...and the benefit's?. Im not being a smart ....
Just want to know?
There are quite a bit of benefits the things in Red Cell can give your birds. First off, it helps in making blood, which means more oxygen being pumped through the system. Here's a few of the vitamins and what they are good for:
B-12 - is necessary for maximum growth in young birds. Also important in reproduction. Even though bacteria in the gut can produce B12, it is not a dependable source. Vitamin supplements provide adequate supplies of B12. Found in wheat germ, peanuts, and peas.
B-6 - functions in the building and breaking down of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It is mainly involved with proteins and amino acids. Can be found in both plants and animal products. Very little is stored in the body. Most practical diets require the addition of B6 for growth. Corn, sunflower, rice and peas.
E - antioxidant, which is used by the body to prevent chemicals in the body from damaging cells. This is sometimes referred to as the "sex" vitamin as is necessary for the pituitary, adrenal and sex hormones. Vitamin E works together with other minerals, especially selenium. Found in safflower, peanuts, sunflower, whole grains.
A - stored in the liver and is needed for good vision. It is essential for resistance to infections, particularly in the sinuses. It is important for healthy eyes, skin and mucous membranes. Found in peas, dandelion leaves, and red chilli peppers.
D-3 - regulates the absorption of calcium from the intestines. Without enough Vitamin D, the absorption of calcium is slowed, which can cause inadequate bone development. D-3 is the only D vitamin birds can use.
Here's something from one of my favorite avian nutrition sites:
"No one seed species, by itself, will contain all of the nutrients required by a bird for long-term good health. Even combining a variety of seeds together may not provide complete nutrition for most birds. According to Dr. Randall N. Brue of Kaytee Products in Chilton, Wisconsin, most seed mixes fed to companion birds have these deficiencies:
•Specific Amino acids- Lysine, methionine
•Vitamins - Vitamins A, D-3, B-12, and riboflavin. Possibly vitamins E, K, pantothenic acid, biotin, niacin, and choline.
•Minerals - Calcium, and possibly sodium.
•Trace Minerals - Possibly iron, copper, zinc, manganese, iodine, and selenium.
Relying on seeds as the sole diet of most bird species will result in malnutrition. Some bird species will display signs of malnutrition earlier than others, depending on what that species requirements are. Signs of malnutrition in birds include:
•Excessive growth of the beak and nails
•Black discoloration in green or yellow feathers
•Excess keratin (horn) on the beak, giving it a scaley appearance
•Paralysis (lutino cockatiels)
•Brown thickened flaking cere (budgerigars)
•Egg binding, soft-shelled eggs, spraddle legged babies
•Feather destructive behavior
•Fatty liver disease
Malnutrition is not limited to birds on an all-seed diet. Other diets, including formulated diets, can also contribute to malnutrition."
Now of course some of those malnutrition symptoms do not apply to pigeons, but most of them do.
Note that the only things listed in the possible deficiencies that Red Cell does NOT contain, are Nancin, Vitamin K, and the first two listed amino acids.
Here's two sites that can really help when it comes to nutrition with birds:
Also, Hambone, I'm pretty sure all Red Cell is Yucca flavored (I don't know what that tastes like
) But I do see it has cherry flavoring in it. That has to help a little
Cherry sounds better than Yucca, LOL.
I would also like to point out that there is another thing similar to Red Cell that has a couple extra things in it that could help our birds. It's called Red Flex. I haven't seen any around here but I would like to try it when I find it. It has Glucosamine HCI and Chondroitin Sulfate, which are good for joints. For those who race, that could help out the birds a lot and keep them racing longer.