Hello, I have found a lot of conflicting information regarding proper use of cuttle bones and mineral blocks and was hoping for some feedback. I'm curious whether a budgie needs both to maintain proper beak condition and overall health, or if one is preferable to the other. I currently have a mango cuttle bone in Greyjoy's cage and he hasn't touched it other than to use it as a perch and I'm concerned that he will miss out on it's benefits. Perhaps I should replace it with a mineral block? Perhaps have both so he has options? Perhaps try an unflavoured bone? I just want the healthiest, happiest bird possible so any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
I am not too sure about if one is preferable to another mineral block vs. cuttle bone. But I prefer to get natural, unflavored cuttle bone for my Cloud b/c I believe the artificial flavors are unhealthy. As far as I know, cuttle bone is a good source of calcium, but mineral blocks could be a combination of different minerals the birdies need.
It's best to provide both a cuttlebone and a mineral block.
Sometimes it will be weeks or months before your budgie decides to "try" one of them so don't be concerned if that is the case with Greyjoy. When the bird's body needs the calcium and minerals he will start using them.
Some people also recommend using a manu clay mineral rose or block in the cage as well.
I use a "natural" cuttlebone and a flavored mineral block.
In addition, I have a calcium/mineral perch in each cage as well as a comfy clam calcium perch.
This was a great post! I have had a cuttlebone in my birds cage since day one.. it is a flavored one and an unopened mineral block. I will definitely add that to their cage! I was under the impression mine was flavored cuttlebone with mineral block in the middle now I am unsure. Better safe than sorry!
Greetings I agree as well.I use both for my budgie Gracie.took her a month before she started using both.but now she loves them.plus its very good for them to get those important nutrients and calcium.blessings
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