Cuttlebone

Published on January 18, 2012 by in Articles, Feeding

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 Cuttlebone, being the skeleton of the cuttlefish and found on the sandy shores of most oceans, is a vey important addition to any captive bird’s diet.  When collecting cuttlebones on the seashore ensure that they are free of all uneaten flesh of the cuttlefish, do not have any oil or other pollutant on them and are washed in clean water and allowed to thoroughly dry out be fore feeding to your birds.

 Cuttlebone provides calcium and salt and helps keep the beak trim.  However, many birds of the parrot family are inordinately fond of chewing and then destroy a cuttlebone as soon as it is offered to them. 

 There are harder and longer lasting cuttlebones blocks on the market, they are composed of powdered cuttlebone and a hardening agent.  Some have added Vitamin B-12 and minerals.

 If a bird refuses to eat either cuttlebone or cuttlebone block, a simple method of enticement is to scrape a few lines across the cuttlebone surface with a nail or fingernail file.

 Another way of ensuring that the bird eats cuttlebone is by adding the bone to its soft food.  The easiest way is by wrapping the bone in a tea cloth, breaking it into small pieces with a rolling pin and grinding it into a fine powder with a coffee grinder.  The disadvantage being that beak grinding is factor lost but you are assured that the bird ingests toe vital minerals.

 Extract from PARROTS AND RELATED BIRDS by Henry J. Bates and Robert l. Busenbark, 3rd edition revised and expanded by Dr Mathew M Vriends

 

Cuttlefish Bone.

 The traditional cuttlefish bone is supposed to provide calcium needed for the full development of the bird’s skeleton and the formation of hard-shelled eggs.  Cuttlefish bones can be replaced with a calcium supplement given on a regular basis to ensure and maximize the absorption of calcium.

 Extract from “A Guide to Neophema & Neopsephotus Genera and their Mutations” by Dr Alain Campagne MD.  English revised edition as translated by Christine Leah BA (Hons) Translation edited and published by ABK Publications,PO Box 6288, SouthTweedHeads, NSW Australia. Published in 2008

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