budgies but recently i replaced the old one and she doesnt like the new one at all. So i was going to go buy a new one similar to the old kind but when i looked at the ingredients the first ingredient was salt. I recently found out that salt is very bad for parrots. So why would the mineral block be recommended for birds yet be full of salt?

Ingredients: Salt, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, FD&C yellow #5

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Old 12-11-2019, 02:58 AM
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I took out the mineral block I currently have, but I'm just so confused as to why they'd sell stuff that is opposite of what a bird should have.
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Please do not remove the mineral block from your budgie's cage.

Unfortunately, sometimes members post inaccurate and/or information which causes unnecessary confusion.

You are better off following the advice offered in our stickies, by staff and members who have extensive knowledge and experience with budgies.


Having a cuttlebone, mineral block and manu clay rose in your budgie's cage are considered to be "best practices" by this forum.
Mineral blocks are considered to be safe because budgies generally will only nibble at them if/when their body needs the supplements contained in the block.
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Okay, then I will put it back. But I truly am a little confused now. If salt is bad for budgies, why do mineral blocks have salt?
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Anything in excess isn't good for them but a little such as what they get from the mineral block is fine. Salt (Sodium) and Chloride) are both electrolytes the body needs.

You obviously do not want to add salt to their vegetables, etc.

If you are concerned about the salt level in the mineral block then just use the cuttlebone and manu clay rose.

I personally keep all three (cuttlebone, mineral block and manu clay rose) in all of my birds' cages although it is very rare that I ever see any of my birds take a tiny nibble or a small lick of the mineral block.
They do, however, like to shred their manu clay roses.

The Manu "Roses" contain:

Calcium: Needed for strong bones, proper muscle function, and eggshell production. Min. 18%
Copper: Helps keep blood vessels flexible for good circulation and promotes healing. Min. .002%
Iron: Carries oxygen in the blood and needed by hens for egg production. Min. 1.8%
Magnesium: Activates enzymes for absorption and transportation of nutrients. Min. .85%
Manganese: Required for metabolism of fats and sugars: Improves hatch-ability. Min. .10%
Phosphorus: Releases energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Min. .20%
Potassium: Needed for normal heart and muscle activity. Min. .10%
Sodium: Aids protein absorption and maintains ionic strength of body fluids. Min. 1.2%
Zinc: Needed for sexual maturity in males; involved in formation of feathers. Min. .01%

Ingredients: calcium sulfate, iron oxide, bentonite clay, sodium chloride, magnesium oxide, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, ferrous sulfate, and manganese oxide.
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Okay got it. I actually never heard of manu rose clay, so thanks for mentioning that!

Speaking of minerals, do you know of a good recipe for electrolyte water? I was recommended to use it for my birds when medicating and/or quarantining (which i may do soon if i decide to get canaries) so I'd like to figure out what to use that is safe for birds.
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I've never heard of anyone giving their birds electrolye solution when they are in quarantine unless the bird(s) are ill.

Please see the article linked below which contains the recipe for "pedialyte".

However, you may wish to actually order "Guardian Angel" to have on-hand.

Guardian Angel/Pedialyte/Pedialyte Recipe
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Thank you, the link you sent was exactly the information I needed!
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Just a little update on the mineral blocks.
I found a parrot store close to where I live and saw some small mineral blocks. I read the ingredients and it was full of lots of minerals, not just salt, so I bought it and my budgie LOVES it. She loves to lick it and chew on it (not excessively though, no worries), but never even touched the other salt mineral block. That leads me to believe that certain mineral blocks are just cheap stuff people sell for money (well that wasnt a big surprise since tons of companies do that). I am very happy with the new mineral block I got and definitely will be a lot more careful when i look at ingredients.
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