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Breeder Articles / Breeding
So your birds are now getting a daily vitamin / mineral
What else do they need?
Well some of them (hens and chicks) will require a calcium supplement
too. Calcium deficiency is probably an even bigger problem for
bird keeping than vitamin A deficiency. Most owners give their
birds cuttlefish bone thinking their bird is getting enough calcium.
Wrong, throw away that cuttlefish bone! Most of the cuttlefish
eaten goes straight out in the droppings. The difficulty with
calcium is getting it to dissolve inside the gut. So our product
is a super-saturated calcium solution called CalciBoost.
It is easily absorbed and quickly gets to the bones, nerves and
muscles where it is needed. It is such an effective calcium source
that most of the year you will only need it once a week (twice
for African Greys and Eclectus).
BREEDING BIRDS: Also Calcium is essential for breeding
birds and their young. Hens require extra calcium to make good
quality egg shells. As most birds only carry enough calcium stored
in their bones to make about three eggs, CalciBoost
normally increases clutch sizes, ensures good shell quality and
minimizes stress on your hens. Thus when egg laying commences
to three to five times a week. You will get more eggs, fitter
hens that don't struggle with egg-laying and strong boned chicks.
Now that we have the daily essential vitamin and calcium requirements,
what other supplement is crucial for healthy birds? Protein. Rapidly
growing young birds require a lot of protein for good growth.
Twenty percent is a fair rule of thumb. So, as the protein level
of the diet increases, this sends a message to the adult birds
that raising chicks is likely to be a good prospect. Traditional
captive bird diets have protein levels between 8% and 12%. These
are too low for either good adult breeding stimulation or maximum
There are two ways to improve dietary protein. The first is to
add limiting amino acids to the diet. This guarantees (if you
add enough) that the bird can utilize all of the protein in the
seed, fruit or pulses that you are feeding it. To achieve this,
simply feed Daily
Essentials 3 in a good quality eggfood or on fruit
and vegetables or Daily Essentials 4 on pulses. One of the benefits
of this system is too help maintain your birds at the correct
bodyweight. Like humans, it is not healthy for birds to be overweight.