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Is Cuttlebone a part of your bird's diet?

The cuttlefish is a small to medium sized mollusk that is found throughout the ocean waters of the world. Cuttlefish have a large, elongated body with eight arms and two tentacles.

There are 120 known species of cuttlefish found across the world varying in size from 15cm to the Australian giant cuttlefish which is often over 50cm in length (not including its tentacles) and weighing more than 10kg.

Cuttlefish possess an internal structure called the cuttlebone (or cuttlefish bone).  Cuttlefish fill their cuttlebone with gasses to help control their buoyancy in the water.

Cuttlebone provides a natural, inexpensive source of calcium carbonate as well as other trace minerals for your bird.  Cuttlebone is about 85% calcium.  The second biggest component in cuttlebone is organic material, which makes up 8.9% and is mainly carbohydrate material.  Calcium is important for maintaining the strength in your bird’s bones, beak, toenails and feathers.   

Cuttlebones have a grainy texture.  In addition to providing your bird with much needed calcium, this grainy texture is helpful in wearing down overgrown beaks and promotes beak and jaw exercise.  The cuttlebone is also fun for birds to claw at which also assists with keeping their nails trim.

Parrotbox sells 100% Australian cuttlefish, no imported product.  Click here to purchase

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