Home Remedies for Parrots

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Parrots make attractive pets because of their distinct personalities, ever-lasting companionship, and the ability to learn different tricks. From the talkative African grey parrot to the affectionate conure, it’s not always smooth sailing when it comes to caring for a bird. Your best bet is to become familiar with home remedies for parrots.

Types of Parrots [1]

Parrots are part of a group of birds known as the Psittacines. All members of this group possess some of the same characteristics, such as a curved beak, erect stance, and four toes on each foot – two in front and two in back. There are more than 350 different species associated with this flock of feathered creatures with sub-divisions of birds that include:

• Parakeets: Small colorful birds originating from South Eastern Asia.
• Cockatiels: Australian natives that reach 12 to 13 inches long.
• Conures: Originally from South and Central America, colors include green, lime green, yellow, and red.
• Lovebirds: African natives that have short, thick bodies and come in primarily green colors.
• Macaws: With the ability to reach up to around 39 inches long, macaws have been dubbed ‘winged rainbows.’
• Amazons: Known for its eye-catching color combinations, Amazons originate from Central and South America, and some Caribbean islands.
• Cockatoos: Hailing from Australia and North Western Asia, cockatoos come in color variations of white, pink, or yellow.

Parrot Home Remedies

To keep your pet bird in tip-top shape, it’s recommended to make a list of home remedies for parrots for a quick reference. Not only will you save money, but you can also equip yourself with ways to deliver immediate relief to your bird when needed. A few suggestions include:

a) Apple Cider Vinegar:

Add raw apple cider vinegar (not distilled, light amber, or white) to your parrot’s water as a way to boost their immune system and fight bacteria. A suggested dose is ½ teaspoon per pint of water.

b) Baby Food:

To provide nourishment for a sick bird, keep a jar of baby food on hand. Warm the food in the microwave for a couple of seconds before serving.

c) Dandelion:

Parrots enjoy the taste of dandelions, which make a nice addition to their diet. The weed is good for the bird because the leaves can help prevent arthritic conditions. The dandelion also contains substances known to purify the blood.

d) Bran:

Treat a constipated parrot with bran, which contains the fiber necessary to relieve clogged up bowels and dry stools.

e) Brown Rice:

Fight diarrhea in parrots by feeding them brown rice. Interestingly, parrots will eat rice in any form – even when it has sprouted.

f) Aloe Vera:

Use aloe vera from a plant to treat burns, wounds, bites, cuts, and rashes in parrots. This remedy especially works wonders on injured skin and helps prevent infection [2].

g) Yams:

For parrots with rough or dry skin, feed them yams. Your pet will thank you because the taste, color and texture of yams is pleasing to this type of bird.

h) Cayenne:

If your parrot is suffering from sinus congestion, the active ingredient in cayenne (capsaicin) can help. With anti-inflammatory powers, use cayenne as a topical remedy.

i) Chamomile Tea:

If your bird is stressed, chamomile tea can actually calm down your parrot just like it does a human. There are also some studies that suggest the herb destroys the yeast fungi Candida albicans, as well as certain types of staph bacteria.

j) Ginger:

A traveling parrot may enjoy its trip a little better when they have been given a few slices of fresh ginger the night before. Not only does ginger prevent motion sickness in birds, but can also combat nausea and regurgitation.

k) Witch Hazel:

You can use witch hazel as a topical remedy for itchy skin.


[1] http://parrotcareadvice.com/types-of-parrots/
[2] http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww24eii.htm


  • sheldon

    olive oil or olive leaf extract has magic like effects on parrots suffering from P.D.D, seizures due to viral infection of brain or body
    a total life saver and my baby parrot is living proof after surviving pdd

  • Ashley

    I need help. My 1 year old conure I believe has an eye infection, his eye lid is a little red and slightly swollen, nothing extreme though and no discharge is coming from the eye, he keeps it closed, or squinted most of the time, especially in bright light. He scratches it every now and then too. Other than that he acts normal doesn’t seem like he feels sick. What can I do?

  • Ada Leung

    Hello Sheldon,
    I am glad to hear your bird has survived PDD with olive leaf extract. My B&G macaw has diagnosed with PDD in this Oct, and has been on Celebrex and now Meloxiam, but it is progressing leg and wing paralysis. I would like to know how many of olive leaf extract (ml) should be given to my bird. Many thanks for your help !
    Ada Leung

  • Nicole

    according to the vet olive leaf extract should be given 2 times per day at 1 cc per pound