Bird CharcoalKeep HARI charcoal available to help aid in digestion or to help eliminate toxins. Safe for pet birds, it is especially beneficial for budgies, canaries, finches and other small birds. If heavy metal poisoning, medication overdose, or any toxin ingestion is suspected, activated charcoal can absorb the toxins and help them to be eliminated quickly.
Did you know that bird charcoal…
- Provides an excellent aid to proper digestion
- Neutralizes acids and fights gastric hyperacidity
- Helps maintain a balanced pH
- Is great to have on hand in case of emergencies
If you suspect your bird is in distress, consult with your avian veterinarian. Activated charcoal can affect absorption of some medications, always consult with your vet regarding your bird’s need for activated charcoal.
Why and when to feed activated carbon to your bird?
At one time, Bird charcoal was included in every bird starter kit on the market. Today it is not as readily available, but it is an indispensable product that should be bought when acquiring a new companion bird. We recommend to always have activated charcoal on-hand, in your avian first aid kit in case of accidental ingestion of a toxin. There is no contraindication to giving a small amount of activated charcoal, which is often what a veterinary hospital would do upon suspicion of the bird having ingested a paint flake, lead or another toxic substance.
How much activated carbon does a bird need?
Bird charcoal is not something that companion birds will eat on a regular basis. Charcoal should be offered inside of the cage in small quantities. It’s an excellent digestive aid. If a bird never touches it, it is not an issue however, if a bird starts to consume it readily, then this can be a signal that perhaps the bird trying to combat parasites, pathogenic bacteria in the gut , or it could be an indication that something is going on in the bird’s body that is not quite healthy.
Bird Charcoal is a little bit like a barometer for caretakers to see if there is anything that the bird is perhaps lacking or fighting – a little bit like crushed Oyster Shells, as this too should always be made readily available for companion birds to consume as needed. Chronic egg layers, such as a love birds or cockatiels will start to consume a large amount of Oysters Shells, prior to laying an egg. This could again help caretakers gauge if their bird is preparing to lay eggs, therefore requiring more calcium in its diet.
Bird charcoal can also be offered in the cage, but it is not meant to be a source of nutrients and it is quite powdery, so it’s best not to offer it in large amounts – a small treat dish will suffice. When offering in an aviary or flight with multiple finches or canaries, and there are numerous feeding stations, caretakers can provide a small feeding dish of activated charcoal nearby.
If the bird is not consuming the charcoal, it is not something the caretaker should worry over, it is quite normal for a bird to not to ingest activated charcoal– in most cases, they only consume when and if needed.
If Clay-Cal Clay supplement is already offered in the cage on a regular basis, there is a very minute amount of charcoal mixed in, so offering additional charcoal in a separate treat dish may not be needed.
For all pet birds
Birds should have access to HARI Charcoal as needed. Offer in a separate treat cup. Replace when needed. Discard unused portion if soiled. Be sure an ample supply of clean fresh water and food are always available.
If you suspect your bird is in distress, consult with your avian veterinarian. Activated charcoal can affect absorption of some medications and vitamins, always consult with your vet regarding your bird’s need for activated charcoal.
Note: Activated carbon can affect absorption of some medications and vitamins, always consult with your avian vet. If you suspect you bird has ingested a toxin, we recommend you seek immediate veterinary attention.
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