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Mineral Block for Pigeons and Aviary Birds

  • Mineral Block for Pigeons and Aviary Birds
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Mineral Block for Pigeons and Aviary Birds – nutrition for conditioning.

Grain and seeds comprise much of the intake of wild pigeons, but birds cannot thrive on a diet of these foods alone. In the wild, healthy pigeons will also consume fruits, vegetable matter and insects, as well as an assortment of dirt, stones and shells. This varied diet gives wild pigeons access to the broad range of vitamins, minerals and trace elements that are needed for good health. 

Although you may provide your pigeons with added “natural” foods such as fruit and greens, ultimately it is very difficult to replicate the breadth of a wild diet. Due to the demands of racing and breeding, it is rare that even a “complete” pelleted feed contains all of the vitamins and minerals required by pigeons in the loft. This is why birds that are allowed to “free range” so enthusiastically pick at dirt and stones, or seek out insects in the garden.

Although a small imbalance or deficiency in the diet is unlikely to cause identifiable symptoms, in the long run it will affect bird health. This is of particular importance in brood stock, as deficiencies are passed on to hatchlings. Symptoms of mild deficiencies, such as lethargy, poor growth and increased susceptibility to parasites and disease, are fairly general and are often wrongly attributed to environmental factors when they could, in fact, be easily avoided by providing a balanced diet.

In order to provide pigeons with a complete diet that will improve racing condition and ensure successful reproduction, it is necessary to supplement their ration with essential vitamins and minerals. A balanced diet will lead to healthier, more robust birds with improved stamina and strength, and better quality off-spring.

 

The Mineral Block for Pigeons and Aviary Birds available from Dine a Chook ® is a complete mineral supplement. It has been formulated specifically for pigeon conditioning, and is part of a balanced ration program.

Mineral Block for Pigeons and Aviary Birds contains:

 

  • Four hard grits to aid digestive function.
  • Three naturally occurring sources of calcium, including sterilised seashells and egg shells, in order to improve feather quality, ensure strong bones and aid reproduction.
  • Trace elements not commonly available in feeds, including iodine, iron, sulphur and magnesium.
  • Seaweed, in order to provide sea minerals and make the block palatable to birds.

 

These minerals and grits, balanced to mimic a natural diet, are suspended in a tentonite clay matrix designed to break into bite-sized morsels when pecked. With these convenient pick stones, birds can be allowed to self-regulate intake, ensuring that each individual bird receives the nutrition that it needs.

Recommended for quail, doves, passerine birds and pigeons. No loft or aviary is complete without a Mineral Block from Dine a Chook ® Australia.


Mineral Block for Pigeons and Aviary Birds details

 

  • This 500 g Pick Stone will last for months.
  • Specifically formulated for racing pigeon conditioning and for breeding birds.
  • Containing a range of hard grits, calcium, trace elements and sea minerals in order to ensure a balanced, nutritionally sound diet.
  • All elements and minerals are provided in a highly absorbable form.
  • A sterile and hygienic source of calcium and grits.
  • Highly palatable.
  • Designed for self-regulation.
  • Convenient ‘set up and forget’ form.
  • Made in Australia from 100% Australian ingredients.

 

How to use Mineral Blocks for Pigeons and Aviary Birds

Unwrap the pick stone. Situate the block in a clean, dry position where it will not become contaminated by birds walking or defecating on it. Protect from the elements.

Check the block regularly for contamination. Scrub lightly with a brush or scourer to remove soiled areas. Replace as necessary.

Note that not all aviary birds require hard grit for digestive purposes, and the over-consumption of grit in psittacines (parrots, budgerigars, cockatiels etc) and passerines (finches, canaries, songbirds) can lead to health problems. For these birds, a liquid vitamin supplement such as those found here (D-3 Vita and Liquid Vitamins) is recommended.


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