Cart Is Empty
In issue 315 -
Security – with crime on the increase we must keep our wits about us. By Tony Edwards
In issue 315 -
Paradise Park – fifty-one years after it was founded. By Rosemary Low
In issue 315 -
Avoid Feeding All Types of Cabbage to Parrots. The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran
In issue 315 -
Utilise Your Parrot’s Aptitude. Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens
Subscribe To Parrots Magazine - Don't miss a thing

Calcium – Why is it so important for your pet parrot?

Spreads for web Parrots 278 4

By Thomas Dutton BVM&S CertAVP(ZooMed) DipECZM(avian) MRCVS

Providing your pet parrot with correct nutrition can be confusing! Lots of different diets are recommended and the internet is awash with conflicting information. Many different parrot species are kept, and as you would expect, they don’t all have the same nutritional requirement or preferences. This article will specifically look at the micromineral – Calcium and its importance to pet parrots.

Parrots have a high calcium requirement, with the mineral being required for bone development, egg shell formation, but also normal body metabolism and neuromuscular function. Calcium deficiency can be a potentially life threatening disease.

Control of calcium levels in the avian body: Calcium levels in the body are controlled by the hormone’s calcitonin, parathyroid hormone and vitamin D. In female (hen) birds’ calcium is stored in the middle of large bones like the femur and humerus providing a source of calcium for eggshell formation, when calcium from blood and diet would not be sufficient to meet demand.

Buy Now!

Promotions

Newsletter

Subscribe Now

Subscribe to parrots magazine

Subscribe today to the best most widely read magazine for parrot lovers.

 
 

Our Address

Parrots magazine is published by
Imax Visual Ltd, West Building,
Elm Grove Lane, Steyning BN44 3SA

Telephone +44 (0)1273 464777
© Parrots magazine 2023