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August 2011!

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Yeah! Yet another month has arrived, and now it’s August! August makes me a bit sad because it just reminds me that we only have a whole month left of summer break, and everyone will be back to school or work again! I’m planning on trying to do a bunch of new things this month before my summer break ends so that I won’t have to worry about missing out on any chances to do them.

One thing that I really want to try this month is bringing the budgie boys outside for some sunshine and fresh air. They never really get to go outside, so I’m planning on getting them used being in their travel cage for outside time. I’ll be taking any chance I get to bring them out, especially when it’s nice and warm outside. Hopefully it will be warm enough for me to give them a little mist bath. πŸ™‚

I’m planning on getting another entry done by this Friday for the Healthy Foods for Birds page, and this time it is going to be Β Broccoli! Someone I know requested that I do Broccoli next just for fun, so I’ll be working on that throughout the week.

I still have to get those pictures up of the gifts I got for the budgies when I was away, but never got a chance yet. I’m also planning on giving them a nice fresh food supper tomorrow with a few new foods in it, so hopefully that will end up working out.

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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.