are lots of old wives tales told about splayed legs in cage
and aviary birds and rotating legs in larger birds like emus
and ostriches. Whilst a few instances have medical or
environmental causes the majority of cases have calcium at their
root. This article is intended to explain how calcium
is involved in and how proper calcium supplementation can prevent
are all aware of the role of calcium in bone formation.
In the rapidly growing chick the bones are consuming large quantities
of calcium. If the diet is deficient in calcium, or vitamin
D3, there may not be enough calcium to go round the whole body.
If the nerves and muscles go short of calcium they stop working
properly. For nestlings this means that the leg muscles
are unable to hold the legs together and support the chick's
larger birds uneven muscle function tends to cause the leg to
twist outwards at the hips until the toes point out sideways.
rotations are virtually impossible to treat. CalciBoost
stop the problem getting any worse but is unlikely to reverse
the deformity. For splayed legs setting the legs into
an appropriate splint and simultaneously treating with CalciBoost
will normally return the legs to their normal condition if caught
usual prevention is better than cure. This is achieved
by addressing the calcium levels of both hens and chicks.
This simply involves a weekly dose of CalciBoost
to all non-breeding birds and hens prior to breeding.
For Eclectus and African Greys we recommend twice weekly administration.
During egg-laying we increase the frequency to five days a week
and continue this through the chicks' growth period. CalciBoost
is designed for use in conjunction with Daily
Essentials3 and other Birdcare Company breeding products.
not give CalciBoost
every day. Providing good quality calcium every day can
actually have the reverse result to that you desire. If
all the birds' maintenance calcium requirements are satisfied
from the gut then the bones slowly lose the ability to quickly
pump calcium back into the blood. Egg-binding
can result from this over supplementation in hens.
of the role of calcium in egg shell formation it is critical
to hen health. Using give CalciBoost
routinely will increase clutch sizes, improve shell quality
and hatchability and maintain much healthier hens.