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CBD For Birds – Dosage, Benefits And Side Effects

Birds are curious little creatures. Whether they’re chirping away at the sunshine or pecking at your fingers for a treat, they’re full of personality. Having a pet bird means you’re always on the lookout for ways to keep the little one healthy. Unlike wild birds, caged birds are limited to their surroundings. They can’t just fly off into the sunset in search of new nuts, seeds, and fruits to snack on.

Which brings us to CBD. CBD and hemp oils for birds provide an easy way to ensure quality nutrition. By contributing good fats and micronutrients, CBD oils have become a popular supplement among bird owners. To learn more about what exactly CBD does, how hemp oils can benefit birds, and where to find the best brands, read on below.

What is CBD oil?

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CBD oil comes from the Cannabis sativa plant, and it’s extracted for its wide range of nutritional benefits. While this is the same cannabis known commonly as marijuana, a different version exists – hemp. In order to be legally farmed, hemp cannot contain more than 0.3% THC, the compound that caused a high.

Thus, CBD products for birds (and all animals) are made out of hemp. Hemp is a miraculous plant, used in textiles, construction, and of course, nutrition. Your birds can even eat hemp seeds much like they would any other.

How does CBD work? The Endocannabinoid System in Birds

While its been highlighted in humans, birds, other mammals, fish, and reptiles all contain an endocannabinoid system. Our bodies feature multiple methods to maintain homeostasis. Our endocrine system operates off of feedback loops to tilt the scales when things start getting extreme. Our nervous system constantly emits signals to upregulate or downregulate bodily processes. And now, we know the endocannabinoid system does the same.

Endocannabinoids are internal compounds similar in structure to the same cannabinoids found in plants (like CBD). CB1 and CB2 receptors bind to these cannabinoids to start anti-inflammatory processes, neuronal regulation, appetite, and more. Research on this system in still in the early stages, however, due to its recent discovery and the taboo surrounding cannabis. However, we do know it’s a critical part of regular health in humans and birds alike.

Is CBD Oil Safe For Birds?

One of the best parts of CBD is the lack of known side effects. CBD oils act like any other dietary supplement, especially due to their high omega-3 content. Of course, as with anything, you should always proceed with caution. Each bird is an individual, and every bird will respond differently. Check with a veterinarian about appropriate dosing methods for your specific pet before beginning regular use.

Hemp seeds are nuts already found in the environment that birds take well to, from African Greys to Cockatoos. High in fat and fiber, birds love eating these little seeds if available in the wild. However, captive birds might not have access to the same variety of nutrients. To facilitate a balanced diet, make sure you’re combining regular pellets with fruits, vegetables, and the occasional seed variety as a nice treat. You can also add CBD oil droplets to their food to provide fats and target the endocannabinoid system in particular.

With what issues can CBD help? – Why to give your bird CBD

CBD fights joint pain, protects against body-wide inflammation, and provides critical nutrients to aging avians. The CBD and fat content in hemp is also a great way to fortify the immune system. If your bird could use a little extra help, try CBD for the following benefits.

CBD fights joint pain

Even though they’re much smaller than us, birds still suffer from aches and pains. Whether you have a parrot, cockatoo, or macaw, CBD modulates pain and swelling. Research shows that CBD targets receptors within the body to limit pain perception and start downstream signalling of relief. Avian pain often goes undertreated due to risk of side effects and cost. Therefore, CBD provides a promising solution to help your bird get back to full health.

CBD helps your bird’s immune system

By managing inflammation and providing antioxidants, hemp oils protect the immune system. As consistent, chronic inflammation is associated with infection, birds lacking in proper nutrition may be at a higher risk of disease. Common diseases include parrot fever, proventricular dilatation disease, and psittacine beak and feather disease. While nothing replaces veterinary intervention, regular CBD treatment can help with some of the nervous, digestive, and skin conditions associated with these diseases.

Supports a healthy lifestyle in senior birds

Birds accompany us through all stages of life. With proper nutrition and care, parrots, macaws, and cockatoos can live for 20 years or more. As your bird grows old alongside you, treat it with the same care as you would any aging being. Older birds require specific dietary interventions as the natural aging process slows things down.

