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Rabbit salt blocks

Hi everyone, I do have a question. Does anyone know if rabbit salt blocks are good for birds? Thai was suggested by a renowned bird expert to a breeder friend of mine. She told me that her birds are flourishing and breed profusely since she started giving it to them. The expert is Bob Nelson.
My other question is that my female cockatiel of seven years and a good breeder has just recently started to eat her poop. Does anyone know why she is doing this. Her diet hasn't changed.
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I recommend giving salt wheels (the white, unflavored rodent ones) for birds who pluck and chew their feathers/their chicks' feathers. Birds who have sodium deficiencies will sometimes pluck and chew their own feathers or their chicks' feathers to supplement themselves. So salt wheels are safe.

And a cockatiel breeder of 20 years has this article on poop-eating:
http://justcockatiels.weebly.com/eating-droppings.html

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I am an advocate of salt, but you do need to keep it in check.
I think it is pretty well excepted that salt is bad for you.
But if you are like me and sweat a lot you need to replenish the salt that comes out in your sweat.
We are all saline based. And even parrots are known to seek out places like the Manu Salt lick for it's minerals.
It all comes back to keeping it all in balance.

Thank you BJknight93 for the link on pooh eating fids. I will enjoy reading that later to day.
Before I go there I would guess it is the same as dogs! It could be an indicator that they lack some minerals in their diet. So will be interesting to see how wrong I am.


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my rabbits dont ever touch their salt block, only if i show it to them by hand. do you think it would be okay to give the untouched salt block to my birds? Its the pure white kind.
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Rabbits have pasteurella in their saliva..which can be harmful to birds if it enters their blood stream (usually by being bitten). I am not sure of the dangers of birds ingesting pasteurella, but to be on the safe side and just in case the rabbits have touched the block without you knowing I would not give it to your birds. The small rodent wheel salt blocks are only a few bucks anyway. I would not risk it over a couple dollars.

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I am not sure what bacteria is in it but from what I have heard ALL mammal saliva is toxic to birds if injested... This is one reason we do not offer birds food from our mouths or allow them to kiss our mouths. I agree I would not risk it... Btw I always thought salt was a no-no for birds as their kidneys cannot handle it....

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okay. thanks you! its good i didnt put it by my birds yet (and i wont). they are only $0.49 at fleet farm!
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Salt is good, if given in limited amounts. It is a neccessary part of a bird's diet...this is why birds with salt deficiencies sometimes pluck their own feathers or other birds feathers and chew on them.

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Cuttle bone and mineral blocks for birds are not that expensive and would be better to use.

Keep in mind what BJKnight93 has said.
Some will tell you salt is bad, but like many things they are not bad in moderation. It is all about balance.
Same as diet.
I.E. a caged bird that gets very little exercise will need a slightly different diet than birds who are kept like mine. Who need a higher energy diet due the amount of flying they do. Like aviary birds.


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I like the 8 in 1 mineral blocks... Mine is shaped like a pineapple and has a lot of trace minerals including iodine.. I am not sure if it has salt in it also... It costs less than $2. At Walmart.
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Thanks ParroltetsRock i will have to try that

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