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: No cuttlebone, what to do ?


Maqhoor
03-14-2009, 02:22 AM
Hi all,

It seems that in our country there is no cuttlebone, I would like to know if there is any food substitute for the the cattlebone

a food that have calcium.

Thanks,
by the way I am new here:D

louara
03-14-2009, 02:27 AM
I have never offered a cuttlebone to Gracie-Mae. She is on a pellet diet and she gets plenty of calcium from the pellets and from the fresh veggies she eats daily,so I do not offer her a supplement. If you are worried about low calcium intake you can offer broccoli and even plain yogurt is ok for budgies to eat and they are a wonderful source of calcium. A natural source is always better than a supplement,it is ingested more easily and the vitamin content is higher.

Nika
03-14-2009, 03:08 AM
You can offer crushed egg shell after you boil an egg. Or even give a bigger piece so they can play with it and eat it at the same time.
Also, a little cottage cheese is OK too.

Maqhoor
03-14-2009, 03:08 AM
Thanks louara :D

I have never used cuttlebone, but I read here it is important and everyone should have it.

Maqhoor
03-14-2009, 03:20 AM
You can offer crushed egg shell after you boil an egg. Or even give a bigger piece so they can play with it and eat it at the same time.
Also, a little cottage cheese is OK too.

The crushed egg shell seems excellent, I will try in a few hours, but the shell egg when crushed should be very small, tiny peices like soil?

lisashomeoffice
03-14-2009, 08:34 AM
Hello, and welcome to our forum!

I don't know what country you live in;however, if you are unable to get them there you might want to try getting them mail order. There are many reliable online sellers out there. Ebay has a bunch of sellers that sell bird stuff, and you will probably get better service from one of them because you can give them negative feedback if you get bad service. If you input "cuttlebones" into the search bar you will, or should find some from sellers who sell them. If you can't find it under cuttlebone input bird items. Ask some of the sellers if have them. Most of them have an online store and might have them. Maybe you can order them in quantity so that you can get a price break on them.



Lisa

pinktaffy
03-14-2009, 09:37 AM
i would say ebay is a good place to look. i use a cuttlebone for my buddy as his beek was quite long wen i got him and it works a treat for him.

SusanBudgies
03-15-2009, 04:14 AM
Here are several sources of calcium: http://www.thebirdclinic.com/UploadedFiles/BirdClinicHandout13.pdf.

pinktaffy
03-15-2009, 08:46 AM
Here are several sources of calcium: http://www.thebirdclinic.com/UploadedFiles/BirdClinicHandout13.pdf.
thats a gr8 link ty i will be useing that verry usefull:budgie:

SpickyDavies
03-15-2009, 01:07 PM
crushed oastyer shell grit, and put egg shell in microwave for 3 minutes, cool crush and serve

nokia6630videos
03-15-2009, 01:15 PM
i finally found cuttlerbones 1 week ago !!!!!!!:party2:
at first they ignored it but 3 or 4 days later the poor cuttlebone was gone :D

Nika
03-15-2009, 10:33 PM
...put egg shell in microwave for 3 minutes, cool crush and serve

Are you talking about a raw egg shell or even when the egg was cooked?

Nika
03-15-2009, 10:34 PM
at first they ignored it but 3 or 4 days later the poor cuttlebone was gone :D

Budgies are known as cuttlebone destroyers :D

Siobhan
03-15-2009, 11:39 PM
I'm not sure calcium is the only reason they need cuttlebone. It's also to keep their beaks from getting too long. My budgies only use theirs about once a week, but they use it very regularly.

sschlitt
03-15-2009, 11:49 PM
Ya, mine only use thiers randomly but it keeps their beaks nice and trim