For cognitive health, CBD elevates the potential of dopamine, GABA, and serotonin, neurotransmitters involved in learning, motivation, and mood. Birds can get depressed too. In addition to providing plenty of environmental stimulation and activity, adding CBD oil treats memory and motivational decline as birds age.

Aging birds also require more omega-3 fats than most. Fatty acids help build immune cells and lubricate joints – two common health concerns in older animals. High omega-3 to omega-6 ratios in fats provide anti-inflammatory benefits, and hemp oils have an ideal 3:1 ratio. Regular administration of CBD and hemp oils can help your bird live a long, fulfilling life.

What’s the correct CBD dose for birds?

Make sure to check with your bird’s vet to get an exact amount, as individual cases vary. However, most hemp oils designed for birds suggest one drop, twice daily for every 500 grams of weight. To learn more about CBD dosing online, here’s a video featuring information from a licensed veterinarian.

The Best CBD Products For Birds

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CBDmd are a public company that offer completely THC free products with third party lab testing to ensure you are getting the best. Since THC is toxic to your bird, it is important that you go with a THC free product like CBDmd

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Conclusion

With ingredients that naturally cultivate your bird’s health, CBD oils offer multiple benefits with little to no side effects. Talk to your veterinarian today about starting CBD for your bird.

Linda is an expert in everything pet related from owning dogs such as Labradors to Doberman Pinchsers. She has also owned a horse, an iguana and some geckos and of course some cats. She once worked in a pet store and has a fishtank of both fresh and saltwater fish. She is also considering a new dog for her house at the moment!

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Giving Tink, Our Green Cheek Conure, CBD Oil

We know people in the parrot world, and one gave us a 🦜 Green Cheek Conure (GCC) because he couldn’t sell her. He explained that she probably had been learning to fly and hit a wall, causing some neurological damage. The affect is that she has a hard time controlling her feet, so she often falls in her cage. She can’t perch, and her modified cage has no perch, but she climbs the walls. She likes to go up as high as she can, as do all parrots, so we gave her a wired-platform she could rest on. She also started having seizures – which were hard to watch. I didn’t know if she was dying… she would turn her head — or maybe it was involuntary — and cause her body to flip over. She was unstable, to say the least. She also began fluttering her wings uncontrollably, even though she seems to know that she can’t fly. Bottom line, she has seizures and can’t control her body well.

Socializing A Special Needs Counure

One of the most important things any parrot owner needs to know is that they are highly social animals; in nature, depending on the species, they all live in flocks of 4 or 5 up to hundreds (maybe more). Even though they pick their bonded mate, they still rely on and are a part of a flock. It gives them their security and a place to belong. Umbrella cockatoos, for example, are so compassionate and flock-oriented, that they will not abandon a dying member, but rather stay with it until it is gone.

If you spend time with your parrot, you can easily give them a buddy, because they are accustomed to spending 24/7 with flock mates, or at least their bonded mate. So, what to do with Tink? Because conures don’t seem to share the compassion. We tried having her spend time with a new baby GCC, Markle, which was great– at first. Putting new parrots together always requires a watchful eye until you are certain that they will get along. People often put them in cages side by side first, so that they can safely get to know each other.

You can see that we only put these two together in our presence.

At first it was so sweet: Tink was preening Markley, which means that she was helping remove the shafts from her new feathers. It’s a grooming, loving thing that they do for one another.

Unfortunately, the next time we put them together, Markle started biting at Tink. Now this is tricky, you want to watch that no harm is done but you also want to allow any natural ‘pecking order’ that is being established. It’s a bird-peck-bird world with these guys!

Another attempt to put them together a couple of days gave us similar results. In any case, Markle’s mate has been picked out, because of her coloring. So, she’s not Tink’s ultimate bond, and we just didn’t see bonding happening anyway.

How Do You Handle A Problem Parrot?

Parrots are amazing. My mom went to a new doctor, said she was snow-birding down here in Florida to be close to us– and she mentioned we have parrots. The doctor gave her a funny look, saying, ‘But, they aren’t good pets. They don’t cuddle.”

