Aloe for Birdkeepers Watchbird Issue III 2001 By Carolyn Swicegood

Allopathic medicine is barely a century old, but the practice of using plant remedies such as Aloe vera can be traced back to ancient civilizations. Aloe vera, a succulent member of the lily and onion family, was used to treat a variety of health problems. There is a valuable lesson in this ancient wisdom for aviculturists who prefer using natural preventive remedies and treatments for their birds whenever feasible. Aloe vera, also known as the burn plant, possesses powerful healing properties that are beneficial to both birds and their caregivers.

ALOE FOR BIRDKEEPERS by Carolyn Swicegood

3 thoughts on “Aloe for Birdkeepers Watchbird Issue III 2001 By Carolyn Swicegood

  1. Can someone tell us how to make a spray for feathers using the actual Aloe vera plant grown at home. I have a Umbrella Cockatoo that is fraying her feathers and so far none of the treatments I have tried have worked. Sounds like Aloe vera might help. Thanks!

    • You can easily make your own with Aloe vera juice and distilled water in a spray bottle. Four parts water to one part Aloe is a good solution. It can be made stronger or weaker according to your needs. When buying the Aloe vera, look for the purest possible juice, not gel. Many of the gels are simply juices with added thickeners that you should not spray on your bird’s feathers. If you buy the more expensive brands, you will get a product with no additional ingredients, which in themselves can create problems. The bird can be sprayed several times a day and sometimes this alone will solve the problem.

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