gravel or no gravel?
Posted 30 March 2004 - 02:24 AM
Posted 30 March 2004 - 02:50 AM
Posted 30 March 2004 - 03:48 AM
For gravel, I don't suggest using it either, and I agree with Lora, Archer, & Kira. It's good for mineral supplemting, and is suppose to help grind food in the crop, however, if a bird eats too much of this, they can impact their crop, or even cut the inside of their crop open. However, I am talking about grit with oyster shells and so forth. There is also grit/gravel (sand) which is for the same porpose of grinding seeds, though its sand so it doesn't have much minerals to it.
Most birds, even finches, don't NEED grit, and the ones in the wild know how to use it in moderation to their food, however not all birds in captivity know how to use it in moderation, and usually don't need it.
If you have grit in the cage, it should be in a cup or dish of some sort so that they are not picking in or around their feces. If you have sand in the cage, then it should be on the ground and away from where the birds cannot get to it.
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