Thanks to 100% natural CalciYummy, my nutritional bird food recipes are even healthier for bird bones, beaks, eggs and - of course - tummies.

“But what’s CalciYummy?” I hear you cry.

It is calcium-rich, superclean and yummy seeds formulated to improve the health of Britain’s garden birds. We enrich all my bird foods at the bird food centre with CalciYummy, because that’s what’s best for Britain’s birds.

My team of specialists at The Haith’s Bird Food Centre continue to focus on health, welfare and conservation and improving the standard of bird diets in the UK. That sounds very grown up, doesn’t it? Well we’re serious about bird welfare but that doesn’t mean we don’t want you to enjoy yourself. In fact, we want you and the birds to enjoy yourselves more by knowing that you’re feeding bird food that will help birds thrive and survive.

Recently my team uncovered scientific evidence to support the important role calcium plays in a bird’s diet: “It has many functions, including: skeletal development, muscle and nerve contraction, control of other metabolic processes, such as hormone secretion and of course the production of high-quality, well-shelled eggs,” explains the research and development team.

Because calcium is clearly essential in a bird’s diet we’ve been researching ways to make it more accessible to wild birds and – importantly, at what levels, as we know the levels will fluctuate during the year, during the breeding season for example.

Why birds need calcium:

A diet that’s insufficient in calcium can mean deficiencies in skeletal development, egg production and other important bodily functions can result. Young birds that are calcium-deficient can grow abnormally, leading to bowing or fractures in bones. Not a pleasant thought.

However, a diet that’s adequate in calcium is likely to lead to:

- Better skeletal development
- Larger broods
- Higher fledgling success
- Eggs with correct shell thickness and less likely to break
- Optimal body condition in adults
- Calcium also helps provide roughage

And that’s why all my bird foods now contain natural CalciYummy and are adequate in calcium.

CalciYummy! Please don’t be fooled by its playful name. We’re ALWAYS serious about nature conservation. It’s 100% natural and it’s good for birds. So next time you’re filling your feeder, think of this: to stop egg shells from being thin - you’re putting CalciYummy in! Got it? Great!

Bill Oddie x

Below: Radiograph showing the healing of a fractured bone of the wing of a bird. This would be impossible without adequate dietary calcium.

Radiography and copyright by Professor John E Cooper.