.Did you know that our feathered friends need calcium in their diet, too? And that you can provide it for them with very little effort?
You can supplement calcium by offering dry, sterilized, crumbled chicken eggshells (or crushed oyster shells which can be found at your local feed store) mixed in with mealworms, birdseed, suet, or simply spread on the ground, a rock, a platform feeder. As a matter of fact, if you are supplying mealworms, your birds will need a calcium supplement because mealworms deplete calcium!
Spring is an essential time of year to begin offering eggshells as an assist to breeding females to ensure strong and healthy eggshells. Throughout the summer, providing eggshells benefits both young and adult birds. "Calcium deficiency can cause developmental problems in growing birds. Lack of calcium can cause weak bones in adults."
To learn more, visit: http://www.sialis.org/calcium.htm.