Q: My quaker parrot has a sinus condition going on…the veteranarian has prescribed antibiotics…drops for him but they haven’t done any good. Was wondering if there was a home remedy that we could try to make him better?
A: Dear R, When in the wild, sick parrots usually hide their sickness so that their predator will think twice before attacking them. It is an innate defense mechanism. In captivity, these birds also maintain that tendency to appear healthy despite feeling unwell. This is why it is important to look and inspect your parrot regularly if it is showing any signs of sickness. Early detection of the ailment can help you save the health, even the life, of your pet.
HOME REMEDIES FOR SICK PARROTS
1. Hygiene – It is important to keep the bird cage clean at all costs. Clean the cage daily to prevent germs and bacteria from spreading. You can also spray disinfectant every 2-3 hours to stop the germs from multiplying. A sick parrot cannot deal with a cage that is infested with germs as well as a healthy one could.
2. Warmth – It is important to keep your parrot warm. The suggested temperature is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Putting a sick bird in a new environment is very stressful. It is recommended to put the parrot in a small room, a bathroom perhaps. The bird cage must have heat sources. During the day you can use a heat lamp and at night you can use a heating pad. It is important to know that night lamps cannot be used at night. As this will make your parrot unable to rest.
3. Stress – Remove the other birds in the cage. Make sure that the parrot can at least get 12 hours of peaceful rest daily. Additionally keep the perches low enough to prevent the bird from falling.
4. Sunlight – Bathe your bird with morning or evening sunlight. This is beneficial for the bird to retain its much needed vitamins such as vitamin D. Common problems that are associated with Vitamin D deficiency are fragile immune systems, abnormal beak development, or even reproductive problems. If you live in areas where natural sunlight is limited, you can use full-spectrum lamps.
5. Honey and Juice – Make sure that your parrot has an easy access to food and water. Add some honey to the water to encourage the bird to drink, however it is important to change the water frequently reasons such as bacteria multiplies faster in sweetened water. Orange and cherry juice can also help. One way to know that your bird is dehydrated is by looking at the skin around their eyes. If it is crinkly and dry that means your bird is dehydrated and needs to be tended immediately. This is another good example for home remedies for sick parrots.
6. Aloe vera – Birds that undergo feather plucking can use Aloe vera. Crush the Aloe vera and turn it into a pasty substance. Rub on the skin of the bird.
7. Echinacea – Also called an herbal antibiotic on the same par with penicillin. Birds with chronic pin feathers, pox lesions, liver problems, allergic dermatitis has been known to be cured by Echinacea.
8. Forced Feeding – If your parrot is too sick to eat, it is vital to force feed it. Use a dropper, syringe or a straw for liquid substances. Be careful not to over feed the bird or give the food to the bird all at once.