Healthy Foods for Birds: Aloe Vera

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The first thing on my list was Aloe Vera, so I started straight away on working on its description, properties and the like to make it my first entry in the Healthy Foods for Birds glossary. I just finished my ‘rough’ draft of it, so I updated the page with the entry. I hope it turned out okay. πŸ™‚ Here it is alone if you don’t feel like going through to the actual page.

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√  Aloe Veraβ™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯ – Has very useful healing properties.

This plant, also known as the medicinal aloe or burn plant, can be found growing in arid (lacking sufficient water or rainfall) climates. It can be used for a large variety of animal and human ailments, from skin to digestive problems. Just the gel alone from the inner leaf of an aloe plant can greatly enhance the healing process of a wound. It can also help prevent infection and even scars. The gel is able to soothe and relieve the pain from burns, cuts, bruises, insect bites, blisters and even blemishes. This is due to the painkilling properties of the magnesium, lupeol, and salicylic acid found in Aloe Vera plants.

In parrots, this natural healing agent is used to treat their skin problems. While some ointments may have toxic side effects after being used on our parrots, aloe is safe, natural and even hypoallergenic. Some evidence shows that it can even be effective if sprayed on some feather plucking parrots. This can be due to the soothing property in aloe gel that helps itchy skin, which may help prevent some parrots from plucking. Aloe Vera is also known to be used for digestive problems, and even to soothe the pains of arthritis.

Visit this website to read more about Aloe Vera: Parrot Pharmacy in a Leaf

Properties:

Amino Acids – contains 20 of the 22 amino acids that human bodies require, and it has 8 of the essential ones that the human body cannot create on its own. These 8 essential amino acids are Tryptophan, Isoleucine, Methionine, Leucine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Lysine, and Valine.

Vitamins – A, B, C, E and Folic Acid. Aloe Vera is one of the very few plants that contain most of the B vitamins like B1, B2, B4, B6, and Vitamin B12.

Minerals – Magnesium, manganese, zinc, phosphorous copper, chromium, calcium, sodium, potassium and iron.

Read more about the properties of Aloe Vera here: Aloe Vera Properties

Preparation Methods and Ways to Serve:

Aloe Vera works best when used fresh and from the plant. It needs to be used straight after harvesting as it can break down within 20 minutes. Aloe Vera Gel comes in convenient forms these days however, and can be bought in stores all over the world. If you don’t have your own Aloe Vera plant at home, you may want to buy a bottle of some to keep handy just in case.

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So there you have it, my first entry in the Healthy Foods for Birds glossary.

On a side note: If you didn’t notice already, I finally figured out how to align the content of my posts in full mode. πŸ˜€

EDIT: Some moderations have been done to this entry, so to read the newest updates visit the main page of the glossary.

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2 responses »

  1. I have an aloe plant that has gotten a lot of use. I haven’t yet given it to the birds though. Just cut off a slice? How should I add it to a water bottle to spray them?

    I put some aloe on a dog recently and she licked it off. I thought it was just that the feeling annoyed her until she hunted down the remaining pieces of aloe and ate them!

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    • I’m not totally sure either to be honest, I haven’t given any to my birds yet either. Are you wanting to give it to your birds to eat? I don’t think it is meant to be given to them to consume freshly. There are however solutions that can be made with Aloe Vera juices that they can be given sometimes I think, I’ll be sure to read up more on that.

      To add it to a water bottle, you just need to mix Aloe Vera juice and distilled water in a spray bottle. Four parts water to one part Aloe is a pretty good solution. Remember to find the purest possible juice when you go looking for it.

      I once read that this spray is good for feather plucking birds because the taste of the Aloe and the dampness from being sprayed discourages them from plucking.

      That is unusual that the dog went and ate the aloe pieces, I wonder why. It could have been an intinctual thing.

      Hope this helps, I think I’ll update the Aloe Vera entry with some of this info soon. πŸ™‚

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