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Spinach and other greens depleting calcium?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by clkingtx, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. clkingtx

    clkingtx Songster

    Dec 1, 2009
    I have been lurking for a while, and something occurred to me while reading through this forum.

    I have seen several postings of well cared for birds coming down with egg laying problems like eyp, and internal laying. I saw one post where the diet was listed and I remembered that many foods like beets, and leafy greens are quite high in oxalic acid(sp?), which interferes with calcium uptake in the body. I just did a quick search, and there seems to be some interference with iron(one form) also, and oxalic acids combining with calcium or iron and causing kidney stones. I would like opinions from others with experience with chickens, does this seem like something that could cause problems, or no?

  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    You are quite correct... this is why you should be very frugal with these items (or simply avoid them)

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