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Clay-Cal Calcium Enriched Clay Supplement for Birds

ENSURES NORMAL DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF BONES

HARI Clay-Cal Bentonite Clay Supplement offers companion bird’s the benefits of natural geophagy, in a ready available supplement, specifically milled to be suitable for companion birds.

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Clay-Cal is derived from Bentonite Clay Granules and Calcium mixed at a healthy ratio to simulate the clay cliffs of Manu in Peru.

Did you know that Clay-Cal Calcium Enriched Clay Supplement…

  • Is derived from European Bentonite (Montmorillonite) Clay Granules, Charcoal and Calcium mixed at a healthy ratio for optimal benefit.
  • Provides supplemental minerals that may be lacking in the routine diet.
  • Has the capacity to adsorb toxic secondary compounds widely distributed in plant foods
  • Protects the gastrointestinal tract from chemical and biological irritation and thus helps to counter gastrointestinal disease.
  • Elevates the pH factor in the digestive system to promote good health and resist disease.
  • Combines the detoxifying benefits of bentonite clay and charcoal with calcium. One of the primary benefits of bentonite clay, specifically montmorillonite clay which has a superior ability to absorb toxins, is its effect on countering dietary toxins by binding toxic chemicals and bacteria.
  • Can act as an antacid protecting the gut lining from corrosion. This alone improves food intake as it protects the GI tract from chemical and biological irritation.
  • Is for companion birds who are regularly supplied with fresh tree branches for perching, chewing and shredding activities. While the wood source is perfectly safe, some of the tannins found in the wood bark can contain secondary compounds toxins. Clay-Cal has the capacity to absorb these toxic compounds and impurities (pesticides, bacteria & fungus) found in wood, plant foods and from genetically modified ingredients, and other non-organics.
  • Is a healthier alternative to common gravel-grit.

Geophagia Explained

In the wild, some bird species, such as parrots, instinctively flock to rock outcrops, or clay licks, where they go to detoxify their digestive systems after consuming toxic food or to add missing nutrients to their diet. This process is called geophagia, which is the consumption of soil or clay for dietary benefit.

Parrots instinctively flock to the clay licks

Avian experts have observed the geophagia activities of several species of wild parrots at clay licks all over the world. Experts believe that consuming clay provides supplemental minerals such as calcium that may be lacking in natural diets as well as helps eliminate dietary toxins in digestive systems.This begs the question: do domestic birds need to detox like their wild counterparts do? You would think not. After all, responsible bird-keepers provide their pet birds with healthy food and a safe environment with no poisonous plants or toxic substances – an ideal setting that is very different from wild birds. But is this enough to protect companion birds against dietary toxins? The answer is no.

Do Companion Birds Need a “DETOX”?

Not everything we absorb and are exposed to is good for us. It’s the same with companion birds. No matter how well the vegetables fed to pet birds are cleaned, it’s not possible to remove all of the fungus and bacteria off of them. Should companion birds chew on wood toys, branches, or perches, they may pick up fungi, more bacteria, tannins in the wood, or a few other undesirables along the way. Clay-Cal has the ability to pass through the birds system, pick up and hold all of these impurities and safely carry it out in their waste. Clay-Cal will not undo a severe toxic exposure – but will help birds deal with the casual exposure that often goes undetected in everyday life. Clay-Cal is not grit and will not impact in the crop.clay-cal_icon-3c

Rich Source of Calcium

As seed diets are low in calcium, supplementing with calcium-enriched Clay-Cal helps with healthy bone development.  Clay-Cal helps to ensure normal development and maintenance of bones, feathers, nervous system, muscle function, blood clotting and cardiac function. You can help improve your Bird’s bone and feather development by providing him with essential calcium that may be lacking in his diet. clay-cal_icon-1aCalcium helps build strong bones and feathers and may aid in the reduction of feather plucking. In breeding Birds, calcium plays an integral role in building strong egg shells and may help in reducing egg binding.

