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In issue 309 -
When an Older Parrot Has Never Learned Skilful Flight – Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens
In issue 309 -
Scarlet Macaws – were they really bred by indigenous people in the 12th century? Rosemary Low asks the question
In issue 309 -
Understanding the link between nutrition, hormonal behaviours and the avian endocrine system, Part 1 – The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran
In issue 309 -
The Yellow-eared Parrot – continues to expand its range in Colombia. By David Waugh, Correspondent, Loro Parque Fundación
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Complete Psittacine

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Drinking Water for the Health of Our Parrots By EB Cravens

April and I just finished reading another positive article about the benefits of apple cider vinegar for humans and psittacines. The following day, we placed three of our birds on a treatment of dilute apple cider vinegar in their water every day for two weeks. One of them is a chronic feather plucker, another is a seasonal feather shaver, and the third is an underweight rescue cockatiel with all round poor condition and neglected health. The cider vinegar is both an immune system builder, a source of some vitamins and minerals, and will help suppress any stray bacteria or fungus in our parrots’ systems.

This is hardly the first time we have used our pet and breeder psittacines’ drinking water bowls to administer avicultural aids. Regularly, every few months or so our flock receives holistic worming solution, anti-viral medicine, digestive tonic or simply healthy liquid additives like soluble calcium-magnesium/trace mineral supplement in their daily fresh water supply.

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