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I'm not sure if this is significant behaviorally or health wise. Ms. Lemony, who has free access to a cuttlebone and a mineral block, has been in the boys' cage devouring their cuttlebone (they are out of their cages most of the day), which is exactly like hers. I moved her to another cage, thinking it would distract her... she did the same thing. I mean, the small size cuttlebone (which is fairly new) is now half size.. she created quite the little chalk pile, which she dug through and appeared to eat some. I moved her and Ivy back to their own cage, where she is ignoring her mineral block and cuttlebone.
I wonder if she is just doing her shredding thing.. I have not given her any shreddables (as I'm trying to discourage any egg ideas) for some time... but she gets carrots to shred and she chews on her edible perches and stuff.
Can this hurt her? Should I remove the cuttlebone/mineral block to avoid her having too much calcium???
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I would not recommend removing the cuttlebone and mineral block. Many birds simply like to chew on them which is good for their beaks.

Lemony probably isn't actually eating too much of it, so unless you are giving her additional calcium supplements she should be fine.

You're going to want to keep a close eye on her though.
Does she happen to be in condition right now?
I'd be careful during out-of-cage time to ensure there is no mating taking place.
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Hi.. Thanks, Deborah for your usual spot on response. I've been really careful not to encourage her coming in to condition, but.. I suppose she is anyway. I will watch her really carefully.. today she was extra crabby to all of the others, so MAYBE she is in condition and her cere doesn't know it yet..
Yes, we may have separate out of cage time for a while. No eggs, no eggs, no eggs..
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Separate out of cage times would be the safest thing to do.
You know how persistent Cody and Lemony can be.

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Update: Lemony is still crazy for the cuttlebone. I put a brand new one up on Friday morning... and this is what it looks like on Saturday evening. As you know, the cuttlebone fills almost the whole holder deal. I'm wondering if it is still ok for her to have it?
Note: She is a shredder extraordinaire. She gets very crabby if one of the others tries to interrupt her at the cuttlebone. She is doing this many hours of the day.. still comes out of cage, eats seeds and veggies, etc. Not really shredding anything else.
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Wow! She certainly wants her calcium! I'd say to let her eat all that she wants, especially if it's her hormones telling her that she wants extra calcium. It sounds like you have a good control on no egg making (separate play times, etc.), so it might just be a question of riding it out.

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Judy,

I'm assuming there were more bits of it on the cage floor given how full the little tray of the holder is?

It really looks as if she is tearing it to pieces more than eating tons of it.

I'd let her continue to have them -- they are keeping her occupied and she can't make a nest of the pieces.

I don't believe there will be a problem with her getting too much calcium as long as you aren't giving her "enriched" seeds, pellets high in calcium and/or calcium supplements.
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Have you tried giving her kabobs? I have a hen that when she is in a shredding mode can go through one piece an hour. Here is a link in case you are not familiar with them.
https://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...,4641&breeds=1
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Thanks, everybody. The cuttlebone holders in 2 of the 3 cages are now empty. Ms. Lemony still has an orange face from shredding carrots yesterday.. She must have a sore jaw by now . I'll ride it out.. I have more cuttlebone on hand and just by chance, some coming from an online purchase.
Cody.. I do use kabobs w/Lemony.. She adores them. Maybe I should give her one.. I'd been reluctant as I so do not want her to nest... But.. given the current situation, maybe I should.
Faerybee... there AREN'T as many pieces on the cage floor as I'd expected. A whole lot of dust... had to vacuum that cage this morning. She's also eating her bee pollen perch.

Appreciate all the help. Ms. Lemony always has perplexing issues for me. Kind of like her determination! That said, she really can't have another clutch.
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