Homemade remedies and supplements


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Jul 18, 2013
Cayman Islands
(4 - Blue & Gold Macaws) Jay, Zazou, Sassy, Pedra
(2 - Scarlet Macaws) Tiki & Taco
(1 - Shamrock Macaw) Rasta
(2 - Cayman Amazons)
(2 - Quakers)
(1 - Yellow Nape Amazon) Papi
I've been searching the web for homemade remedies and supplements that can be made from natural products to help boost and keep my Macaws healthy.
Please, if you have your own, share your homemade remedies and supplements.
I was thinking of boiling Garlic and Lime (lemon) leaves for them to drink (when cooled) or Aloe Vera. Here in the Cayman Islands we're free of all diseases and virus that can be found elsewhere in the world but we're still susceptible to the common parasites/worms that can be found in your household pets. All my macs are kept in an outdoor aviary and I was thinking of giving them some sort of natural supplement to keep them happy. I try to keep their diet as natural as possible. So was hoping I can give them some sort of treat/supplement that can be made easily rather than a manufactured chemically produced supplement.

So far majority of what I've found consist of…
Natural Remedies for an Ill Parrot | Birdtrader

All birds, including parrots, cannot catch colds so what looks like a cold in an ill parrot could well be something else. A bird’s respiratory system is very complicated so any wheezing, discharge or breathing difficulties should be examined by a vet. That said, there are some natural remedies that can be very effective in what looks like a parrot cold.
Sick Parrot Remedies
• Echinacea is very good for an ill parrot and can do well for its general immune system and helps a sick parrot overcome the poxvirus. Various seaweeds are also very good at treating fungal and viral issues.
• Aloe detox has proved very effective in some cases where more traditional medicines have proved ineffective in aiding the sick parrot. Aloe detox contains aloe Vera gel, pulp and a blend of milk thistle, dandelion, burdock, Echinacea, green tea, blue cohosh and red clover.
• Cayenne pepper is quite a common appetite stimulator for parrots as they love the taste of it. If an ill parrot has stopped eating, it is an effective way for him to start again. Similarly, most parrots will become quite stressed when ill, chamomile is very good for helping in this case. Not only does chamomile help to relax the parrot, it also helps to kill yeast fungi and other bacteria.
• Pau d’arco is very effective at treating fungal conditions in both humans and parrots. It helps to ease candida and any intestinal parasites that may be causing the ill parrot discomfort. This has given it the nickname of ‘miracle bark’. Slippery elm is good for coughing and vomiting.
• Cinnamon is good for treating mild fungal and bacterial conditions in an ill parrot and has proved potentially effective at treating candida and aspergillus.
• As with all medicines, it is important to get the dosage correct. The process of treating a parrot cold could become much harder with too much medicine. All of these herbal remedies will be available at health food shops and the dosage will be given for humans. As a general rule, divide the stated dosage by ten for an adult parrot.
• Obviously, it is important when treating an ill parrot that you give him the correct medicine. Some herbs help your sick parrot but others can be toxic. Your vet will be able to give you a detailed list but you should avoid borage, calamus, coltsfoot, chaparral, ephedra, comfrey, germander, licorice, life root, ma huang, lobelia, pennyroyal, pokeroot, sassafras and yohimbe.

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Herbs are not dangerous to your pet birds. Ayurvedic treatment is the best for your birds.

• Mite, lice, red mite infection in birds - If you bird is scratching too much and also scratching its head on hard surface then the following treatment will help. You might see bald areas on the bird. Boil Neem (Azadirachta indica) leaves in water. Drain the water with a sieve. Let it cool. Give you bird a bath in the water by placing them comfortably in your hand. Do not dip the head and ears in the Neem water. The best bath is just give a spray of Neem water with a sprayer. Keep a glass bowl aside with a drop of Neem oil, a drop of tea tree oil. Apply the oil on the bird’s legs. Aloe Vera gel is the best soothing lotion for bald areas. It’s best if you extract it from a fresh leaf.
• Sprinkle dried Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) leaves in the bird’s diet.
• Apply Turmeric (Curcuma longa) if the bird is injured. Buy a piece of Turmeric and then grind it. Do not use Turmeric powder from the market. Turmeric acts as a disinfectant. You can also use wheat flour to avoid bleeding.
• After a bath in Neem water, you can dry your sick bird with a blow dryer placed far from the bird. Place your other hand near the bird and feel the heat of the blow dryer. If it is mild then you can blow dry for few minutes. The bird will not need further assistance and with soon dry itself and chirp happily. Do this in-case it’s too cold or the bird refuses to preen itself.
• The wild bird treats itself with the herbs in the forest when sick. Try planting herbs near your house and in pots. Place fresh water and feed for wild birds.
• Grow wheat grass, sava grass, maize grass, lemon grass, thyme, spinach and rice grass in pots. Let the birds feed on them.
• Use boiled and cooled water in case of eye infections in birds.
• Honey is a disinfectant that should be a part of bird’s diet.
• Aloe vera gel also help in bring relief to skin irritation. Plant Aloe vera in a pot in your house. The fresh leaves will be of multiple usages.
• Ginger juice added to the bird’s water at night prevents loose motion when they are sick.
• Garlic has anti-oxidant properties as well as anti-parasitic properties which kill intestinal parasites. It protects the liver from the damage of chemical pollutants in the air and in food and water supply. In Ayurveda, Garlic juice is as strong as the antifungal drugs, Amphotericin and Nystatin, against Candida, a fungal problem sometimes found in parrots. It should be used sparingly and in the form of fresh garlic, concentrated garlic powder should not be used. Garlic belongs to a family of plants that may cause anemia in animals if given for long periods of time.
• Place dried Neem leaves and twigs as nesting material for your birds. The nest will be safe from mites and insects.
• For Egg Binding, give the birds boiled eggs and egg shell. Add ginger juice in drinking water and feed them with water melon juice every 3 hours. Place a lighted bulb in the cage to give the birds warmth.
• Avoid vomiting in birds by giving them fresh water melon juice.
• Avoid giving your bird, feeds which has artificial color.
• Birds who are about to lay their eggs should never be touched. Give her a good clean cage, enough space for movement so that she can go in and out of the cage. Feed them a variety of food which is high in nutrition. Fresh water and cozy nest is also very important.

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