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Posted 7/1/2009 6:57:32 AM
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Let's get past the debate about whether they (cuttlefish) are an effective dietary supplement - my birds are entertained by them so that's good enough for me.

I have purchased the "Top Wing" brand and it has a little metal clip for attaching "to all cage types" - however my birds will bite and twist the clip off and render it ineffective. So sometimes the cuttlefish only gets 2 or so bites before it ends up on the cage floor and gets crapped on.

Is there a "proper" way to attach it so it doesn't end up on the cage floor?
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Posted 7/1/2009 7:42:15 AM
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Well, if your birds are EATING it, can you break it up into their food...a bit each day? I think they make little cages to hold foods close to the cages. Maybe that is a good idea. I know that many birds do not eat the cuttle bone but use it to rub their beaks on and to keep them smooth and clean.
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Posted 7/1/2009 8:21:53 AM


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My teil did the same thing yrs ago and I used to push it horizontally between the bars.  He would stand on it and chew it to bits.

They do make a holder with a bottom to it.  I think i remember seeing them at petco.

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Those metal clips are so flimsy, have you tried quick ties? They can bite through them also but you can buy a bunch at Lowes or Home Depot and just keep replacing them as needed, they are also good for use in making/hanging toys.

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Posted 7/2/2009 3:33:31 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll try them out and see which works best.
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Posted 7/2/2009 11:00:34 AM
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I do what Ditty did, I put them between the bars of the cages (only I put them standing up on the top because the cages are all locked and empty inside).

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Posted 7/2/2009 9:35:09 PM


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Hi fids!

how about a holder:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=14334



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Posted 7/26/2009 4:46:08 PM
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I used to use those type of cuttle bones until one of my tiels recieved a nasty cut which left a huge scar on his face under his eye.  Now I buy the type that have a wire built right into the back of the mineral block part of it.  Not only is it better for them [because they get the extra minerals as well as the calcium from the cuttle bone] but they also have no way of getting it down and getting hurt from it.  When the cuttle bone/ mineral block is all eaten, you mearly remove the wire and throw it away.  Good luck.

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Posted 7/26/2009 4:57:40 PM


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Personally, my birds have both a mineral block and a cuttle bone. I buy the larger cuttle bones that have no sort of hole, because they're a better buy (HUGE for less money), $1.10 for that type, $3.99 to buy a packaged one in the store. Anyway...I use a stainless steel screw to put a hole in the top, and then use a cable tie to secure it at a the top to the cage. My birds have never had much luck with holders, so this is just easier for me.

Hope you find something that works for you .


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Posted 7/27/2009 5:25:02 AM
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I simply drill a hole through the cuttlefish with a hand wood drill, thread some cord through and tie it in an appropriate spot.
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