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Question:

November 6, 2020

Calcium rich foods


Could you list some foods with calcium?


Answer:

We are sorry for the delay in replying to your questions from the Webinar What Should I Feed? Nutritionally Balanced Diets are For the Birds! Presented by Kara Burns. There was a death in Kara’s family and she understandably needed some personal time.

Hi Sunny,

Leafy green vegetables – kale, cabbage, mustard greens, broccoli, dandelion greens, bokchoy, parsley, collard greens.

Spinach, beet greens, and chard are calcium rich, but are high in oxalic acid levels which interferes with calcium absorption – so these are not ideal.

Also kidney beans, chickpeas, pinto beans, black beans, and soybeans. But these must be cooked before being fed to birds. In birds, raw beans have the potential to be toxic, can cause GI upset, and sometimes visceral gout. Uncooked beans also have the potential to decrease the bird’s ability to use certain substances – thus leading to nutritional deficiencies.

Finally, sesame seeds, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and flaxseeds. Remember, nuts and seeds are high in fat and should not make up the bulk of your bird’s diet.

Thank you,

Kara Burns

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