I’ve had my Severe Macaw since 1994. He started plucking in 2016. Medical tests are done, he’s on Haliperidol (spelling??), which helps some. Has CBD been tested with parrots to help with anxiety?
Feather destructive behavior is a very complicated issue. Even with having testing done initially, it is worth revisiting because there have been some new advances. Sometimes it is only caused by an emotional issue. In these cases, it is normally something that happens suddenly, and immediately following a change in the bird’s life. However, more often there is a medical cause. Because that can take time to diagnose and treat, the feather plucking becomes a habit, so the bird needs to be treated and cured medically, and then is sometimes fitted with a collar while the feathers grown back, to help him break the habit. If you start off with a collar, you are only treating the plucking and not the cause. I’m not sure if medical tests have been run yet, but the bird needs blood tests and probably a feather biopsy. There is a possible link between feather destructive behavior and Avian Bornavirus so this test is highly recommended. It is expensive to do a lot of testing, but unless the physical cause is diagnosed and treated, the collar is only a temporary solution and the bird will just start again once the collar is off. There are mixed results with anti-anxiety medications, and again, those are only going to be effective if the cause was only a behavior issue. Dr. Tully did talk about CBD in some of the past webinars, and he said studies have started, but there are no findings yet as they are in the early stages of the study. You might also ask your Vet about the Greywood Manor Teas for birds. Dr. Lamb has used these, but she does not recommend using them without a recommendation of which one and how much to give, from your Avian Vet. I would recommend that you as the owner do as much research as possible, and definitely use a Vet who is Board Certified in Avian Medicine. Feather destructive behavior has been widely researched for decades, and there have been many new findings, particularly the possible link to bornavirus. But your Vet needs to be up to date on all of this, as well as to know exactly how to do the biopsy and testing, because part of the findings have resulted in recommendations on how to collect the samples.
CBD Oil for Parrots: Hemp Oil Health Guide for Pet Birds and Reviews
CBD is the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, not to be confused with THC, which is the part of the plant that makes you high.
To be classified as a CBD oil product, the product must come from the cannabis plant and contain less than 0.3% THC. It doesn’t get your or your pets high but it may contain some health benefits.
Is it legal?
Yes, because the CBD oil does not contain THC it does not get you or your animals high, making the substance legal in all American states. In fact, it is perfectly legal to buy through Amazon, see here for our recommended product list.
What claims are made about CBD oil for parrots?
Like humans, parrots can get stressed out. This could be due to fighting with other birds, changes in their environment (such as moving to a new home), or because of boredom and loneliness.
CBD oil claims to be able to alleviate these psychological problems in birds and there are also other claims that it can help with diseases, support the immune system and reduce skin irritation problems.
Does it work?
Because this is a new supplement, it is hard to verify some of these claims. There is some initial evidence that CBD can be beneficial and will help your bird to relax or be less aggressive. However, because the substance is only now being used, it is hard to back this up with science.
How do you use CBD oil work with birds?
In their natural habitat, these birds live in hot and humid conditions.
For CBD oil to work properly, you need to give your bird the correct dosage. To do this, you’ll need to know the weight of your bird, which can be found by using avian scales such as the ones available here.
CannAvia claims that you should use 50mg CBD oil for birds weighing less than 325 grams. 100mg of CBD oil should be used for birds weighing between 325 to 650 grams. Finally, 200mg of CBD oil for birds weighing over 250 grams.
People normally feed their birds by applying a few drops of CBD daily into their pets food. Do not apply the glass dropper directly into your bird’s beak as this has the potential of breaking the glass if the bird decides to close its beak.
See this video below for a demonstration on how it is applied:
Is it safe?
CBD oil can interact with other medications that your bird may be taking so be careful if your pet bird is on anything else. Research into the effects of CBD oil on humans is only just beginning and the effects on birds are still somewhat unknown. Always contact your veterinarian before giving your bird CBD oil.
What are the best CBD oil options for birds?
CBD oil for parrots is available in from a range of different companies, some of the popular ones available include:
1) Bird Hemp from HempWell
Made from the Cannabis plant, this non-psychoactive hemp product is also rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Users have reported that it is particularly effective with birds that have feather plucking issues.
2) Watershed Pets Natural Hemp Oil
Grown in Colorado, USA, this oil is purified and contains no solvents or pesticides. Used to help pets relax, this oil is third party tested and comes with a money back guarantee.
This is a hand harvested CBD oil that comes to a lab for purification process, ensuring less than 0.3% THC is left in the oil. Comes with a 30 day return policy if you’re not satisfied.
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