“You’d be surprised!” my mom answered, raising her eyebrows. “They do. Maybe more than cats!”

Parrots are highly intelligent, which you probably know. That can be amazing, allow you to develop an amazing bond with them– and it also seems to mean that they can have complex issues as well. Like Tink.

I’ve heard of parrots that scream or bite a lot; or parrots that pluck their feathers. You don’t hear much about other pets being nervous, depressed or anxious- but, unfortunately, it’s not uncommon with parrots. They require specialized 🥝 diets, specific minimum size cages, wooden perches that vary in size (the list goes on), — and — a lot of time and attention.

Anxiety and feather-plucking are bad enough, but what to do in a situation like Tink’s? In nature, she’d probably wound’t have survived one day. How do I help her, keep her happy and healthy — and from flipping violently?

Then my husband found CBD Oil

We started to research and have been finding that CBD oil has many benefits and could help Tink. CBD, cannabidiol is derived from the cannabis plant but lacks THC, the psychoactive component. Among other benefits, CBD seems to have neuroprotective properties, meaning that it helps the signaling systems in the brain, which help reduce seizures.

Sure enough, since Tink is young, we guess that she’s less than six months old, she seems to be doing well with the oil so far. Her seizures have greatly minimized and she seems “More aware and more conure-like. She sounds more like a conure,” my conure-crazed daughter said. I agree, Tink seems to be able to hold herself better, she is falling a lot less in her cage and she’s no longer freaking me out by turning her head 180 degrees, followed by a body flip-seizure!

Next I plan on trying the CBD with an African Grey who I adopted and who is plucked or has been plucked and an Orange-winged Amazon that is anxious.

CBD- Yes!

Like so many people, I strongly believe in more natural-based medicine. I also believe that food is our best medicine, and I like that help oil provides omega oils, which are needed to balance the ‘bad’ oils we eat. Same for parrots, seeds provide them with too many ‘bad’ oils, which can greatly affect their health.

In doing research for Tink, I was surprised to learn that seizures are common in parrots:

Seizures are reasonably common in birds and often observed in Amazon parrots, African grey parrots, budgies, canaries, finches and lovebirds. A seizure may result from any disorder in the brain that causes spontaneous electrical discharge in the nervous system. This electrical discharge causes a variety of involuntary body responses or alterations in behavior. A seizure is also referred to as a fit or convulsion.

No doubt a proper diet can help minimize health problems, but they still occur. I have also learned that head trauma is a cause for neurological problems in birds — although it seems obvious, logical.

In our family, we love parrots, so we are developing a CBD oil because of Tink. It feel so good to see her doing better, not swaying like she had been, and to see her get a sparkle in her eye! We want to be able to help other bird owners who’s fid may be having similar problems or having difficulties adjusting to a new home, going to the vet or plucking.

Happiness is having a happy parrot!

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My 10 year old Green Check Conure has a tumor inside his mouth that is to dangerous to operate on, can CBD oil help shrink or make it disappear?

Honestly I don’t know, but it sounds like there is no reason not to try. I certainly have tried anything to help my parrots. Let me know how it goes, if you don’t mind. You can post here or on FB. Sending good intentions your fid’s way-

How do you administer the cbd?

Tink is easy, since she has a hard time moving. We just put a drop in her mouth with no problems.

If you have difficulty, you can try putting a drop on a favorite treat.

We just adopted/rescued an illigers macaw with neurological damage, said from yolk stroke? We are going to be trying cbd oil! We will document how well she does on it! Here’s hoping for the best!

Good luck – the CBD will also help if your parrot has pain. Let me know how it goes!

I give hemp oil to all 4 of my birds, double yellow headed amazon, green cheek conure, nanday, blue front amazon. All are rescues with various health and anxiety issues. Works well to calm them and relieve pain in my geriatric birds. Their feathers are looking good too!

That is super-awesome to hear! Are you giving a CBD in Hemp oil?

