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.

Grand Opening: Healthy Foods For Birds

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Some of you may remember when I posted this way back in February. I was planning on starting a new page that would have a list of foods that were safe and healthy for birds so that I could keep information about them all in one place, where I could easily find it, and other bird owners could look through. As you can see, it has taken me a very long time to finally open the page up, but I will be later on tonight. Right now it is obviously under construction as I have only made a long list of food names, but I’ll explain below about how I will change that. Much like Coco’sPellet Project“; a lot of the information here will be for bird owners to use so that they can decide on which foods they think are the best choice to feed their birds, except her list is much more detailed and about pellets. So, there you have it!

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I created this page so that bird owners could have an easy to find and helpful list of foods (and other consumable items) that they could feed their birds. This page will include a large variety of foods, including:

  • Fresh Foods (Vegetables, Fruits, etc.)
  • Pellets (Totally Organic Pellets, Harrison’s, etc.)
  • Cooked Foods (Beans, Legumes, “Mash”, etc.)
  • Dry Foods (Seeds, Nuts, etc.)
  • Other Foods (Wheat Germ, Supplements, etc.)

This list will be edited and will be under construction while I work on adding different information and foods over time. To do this, I have first started with a fairly long list of foods and listed them in alphabetical order. I plan on making it a goal to complete one whole set of information for one type of food per week, or biweekly. That way, there won’t be an overload of work for me to do, and this list can gradually grow without any major changes.

I am by now means on expert *cough* Coco *cough*, but with the help of others I think this list will turn out pretty good. Which is why I ask for anyone that can help, to make this list grow by providing me with any information they might like to share about a type of food. If you know things like what vitamins a food contains, what a food’s benefits are (ex: plums promote healthy skin), how to serve and prepare a food, or anything that can be added to this list, feel free to share. πŸ™‚

If you’re curious about a certain type of food, requests can be made for a food’s set of information to be done before another, so please go ahead and ask. I’ll be updating this list by alphabetical order, unless someone requests of course.

Remember, you can access this page from the home page of Kritter Krazy, and it is always displayed under the header.

Gone On Vacation

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From the 14th to the 24th, my family and I were on vacation. We stayed at a camp in a very comfortable cabin that was pretty far out in the woods. There was a freshwater lake nearby and lots of things to do like kayaking, canoing, swimming fishing, having campfires, playing horseshoes and a whole bunch of other stuff. We mainly went away for a couple softball tournaments that me and my sister were playing in, but we had a lot of extra time to do other things too. The only problem with where we were staying was the heat. I was definitely not used to a normal temperature of high thirties in Celsius, but having no air conditioning in the cabin was a whole different story. We were just lucky to have those huge fans on in the cabin, that’s all I can say. πŸ˜›

While we were away, I made sure that there was someone that checked on the budgies daily so that they could feed and water them, and make sure that they were okay. I only trust my grandmother and auntie with my birds, so I asked my grandmother if she could do it. Even though she has a slight fear of ‘flying things’, she got the job done. I was really grateful, because having a bird-sitter is very important to me.

Where we were staying didn’t have much Internet connection, so that was the reason why I couldn’t post on here. I apologize for my unannounced absence. We finally got back on Monday at 4:30 AM in the morning, but I didn’t get to post on here because we took a while to settle back in to our life back home. πŸ™‚

I brought back a huge bag of millet for the birds, and I can’t wait to give some to them. I plan on making some new foraging toys for them so that I can stuff the millet inside. I’ll post some pictures of the millet tomorrow, but right now I have to catch up on some sleep.

Update #3 on Kasper’s Cere

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I just realized that I didn’t post about Kasper’s cere in a while. I’m ashamed to say that I still didn’t get a hold of a vet yet, but the thought was completely wiped out of my mind up until now. The two boys are recovering well from the loss of Koko from their flock, and have been supporting each other quite a lot. They are always singing away now, and I’m glad to see how active they are. I checked Kasper’s cere a couple minutes ago and the brown blotches are actually somewhat fading now, and it doesn’t seem that severe anymore. Hopefully they will totally disappear in time. It doesn’t seem to be effecting him though, so I’ll keep watching out for him.

The Straw Spike, and the Raffia Dangle.

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Here are the Straw Spike and the Raffia Dangle that I posted about in my previous post. These are the pictures I took of them.

Straw Spike

 

Raffia Dangle

All three of them together.

Already Destroyed!

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The mini foraging bucket that I just posted about on the 4th is already shredded up and needs replacing!

Look at those bite marks!

I bet they had a blast chewing this apart.

I’m so glad to see that the budgies liked it. Froot Loop was the first to figure out that there was food in there, I’m not sure if Kasper knows yet or not. I haven’t seen him eating from it yet.

It fell right off it's clip.

I just made a new foraging bucket, and this time I added a bunch of cut up raffia in with it to make it more difficult and fun for Β them to try and get food from. I changed the colors of the beads too, to green and yellow to remind me of Koko. I wish she was here to enjoy it. I don’t think that they went near it yet, but I bet they’ll be at it within minutes.

The millet inside is all camoflauged by the raffia.

In addition to the foraging bucket, I tried yet another couple ideas out from Fids Love Toys. Yesterday I made the Straw Spike, and then I made a Raffia Dangle today along with the replacement Foraging Bucket. I’ll post pictures of them tomorrow.

Fly High, Fly Free, Koko.

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This morning when I woke up I got out of bed very cheerfully, glad to see that the birds were up and about too. I walked over to where they were, and opened up the curtains to see the sun shining brightly. But when I looked back to the cage I noticed something on the bottom of the cage. It was Koko. Her eyes were closed, her body was stiff, and her feet were clenched. It was hard to look at her.

I was shocked, I just stood there in silence for a few moments. I knew for sure that she was already gone. I ran upstairs in time to tell my sister and father the bad news, and then broke out in tears in the middle of the kitchen. Koko was just so special to me, it is hard to believe that she is gone. I’ll miss her so badly, especially when I spend time with the other two budgie boys. They kept going down on the bottom perch near her, getting closer, and being curious.

My Dad helped me put her in a box, and about an hour later we decided to go bury her. We picked a spot beside Khloe’s grave, and after burying her we left a cross standing to mark her spot. I said a few prayers and started to cry, it was really hard saying good-bye to her. Koko was with us since the very beginning, nearly 9 years ago. She was our first bird, and she’ll always be in our hearts and minds.

Fly Free Forever Koko, we’ll miss you.