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Low Blood Calcium Levels in Birds

Acute Hypocalcemia In Birds


In order to ensure a healthy bird, you must give it a well-balanced diet. This will help prevent any nutritional disorder in your animal. However, if there is a calcium, vitamin D3 and phosphorus imbalance in your bird’s body, it can lead to Acute Hypocalcemia (or a presence of low serum calcium levels in the blood).


Symptoms and Types


The bird with acute hypocalcemia will show one or all of the following symptoms:


  • Weakness
  • Tremors (looks like shivering)
  • Seizures




Parathyroid gland abnormalities can lower the calcium levels in the blood, consequently leading to acute hypocalcemia. A lack of proper sunlight for the bird can also cause levels of calcium in the blood to be abnormally low. This is because the vitamin D3 (received from the sun) is not converted to calcium by the bird’s body.