Regular detoxing for birds?

by Hank
(San Diego)

I lost my Jenday conure probably to his poisoning himself when he got out for a day. There is the chance though that his liver was also doing bad because I ate unhealthy and so he did also. I recently decided to get another bird, a Hahn's Macaw, and was told that birds should be given charcoal every so often to fight against toxicity. Is that true, if so how does the dose get figured out?

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Jul 28, 2011
by: Anonymous

Charcoal can reduce the birds ability to absorb vitamins A, B2 & K, resulting in deficiency so it isn't the best thing for them.

My avian vet recommends large amounts of healthy human foods, fruit & veggies & sprouts & I also feed pellets, just not a lot of them. So all avians have different opinions & different reasons for them. Because of this you should go to your own avian vet & seek their advise on your birds best diet.

In the end everything in moderation is the key, sprouts, fresh fruit & veggies, pellet, seed. Don't over do one thing & offer less of another.

Sprouts & herbs have an amazing ability to strengthen the immune system in birds, as well as having increasing amounts of vitamins & minerals, promoting self healing & assisting with proper organ function. These have been proven.

Research & seek your avian vets advise & follow it.

Jul 28, 2011
Birds don't need detoxing when fed properly
by: Tracie

No, do NOT give your bird charcoal. Our avian vet suggests that you feed your bird 80% healthy pellets, like Harrison's or Roudybush and only 20% healthy seeds or pellets. If you do this, your bird will remain healthy if you keep the bird from toxic things.

Make sure the bird you purchase is healthy, but either requiring a certificate of good health from the breeder (they take the bird to an avian vet for an exam) or by taking the bird to an avian vet yourself before bringing the bird home.

Once you bring the bird home, make sure you keep the wings clipped so it can not chew anything toxic or escape. Also, be careful with airborne toxins like air fresheners or cooking with Teflon coated pans or ovens. You even have to be careful with Teflon coated irons and ironing board pads.

We have several health and training articles on our Parrot Training page that would be good for you to read.

So sorry your first bird died, hopefully the next bird will live a long healthy life now that you have educated yourself about birds. :-)

Switching Birds to Pellets article

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