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The DIY First-Aid Kit and Natural Remedies

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Over the years I spent a small fortune on medications, supplements, and other concoctions that all claimed to be the answer to fight off common ailments we all face when breeding budgerigars for exhibition.

The vast majority did nothing positive for the birds, but did create a drain on finances as I funded the manufacturers and resellers of the products.

My conclusion is that in cases of serious infection or illness, which is actually quite rare, a reputable avian vet should be consulted. But, in the vast majority of cases, if you follow good husbandry practices and provide a healthy diet, the common day-to-day ailments we face with our budgies can be successfully treated with natural remedies and products most of us already have in our kitchen.

Avian Vet

When serious infections or illness hit consult a reputable avian vet.

Having a first-aid kit in the bird room or tucked away somewhere handy is always a good idea, no matter what type of animals or birds you keep, but it is especially important when you breed budgerigars. There is always a chance of injury, sudden illness respiratory issues and parasite infestations. Good avian vets can be hard to find, and costs can be prohibitive, especially at night, on holidays and weekends.

Fortunately most common budgerigar ailments can easily be treated at home.

While there are many products to be found at your local feed-store or online, it is possible to put together a basic first-aid kit using items you likely already have in your kitchen. Plus, the best part is that they are all natural, so you don’t have to worry about any chemicals or medications causing problems or reactions while you are treating your birds.

First I suggest you find a sturdy plastic container to keep your first-aid supplies organized.

First Aid Kit

Natural First Aid Products:

There are plenty of natural home remedies which will work wonders on your off-color budgies. Consider adding the following to your first-aid kit.

Charcoal

Activated Charcoal – helps flush toxins from the body. The birds instinctively eat it when they don’t feel well. I add charcoal to my grit mix which is available 24/7. It can also be fed to budgies in case of suspected poisoning.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar – possesses some amazing health benefits for humans as well as budgies. Adding one tablespoon per gallon to the drinking water for several days helps improve immune systems, guards against bad bacteria and maintains digestive health in the intestines. ACV also acts as an antiseptic by killing germs that cause respiratory problems and promotes healthy mucus flow. I add ACV to drinking water one week each month year around. If you are treating a sick bird increase the amount of ACV by 3-4 times.

Ciinnamon

Cinnamon – can help keep infection at bay when included in the diet, and as a bonus cinnamon helps relieve respiratory distress. Powdered cinnamon can be added to your softfood mix.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil – Can be smeared in the legs, feet, beak and cere to smother and kill scaleyface/scaleyleg mites.

Cornstarch

Cornstarch – is a fast and effective way to stop bleeding. Applied topically, it can quickly staunch the flow of blood from a wound or cut.

Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt – a little dissolved in drinking water will assist with intestinal tract blockage and reduce diarrhea.

Garlic Juice

Garlic Juice – You can buy it commercially prepared or make your own by steeping minced garlic in water then straining the solids. Fresh garlic or garlic juice added to the drinking water will help boost immune systems and increase respiratory health. Garlic is also a natural wormer, and helps to control internal parasites. For fast natural treatment for mites, lice and other external parasites spray under your birds’ wings and around their vents.

honey

Honey – A great natural antiseptic that will keep wounds clean and free from infection.. and obviously non-toxic if inadvertently eaten by the hen.

Liquid Calcium

Liquid Calcium - can help an egg-bound hen pass her egg before it is too late. A few drops direct to the beak every hour or two is usually all that is needed, and she is able to pass the egg, avoiding a potentially life threatening condition.

Calcium is required to create strong egg shells, and it is also responsible for the contractions that help the egg through the oviduct. Adding liquid calcium to the drinking water in the months leading up to, and during the breeding season, will help the hen build up her reserves.

Splayed legs in chicks are often associated with a calcium deficiency. If you catch it early enough administer 2-3 drops direct to the beak each day and the legs will often revert to their correct position.

Molasses

Molasses – contains an abundance of nutrients and minerals which can be beneficial to a bird that is lethargic or recovering from illness or stress. Molasses will also help flush toxins if you suspect accidental poisoning or botulism. Caution: Molasses fed in large quantities can cause diarrhea so just add a few drops at a time to the drinking water.

Oil of Oregano

Oil of Oregano – has recently been studied as a natural antibiotic by commercial poultry farms, especially effective when fed in conjunction with cinnamon.

Saline Solution

Saline Solution – can be used to cleanse eyes and nostrils, as well as cleansing a wound.

Tea Bags

Tea Bags – Cold tea (black or green) is a very effective treatment of diarrhea. Make a cup of tea, similar strength to you would make to drink. When it has cooled use as the sole source as drinking water for several days.



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