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Cuttle bone

Postby Marnie » Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:34 am

Do Senegals need a cuttle bone?
or is it across the board that all birds need a cuttle bone?

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Re: Cuttle bone

Postby Marnie » Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:49 pm

What? no body knows?
or everybody knows except me?
what gives?
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Re: Cuttle bone

Postby entrancedbymyGCC » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:30 pm

Sometimes it takes a while for people to get around to reading!

I have a cuttlebone in my GCCs cage. I'm still kind of a newbie and I don't know about Senegals specifically, but my understanding was that for most parrots they can be a good beak conditioner and provide some mineral supplementation. And if you put it in a plastic holder like I did, boinging it so it rattles against the cage is somewhat entertaining....
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Re: Cuttle bone

Postby Marnie » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:34 pm

thank you, i have an extra one from the keets. i'll put it in tonight since it can't hurt.
wonder what she'll think of it? she is always a littl leary of new stuff :)
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Re: Cuttle bone

Postby skthurley » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:36 pm

I don't have one in my Sennie's cage purely cause I keep forgetting to toss one in.

As mentioned, at the very least, cuttle bones are fun chew toys to help keep beaks conditioned :)
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Re: Cuttle bone

Postby Kim S » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:33 am

Sennies are african parrots and they are known to be prone to calcium shortage. So any aditional calcium source sounds good to me.

On the other hand (and I am sorry Entranced for not having any proof of this), a lot of cockatielbreeders I know take the cuttlebones away during breeding time, or dont give them at al. Since they are the skeleton of sea animals there's a lot of salt in them, making the birds drink a lot more than they normaly would. When breeding this can cause the birds to feed the chicks only water, thus getting too little nutricients into the young ones.

Personally I have them in every cage and aviary I own, except during breeding. I have had one pair that fed their young only water. Two of the three died before I knew what was going on and could intervene.
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Re: Cuttle bone

Postby TheNzJessie » Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:53 am

not sure about sennies but i dont see the harm in one...my lorikeet has one and my budgie they both benefit from one
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Re: Cuttle bone

Postby Marnie » Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:31 am

well i stuck it in there and she has completely ignored it so far. we'll see how long it takes before she takes a nibble.
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Re: Cuttle bone

Postby Kim S » Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:48 am

Sometimes they ignore it for weeks untill they get it into their heads and demolish it in five minutes :D
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Re: Cuttle bone

Postby martins99 » Thu May 16, 2019 6:31 pm

Yes, I would say yes.

It provides their body with calcium and helps them with beak-work.

Here is why cuttlebone for parakeets is important: https://ecopetlife.com/cuttlebone-for-parakeets/
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