Calcium deficiency is the most common deficiency in cage and aviary birds
Calcium supplement Calcivet (CalciBoost in America) stops the most common deficiency in cage and aviary birds, calcium deficiency. Despite the tonnes of cuttlefish bone fed every year, calcium deficiency is still the biggest problem in bird keeping!
A shortage of usable calcium lies at the root of many problems, including egg laying, egg binding, weak hens that cannot lay or continue to breed more clutches, broken bones in young chicks, rickets in baby birds, as well as many health problems including slow moults, french moult, feather plucking, nervousness, flightiness, aggression, twirling, co-ordination problems which may go as far as falling off the perch or being unable to get up on the perch, and even many respiratory problems that are not mite related seem to have a calcium element to them.
Most of the cuttlefish which is supplied to try to raise calcium levels when eaten by the bird goes straight out in the droppings. As with other minerals the difficulty is absorbing it into the bloodstream. So The Birdcare Company developed a super-saturated chelated calcium solution called Cacivet. Calcivet (CalciBoost in America) uses a chelated mineral technology similar to the calcium supplied in nature by plants. So 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 or twice a week (definitely twice for African greys and eclectus).
A couple of years ago we cracked the trick of providing a highly bio-available calcium source in powder form. Our new Calcivet On-Food Powder is much easier to add to egg foods than Calcivet Liquid and has the same exceptional absorption properties. Most other suppliers of powdered calcium do not use chelated calcium so such products are nowhere near as effective as Calcivet On-Food Powder from The Birdcare Company. So if you have tried calcium supplements before from other suppliers and not found much difference in your birds, this could well be why. It is also important to take care to use enough; many people think less is better and then wonder why they keep getting the same old problems. It is easy to be cynical and believe suppliers tell you to use too much to increase their sales, but doing that frequently makes the experience too expensive for bird keepers and that means they stop using the product. So it is not in our interests to advice you to use more than we feel will give the results you are looking for. At The Birdcare Company we try to give really good advice so you get the results you want to have.
Daily Essentials (a powder vitamin and mineral supplement) and Calcivet are the two products that make up The Birdcare Company's supplements system for non-breeding birds. Powdered Calcivet has also enabled us to mix vitamins with it and this is the basis of EasyBird Rest, Moult & Show, an all-in-one-pot product for you! Daily Essentials comes in a selection of grades for different birds. For information on exactly the right “Essentials” product for you ring our free helpline on 0845 130 8600.
Calcium is vital for the breeding season and improves egg production and chick health
When egg laying commences calcium supplementation is essential and is needed at higher levels, so increase Calcivet to five times a week. You will get more eggs, fitter hens that don’t struggle with egg laying and strong boned chicks. 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 Calcivet normally increases clutch sizes, ensures good shell quality and minimises stress on your hens. This in turn helps to keep your hens fit through the breeding season and well capable of laying several clutches and rearing the young chicks.
Young birds require plenty of calcium for strong bone formation and efficient nerve and muscle function. Insufficient calcium can lead to young birds having trouble flying and perching properly. Calcivet (CalciBoost in America) should be continued through the breeding season at the five times a week rate to maintain their natural reserves of this precious mineral. In very hard water areas it may be possible to use Calcivet at lower application rates or less frequently.
Calcium is a crucial mineral for brain function and inadequate amounts in the diet can cause both physical and behavioural problems. These range from poor co-ordination and falling off perches to twirling, star gazing, fits and seizures. Feather plucking, fear and aggression are common symptoms of calcium deficiency too.