Hi! I am happy to have found this post. I have a green cheek conure. We have been together almost 10 years! He has been getting very aggressive and has a lot of anxiety. I am thinking of treating him with cbd oil. Can you please let me know the dosage you give Tink? Also, how do you give it to him?

Hello Liz, and welcome! I’m glad you found me too!
Tink received a drop or two – in her mounth. Sometimes the frequency was every other day, sometimes daily and then sometimes I would stop for a little while. I chose based on her seizures – if I could decrease the oil without the seizures increasing, I would.

In your case, I would give a drop or two on his favorite treat for a week or two and see if his aggression decreases. While you are giving him oil, be sure to reduce the seeds or seed-portion of his diet and increase the pellets/fresh vegetables.

Also make sure that there is no other cause you may want to address such as diet or a new bird. Do you have any idea what’s made him more aggressive? Does he have a parrot companion? Does he get let out of his cage for a significant amount of time every day?

Let me know how it goes too- Kalyn

Hi! I am happy to have found this post. I have a green cheek conure. We have been together almost 10 years! He has been getting very aggressive and has a lot of anxiety. I am thinking of treating him with cbd oil. Can you please let me know the dosage you give Tink? Also, how do you give it to him?

Hi Liz,
I gave Tink 1 to 3 drops, or so, depending on how I felt she was doing. Because she had seizures and could not fly, she easily allowed us to handle her so we dropped the drops right into her mouth.

I hope it helps your GCC – let me know how it goes!

Hello—What is your source for the CBD oil? I’ve found different sources, and some are just hemp oil (like Cann-Avia), and some are advertised as CBD (like That Pet Cure). My Senegal parrot started plucking about 2 years ago and is very antsy and sometimes aggressive. Vets couldn’t find a medical reason, and we tried anti-inflammatories and hormone shots, which didn’t work. I’ve been making sure he gets 12+ hours of complete darkness at night and regulating his diet, also giving him chamomile tea. It’s not helping. I want to try CBD as a next step (because the vet is now recommending Haldol or some other drug, and I am very hesitant to put him on something like that if I don’t have to).

I think it is wise of you to look at what the CBD is in. We are our own source because I wanted a good carrier.
Our Tink’s Oil is in Hemp.

I think everyone has to do what they think is best for their parrot; in my mom’s day, medicine was temporary to help the body restore health. That’s what I aim for. Hemp oil has the correct balance of Omegas, which helps a body stay balanced. The CBD, of course, helps relax so that there is balance and calming going on — hopefully 🙂
We offer Hemp Oil and CBD (Tink’s) at this link: https://parrotbliss.com/parrot_bliss_store/

I’m sure you and your vet already talked about other possible causes for your Seni’s behavior. Frankly, my male is aggressive with my female and I’ve had to separate them 🙁 But he’s not aggressive with other birds. He isn’t tame, but let’s me pet his head and beak within limits.

LMK how it goes with your Seni

I have a Maroon Bellied Conure and she started to have seizures about three months ago. I took her to the vet and all they said was that I needed to put her down. WELL to say the least THAT IS SO NOT HAPPENING. She only weighs 57grams.
I would like to give her the CBD oil ,but would like to know what brand is the best to use, so that I don’t get the watered down version. I do hope you can guide me in the right direction.

Put her down? That just hurts to hear-

I’m with you, I reduced my GCC’s seizures. Life’s challenging and seizures are terrible, but when we love our little guys, we can help them as best we can.

57 grams doesn’t sound bad, are MBC larger than GCC?

Frankly, I didn’t want watered down CBD oil either. We sell it in hemp oil, which is beneficial. Can’t say 100% THC-free, but pretty much. If you want to get a bottle, send a message on https://www.facebook.com/ParrotBliss – They are low dose, 100 mg, in a 30 ml bottle for $35 with shipping in the contiguous US.

Whether you get mine or not, LMK how it goes. Wishing your MBC all the best – I know it is tough to go though this with her.

Giving Tink, Our Green Cheek Conure, CBD Oil We know people in the parrot world, and one gave us a 🦜 Green Cheek Conure (GCC) because he couldn’t sell her. He explained that she probably had