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How to Supplement Your Bird's Diet Naturally
The most powerful way to provide immune boosting nutrients to your bird's diet is by juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. Juicing will help to heal many bird diseases plus strengthen the immune system. Juicing provides a concentrated store-house of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients (complex healing compounds), bioflavonoids (protects the capillaries, keeps them strong), antioxidants (slows or prevents damage to cells) and other complex nutrients that are extremely valuable to your bird's health. Juicing concentrates all these wonderful benefits into a readily digestible liquid.
You can offer juice to a bird in many ways. You can soak dry foods in the juice. Try bird bread, monkey biscuits, dry cereals such as mini shredded wheat squares.
For breeders and baby bird feeders: feed the juice to the parents as part of their diet, don't feed directly to baby birds.
Ideally, fresh juice should be eaten right after juicing, but leftovers can be stored for a short period in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid in the refrigerator. Individual portions can also be frozen in ice cube trays for later use. Some of the nutrients may be lost in freezing, but it still will provide a healthy addition to the diet.
As you experiment with juicing, you will discover the combinations of fruits and vegetables that are most favored by your bird. A good combo to introduce juicing to your bird would be four carrots, one 1/2 apple (seeds removed), and a quarter-inch slice of raw ginger.
Only your imagination will limit you to what you can run through the juicer. But here are a few ideas to help you get a shopping list started. Carrots, apples, dark leafy greens, beets, garlic, dark skinned grapes, parsley, celery stalk, oranges, thyme, dandelion, broccoli, pear, cucumber, shiitake mushroom (soaked), apricot
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported "Carrot juice pulls heavy metals from tissues, binds them and helps eliminate them from the body's system." Parrots are subject to heavy metal toxicity from a variety of sources, from metal cookware, drinking water, air pollution, and pesticides used in farming food crops, so adding carrot juice to their diet as a detox agent could be very important to their health.
We recommend that you take the pulp from the juicer and feed that to your birds as well, adding it to the "soft foods" you feed in the evening meal. just mix it together in the same bowl. You can even offer it to wild birds outside.
Below are juice recipes for birds that are beneficial to specific conditions that affect our avian companions. Note: Always use spinach, dandelion, garlic and parsley sparingly because they are very concentrated and need only be used in small amounts.
Juicing Recipes for Birds
Broccoli and kale, sources of pantothenic acid
Kale, parsley and spinach, sources of vitamin C
Spinach and carrot, sources of vitamin E
Carrot, ginger root, apple, sources of copper
Cherry and blueberry, sources of bioflavonoids
Pineapple, source of bromelain (anti-inflammatory)
Kale, mustard greens, carrots, kohlrabi, watercress, cabbage, turnip and beet tops, good sources of organic calcium.
Kale, spinach and turnip greens, sources of vitamin B-6
Red Swiss chard, turnip, garlic, and radish, sources of selenium
Parsley, beet greens, dandelion greens, and broccoli, good sources of organic iron
Beet juice, contains the sulphur amino acids
Carrot, kale, parsley and spinach, high in beta-carotene
Garlic, a source of sulfur and vitamin B1
Spinach, currant, asparagus, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, contains vitamin B2
Kale, parsley, green pepper and broccoli, high in vitamin C
Spinach asparagus and carrot, good sources of natural vitamin E
Red Swiss chard, turnip, garlic, and orange, sources of selenium
Carrot, garlic, and ginger root, sources of copper
Spinach, turnip greens, beet greens, and carrot, sources of manganese
Ginger root, parsley, garlic and carrot, sources of zinc
Healthy Feathers, Skin and Nails
Parsnips - To improve the taste, mix it with apple and carrot juice, source of silica
Garlic - contains potassium and sulfur, kills fungus and bacteria. Very concentrated, only use a small amount and dilute with other juices (apples and carrots will help mask the flavor.)
Kale, beet greens, and broccoli, sources of folic acid
Kale, parsley, sweet pepper, and strawberry, sources of vitamin C
Pineapple, source of bromelain (anti-inflammatory)
Green vegetables, sources of omega-3 fatty acids
Cherry and strawberry, help to neutralize uric acid (remove pits)
Blueberry and black currant, antibacterial properties
Grape, apple, and cabbage, antiviral and antibacterial compounds
Garlic, a natural antibiotic
Pineapple, the fresh juice contains bromelain an anti-inflammatory
Celery, carrot, and Swiss chard are high in potassium and sodium
Ginger, parsley, and carrot are sources of zinc
Kale, red pepper, and collard greens contain vitamin C
Tomato, cabbage, and sweet pepper contain bioflavonoids
Carrot, kale, and spinach are sources of beta-carotene
1 carrot, calcium, high in beta-carotene
1/3 of a beet, blood purifying properties
2 sprigs of dandelion, diuretic, a bitter, good source of minerals
2 sprigs of parsley, diuretic, source of zinc
1/4 of a celery stalk, high potassium and sodium
1/2 apple (with skin) Pectin, helps firm loose droppings
2 Tablespoons of yogurt (with live cultures) supports friendly intestinal flora
1 teaspoon aloe vera juice, cleansing and healing to the intestinal system
2 leaves of spinach
1 Tablespoon of cooked rice (mixed with 1 tablespoon of water. Let soak overnight in the refrigerator before using.)
1 teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar
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