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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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Conures and calcium?

How do you get calcium in your conure? Mine has a massive cuttlebone but has not touched it or the mineral block since I got her.
I'm worried she's not getting enough calcium since her beak started peeling a bit.

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If they need it they'll use it... you don't need to make your bird eat the Cuttlebone or put Calcium on their food or anything.
For example, a normal bird may not touch their Cuttlebone except the odd nibble here and there but if you breed the same bird they may devour their whole Cuttlebone within a few days or a week.
They will use it if they need the Calcium.
Also, SOME beek peeling is normal in Parrots, but if it's constantly happening or if it's coming off in big chunks then I'd worry.



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My budgies visit their mineral block and cuttle bone daily. Just strange to me that's all
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My GCC does not use her mineral block but devours cuttlefish bones!
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Hmmm... Maybe I'll play with it in front of her and she'll realize it's there.

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I don't think that conures that have as many calcium defeciencies usually its Greys, I give mine free choice pellets as well as the mash diet and organic seeds and dark leafy greens and they seem very healthy

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Mine all eat a natural diet and they seem to be doing fine on that. With fresh foods you can grate some cuttlebone onto them if you're really worried they're not getting it in their diet but don't do this too often

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Well, she seems like she found the mineral block and the cuttle bone! Two days and they're both half gone! Jesus she can chew!!!

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