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Heather
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# Posted: 16 Feb 2012 16:39


I have a Cockatiel and a Parakeet... both are believed to be in their "senior years" since neither age is know and the previous owner had them for several years.

Anyway... my question is this... birds are basically reptiles with wings right? I currently give them a treat of plain scrambled eggs and I will crush up the shells as well... but I'm wondering... can I give them a sprinkling of the calcium powder I have for the frog's fruit flies?


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# Posted: 16 Feb 2012 19:02


Not sure about the dust, but yes, they can have calcium supplements. My dad has some birds and uses calci-something... not sure of the name, but it is a liquid he adds to water. Supposed to help with eggs and whatnot.



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# Posted: 16 Feb 2012 21:47


Well these two aren't gonna be laying any eggs (Polly isn't a nice girl... she killed her last mate LOL and Tut... well he's a boy LOL

I'll have to check around


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# Posted: 16 Feb 2012 23:12


I'm sure it has other benefits as well.

You get my email a week or so back?



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# Posted: 17 Feb 2012 00:13


No... I didn't get any email!


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# Posted: 17 Feb 2012 04:11


Heather, many breeders usually use cuttlebone for calcium, personally that is all I ever used for my birds over the years.

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# Posted: 17 Feb 2012 12:51


Cuttlebone is a great source of calcium if they use it. Personally its been hit or miss with cockatiels as far as i've seen. My dad bread them for years. JIf you want to supplement them you can get powdered supplements made specififcally for them. The best is powdered. You can put it in their food. In water drops and powder settle to the bottom and can make it taste funny causing them not to drink as much and once it settles its not really working. In food you can stir it up easily and can have a better affect. My dad and other breeders that he knows have told me that and that is how I take care of my Myers parrot.

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# Posted: 17 Feb 2012 14:20


Thank you Brian.

Neither seem to like the cuttle bones and I was just thinking of using sdomething extra to help them along in their "advanced age" LOL


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# Posted: 17 Feb 2012 16:06


email resent



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# Posted: 17 Feb 2012 22:15


which email are you sending to? demuredarlin@yahoo.com? I'm still not getting anything I can no longer access my ellasmommie email


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# Posted: 18 Feb 2012 00:24


re-resent



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# Posted: 18 Feb 2012 01:48


Ok I got it this time LOL I'll look it over and see what I can do


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# Posted: 19 Feb 2012 12:26


Here are a couple ideas. For the cuttle bone scratch it over the food so the powder from it lands on the food. Or greens like spinach or kale, plain yogurt. I give my birds lots of things as some turn into entertainment too.
I have bigger birds now but have had many sizes. Spaghetti squash is fun because once its cooked it kinda gets stringy. I steam mine. Beans are good to, like the black beans or kidney. Try growing wheat grass and setting it in the cage for a little while they may pick at that too.

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# Posted: 19 Feb 2012 15:15


Ok I got it this time LOL I'll look it over and see what I can do


Roger that.



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# Posted: 21 Feb 2012 03:30


Hydro... didn't get a chance to play around with PS today... but you haven't been forgotten.

I've tried offering all sorts of thongs to these two. Not knowing their age makes it a bit tricky. Literally... I could loose either one and couldn't be surprised! Tut, my Cockatiel could be at least 20... Polly around 10-15?

I can get them both to eat scrambled egg... and I got a couple cuddle bones... Tut (the tiel) took a few scratches of it. I got it mostly for Polly because her beak can get VERY long and takes her a while to rub it down. She had the block thing in there, but she didn't seem to like it much. She's a funny gal... wish I could get her a friend but... she killed her last mate... so... I think she's best left alone LOL

Anyway... they have turned their noses up to just about every thing other than seeds, those seed tree branches and honey sticks. Tut will accept banana on occasion, but every thing else it simply ignored.

Ah well... just thought I'd try something new with them... guess if it ain't broke... blah blah blah LOL


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# Posted: 21 Feb 2012 04:51


I've tried offering all sorts of thongs to these two.

giggety



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# Posted: 21 Feb 2012 14:48


LOL THINGS.... they looked funny in the thongs


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# Posted: 21 Feb 2012 17:31


Feeding them eggs = making cannibals of them.
No wonder she killed her mate ... she was hungry.



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