often get calls and e-mails from people whose birds are showing
a number oif different symptoms of poor nerve and/or muscle
function. The most common are fits, twitching, neck twisting
(stargazing), poor flying, inability to perch properly and twirling.
Twirling is when the bird gets onto its back and turns around
in an attempt to get back upright.
there are a number of nasty possible causes of this sort of
behaviour (infections, epilepsy etc) by far the most common
cause is a simple shortage of calcium in the nerves and muscles.
So it is easily fixed by feeding CalciBoost
into the beak. This can be repeated every two hours or so until
the bird recovers. We then recommend that you give your bird
CalciBoost five days a week for about a month to ensure that
the bones are well topped up with calcium.
these problems can occur with any bird three groups are particularly
The first is rapidly growing nestlings. If the bones
are taking most of the calcium then the nerves and muscles
can become deficient. Such cases are often reported in species
being hand reared on "home made formulas" and is particularly
common in touracos who stargaze. Most other species show symptoms
like splayed legs, rickets and lethargy
The second is young birds that have just about reached full
size. These birds pump lots of calcium into the bones to harden
them up and the nerves and muscles can be starved of this
crucial mineral. Twirling is common, and canaries and gouldian
finches are highly prone to this problem.
The third group is egg laying hens whose demand for calcium
to make eggs is very high. Normally this shows up as
egg-binding which is
often accompanied by poor flying, being on the floor with
the legs spread
adult birds it is quite common for African greys and eclectus
to "fall off the perch" in the middle of the night.
of these problems is easy with CalciBoost
given regularly once a week to non breeding birds (twice a week
for greys and eclectus) and five times a week for breeders.
Do not give this product seven days a week as the body can become
dependent on calcium from the gut and the bones lose their ability
to correctly control blood calcium levels.
works far more efficiently than other "traditional" calcium
supplements because it has an exeedingly high absorption rate.
It is also far stronger than the "copies" that have come into
the UK market recently and so offers far better value for money
than its weaker rivals.