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Can We Please Discuss Cuttlebone/Calcium

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I've seen it generally said cuttlebone cant provide a much if any calcium to birds, because it's calcium carbonate?
So can birds absorb calcium carbonate, and if yes how much?
Reason for this discussion is that I was talking to someone about cuttlebone, and this person went and discovered that oyster shells are also calcium carbonate. Oyster shells seem to be the number 1 reccomendion for supplementing calcium in laying chickens. Can anyone explain why this is so if birds can't absorb much calcium carbonate?? Are chickens just better able to absorb it??
Anyone able to resolve my confusion?
 

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Huh. That makes me curious too, because I think I read in a thread here that you can’t give oyster shells to pet birds (I can’t recall why though) - but if the shells and the cuttlebone are the same thing, why give one and not the other?
 

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Huh. That makes me curious too, because I think I read in a thread here that you can’t give oyster shells to pet birds (I can’t recall why though) - but if the shells and the cuttlebone are the same thing, why give one and not the other?
Aren’t the shells/grit a no as they can’t digest them well sure I’ve seen that somewhere when I had my budgie 8/9years ago The grit was recommended but when I researched it before getting pico I read you shouldn’t
 

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I'm trying to find the article I read this all in once upon a time :lol:
 

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Also one thing while I'm looking - calcium carbonate is what egg shells are made of, so it's not that there are NO benefits to using it. Calcium carbonate is abundant and cheap - both things that are attractive to manufacturers and keepers alike.
 

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Aren’t the shells/grit a no as they can’t digest them well sure I’ve seen that somewhere when I had my budgie 8/9years ago The grit was recommended but when I researched it before getting pico I read you shouldn’t
Softbills need grit to hull seeds. Hookbills can hull seeds so they don´t need grit.
 

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Oyster shells seem to be the number 1 reccomendion for supplementing calcium in laying chickens.
Maybe @fashionfobie can help with the chicken aspect of this.
Keep in mind what is true for poultry might not be true for parrots. They´re all birds but it´s like penguins and pigeons.
 

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Parrots and Calcium discussion

 

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Thanks everyone I'll read it all properly when I get a chance today.
 

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My dad gave oyster shell to his chickens. He said it helped grind their food (in the gizzard).
 

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I'm a bit concerned that this doesn't cite any sources, sometimes contradicts itself, is repetitive and the author information doesn't indicate expertise in the area. This is characteristic of content farm material - unfortunately it's not a good source of information.
 

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Okay thanks for your input. I cannot delete it now but perhaps a @Staff member could.
 
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