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Provide Calcium To Pet Birds

Cuttlebone and mineral blocks offer stable forms of calcium to birds

By Nikki Moustaki

Broccoli is a great source of calcium
Dark, leafy greens, like broccoli and kale, are calcium rich foods to offer your birds.

Cuttlebone (which comes from a type of squid) and mineral blocks offer a stable form of calcium, calcium carbonate, to pet birds. You can attach these items to cage bars for easy access. The soft side of the cuttlebone should be facing the bird, not the hard portion, which they might not be able to scrape through. These items also often contain trace minerals vital to a bird’s daily bodily functions:

Iron — for red blood cell formation and function, carrying oxygen in the bloodstream and egg production.

Manganese — to properly metabolize fats and sugars and improve egg hatchability

Potassium — maintains normal heart and muscle activity

Zinc — immune system

Copper — for proper circulation and healing

Magnesium — activates enzymes

Phosphorus — for calcium metabolism

Sodium — for almost every bodily function

Even if your bird has access to a cuttlebone, it will still need to absorb calcium from foods, such as leafy greens, because these natural sources are more readily digestible.

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Dean, Phoenix, AZ
Posted: 8/6/2014 4:51:33 PM
Good info!
Heather, Enid, OK
Posted: 5/13/2008 9:09:07 PM
great article
Jennifer, Madras, OR
Posted: 5/13/2008 8:47:45 PM
Excellent litle article!
joan, franklin square, NY
Posted: 5/13/2008 7:47:36 AM
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