Symptoms of Calcium Deficiency in Birds:

  • Soft shelled,  thin shelled eggs or eggs with a chalky texture.
  • Egg binding – bones fail to provide enough calcium for the egg. When the nerves and muscles run low on calcium they stop working properly.
  • Poor nerve and muscle function –  your Bird can’t fly well, his wings droop and his legs are apart.
  • Fear, biting, aggressive behavior to self-mutilation.
  • Poor co-ordination, flying and perching. It is quite common for pet African Greys to fall off their perch in the middle of the night when they lose the ability to grip properly. Often these Birds have trouble landing even in familiar surroundings. Extreme cases lead to fits that are often incorrectly diagnosed as epilepsy. Parrots often make a clenched fist during these attacks. Finches and Canaries may end up on their backs and twirl. Budgies simply have difficulty getting themselves off the ground.
  • Lack of vitality.

Note: Your Bird may be too lethargic to be able to exhibit some of these signs. If your Bird shows any signs of these symptoms we recommend you consult a qualified veterinarian.

clay-cal_icon-2bCreates Healthy Gut Flora

Clay-Cal contains montmorillonite clay, a bentonite with superior cation properties. The clay in Clay-Cal can help as a digestive aid, neutralizing the pH, helping to bind toxins. Bentonite clay has extremely strong adsorptive and absorptive properties making it ideal for total body detoxification against toxins, bacteria and other impurities. Furthermore, as an alkalizing agent, its elevated pH level can play a critical role in the body’s ability to remain healthy and resist disease. Clay-Cal is especially milled for parrot and passerine consumption and is combined with charcoal as calcium, a necessary mineral for companion birds.

Recommended Species

  • Companion Birds challenged with malnutrition
  • Companion Birds that consume fruits and vegetables with trace amounts of secondary toxins
  • Companion Birds that have excessive tannin ingestion from chewing wooden items
  • Breeding birds
  • Companion Birds transferring to new home or environment
  • Companion Birds showing lack of vitality

Feeding Guide

As a daily supplement: mix or sprinkle 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of Clay-Cal onto your bird’s favorite greens, vegetables and/or fruits. Moist food helps ensure the absorption of the clay and increases the benefits of cationic activity, while at the same ensuring the likelihood that the supplement will be consumed. Alternatively, you can sprinkle or mix up to 2 teaspoons (10 ml) with extruded pellets or seeds.

For passerines – Finches & Canaries, or Budgies, an additional bowl can also be used for free feeding.**

Replenish the supplement at least 3 times per week. Replace when soiled.

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As a detox: to provide a detoxifying regime for your bird we recommend the HARI Clay-Cal 21 day Clay Milk regime: With a plastic or non-metallic spoon, mix 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of HARI Clay-Cal with 125 mL (1/2 cup) of water. Let mixture settle overnight. The “mud” will sink to the bottom and a “milky” liquid know as “clay milk” will float to the top. The “clay milk” can be served to birds in a non-metallic drinking bowl for detoxification therapy. Change water daily. Repeat for 21 days. Save the “mud” (see advanced uses below)!

Advance uses for Clay-Cal: Mud poultice for wounds; The”mud” can be applied to bird’s skin as a soothing and healing “bandage”. Especially beneficial to toes and wing injuries that are typically difficult to bandage. As the “mud” dries, toxins are drawn away from the wound and promotes faster healing. Bonus, if the bird picks at the drying clay – it’s okay too!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Clay-Cal is not a substitute for seeking medical attention. Should your bird develop symptoms of illness, consult your Avian Veterinarian. Bentonite clay can interfere with medications prescribed by your veterinarian. Please inquire with your veterinarian in the event of any such prescription.

**Clay-Cal is a soluble clay and not to be confused with traditional grit products that cause crop impaction.

Ingredients

Bentonite (montmorillonite clay), calcium carbonate, charcoal.

Manufactured in a facility that packages products containing nuts.

Guaranteed Analysis

Calcium min 7.5%
Calcium max 8.0%

Available Sizes

80330 Clay-Cal Calcium Enriched Clay Supplement 250 g 0.55 lb
80331 Clay-Cal Calcium Enriched Clay Supplement 500g 1.1 lb
80332 Clay-Cal Calcium Enriched Clay Supplement 1 kg 2.2 lb

 

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