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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:12 pm    Post subject: what is the best way to stop the hen being eggbound

Can any1 please tell me the best way to stop my hen from being eggbound she has calcium and all that kind of stuff and no l DONT want to part her from her mate.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:58 pm    Post subject:

Consistant and good balanced diet. minerails vitimins

And not just cuttle fish and calcuim carbonate
A good source is the stems of Cali and Broccoli chopped up into 1/2 peas size, feed consistantly.

Has she been egg bound...more often than not it can be fatal if not caught fast enough.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:33 pm    Post subject:

This is the 1st time eggbound she gets lots of vegies what l have read on this site but my other hen was allways eggbound and end up dying but l think she sick from day 1 that l got her she never looked well but l tried but lost her 30 minutes ago and l did take her to the vet for help.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:41 am    Post subject:

Not only calcium but also phosphorus is of importance. Too little phosphorus in the diet can show signs of calciumdeficiency. Calcium/phosphorus-ratio has to be 2:1.
70% of vegetable phosphorus is unusable for birds because birds lack the enzym phytase to make the phosphorus available. Animal phosphorus is 100% usable. Bones and dicalcium phosphate are excellent Calcium/phosphorus sources.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:18 pm    Post subject:

Thanks Peter for that l will make sure they get some phosphorus.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:18 am    Post subject:

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Peter very nice tip, it has both components I see (calcium and phosphorus), I checked in wikipedia and I see it's like a complement for poultry.
Do you use it yourself? Have any pics?

About bones... does any of you leave piece of bones around for the birds to destroy?
I was a bit afraid of maybe some hygienic condition after leaving them for too long. I usually let them play around with them for 2 days then remove.

Thanks for the help.

Cheers / Pablo

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:56 am    Post subject:

In plants animals humans, absorbing vitimines , minerails etc all depends on a consistant balanced diet...
Ca needs phosporous, phos needs..cant rem off hand....iron needs vit C
Its like a a big chain reaction.

lamb, beef chop bones we just throw out to the parrots....
If there is a constant supply they will not touch anything that has gone off, be it veggies fruit or meat/bones....problems arise because of inconsistancy or the "treats" concept

Chicken/KFC bones I chop up, so they can get to the marrow inside.
Leftover steak meat from the dinner table I dice up into about 1/2 pea size...or mouthful at a time....this way there is no wastage or left overs
Also a couple small quail running around the bottom of each flight act as little vaccuum cleaners.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:46 am    Post subject:

pabloc wrote:
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dicalcium phosphate


Peter very nice tip, it has both components I see (calcium and phosphorus), I checked in wikipedia and I see it's like a complement for poultry.
Do you use it yourself? Have any pics?



Most eggfoods contain calcium/phosphorus. Only the ratio can vary. I've added eggfood in the past as the only calcium source. Never had any eggbound issues.
I've once made eggfood myself and added a mineral suplement for cats and dogs. http://www.beaphar.co.uk/productdetail/bone-builder/1825/
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:07 am    Post subject:

I mentioned in several older threads that we also do use cat bickets as a treat a couple times a week, a couple per bird Purina brand they are a little more expensive.
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