Do Parakeets Need Grit?

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by redhen, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    My parakeets are eating seed... (i'm trying to switch them over to pellets)..
    But anyways.. if they are eating seed..do they need grit?
    Thanks for any advice!
     
  2. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    No. They shell their seeds so they don't need grit to digest them and grit often causes impaction issues in hookbills.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Thanks, Akane! [​IMG]
     
  4. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exactly what Akane said. Parakeets can get their crops compacted full of grit.

    No need for it, they hull their seeds [​IMG]
     
  5. markbirds

    markbirds Out Of The Brooder

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    35 years of breeding keets, YES they do need oyster shell to help with digestion. Hulling or not they do need it.
     
  6. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    If I recall I think they need a cuttle bone.I think it has something to do with minerals,not positive.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  7. VioletandBodie

    VioletandBodie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    minrol blocks/cuttle bones ok, grit is a no no though beacuse in can compact in there crop and kill them
     
  8. Akane

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    For every person who says they need grit you'll find 5 just as experienced who say they don't and most of those say it could cause health problems. Which is why I went with no. They should have a cuttlebone or other source of calcium though.
     
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Thanks everyone! They do have a cuttlebone...
    I dont think they use it yet though... [​IMG]
     
  10. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try scratching the cuttle bone over their food until they learn to use it.
     

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