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Instinctive geophagy in parrots

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Geophagy is the fact of eating earth, instinctive animal geophagy is the consumption of clays …

Thanks to scientific studies, we know that in the natural environment parrots ingest clay. The latter represents excellent protection against food toxins and a very good sodium intake.

In fact, parrots consume seeds and fruits which contain indigestible bitter substances. Clay is therefore a natural remedy to detoxify their digestive system or to provide nutrients.

What about our parrots in captivity?

Even if the fruits and vegetables that we give to our parrots are perfectly cleaned and organic, that we are very careful about the choice of toys, branches, perches…. It is impossible to remove all traces of fungi, bacteria and toxins or other unwanted substances.

The clay can therefore allow our parrots to overcome accidental exposures which may go unnoticed in everyday life but can weaken the digestive system of our birds.

The clay will therefore attract toxins and bacteria as well as environmental and chemical metabolic waste to then evacuate in the droppings. It will also be a very good source of sodium.

How to give clay to your parrot.

1 – Milk of clay: Detoxifying diet.

Mix a teaspoon of clay (montmorillonite bentonite) in 125ml of water.
Cover and let stand overnight, until the clay settles to the bottom of the glass.
The clay milk will be the supernatant that will be offered as drinking water to the parrot.
Repeat for 21 days

2 – In addition on fresh food.

The clay retains a large amount of water, so it will be very easy to sprinkle, fresh fruits and vegetables and sprouts. It will thus be able to eliminate natural toxins: tannins, phenols or artificial toxins (pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, etc.) and provide a supply of minerals.

3 – Foraging

It is essential to offer the parrot the possibility of foraging, and it is a great way to present clay to our parrots since this is how they would do it in their natural environment.

4 – Available

It is quite possible to leave at the disposal of the bird a small bowl containing clay that he can consume as he pleases.

5 – As a poultice

Clay mud can be used as a poultice for wounds as a soothing bandage to promote healing.

Some rules to take into account:

  • Please note that clay is not a substitute for medical care. It cannot cure a severe exposure to toxic products, it is imperative to consult an avian veterinarian.
  • Use utensils and containers made of wood, glass, ceramic or non-porous plastics (anything metallic can affect the effectiveness of the clay)
  • Clay can interfere with the effects of prescribed drugs. Always tell your veterinarian if the bird is consuming clay.
  • Never throw clay down the sink or toilet, it may cause damage to the plumbing.

Nolwenn Boizet, 2021, passionplumecailles.com

Reference

Nolwenn Boizet, May 2021, La Géophagie instinctive chez le parroquet, article available online: https://perroquetdenature.blogspot.com/2021/05/la-geophagie-instinctive-chez-le.html?fbclid=IwAR28dg7HQcgZ9AErFwlcciafHQcgZ9AErFwlcciafHQcgZ9AErFwlcciaf1ZoWjJJJKJKJKJKccSlcciaf1ZoWuqJYKJKJKJKJKJKJJJJJJJJJKJKJJKJJKJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ May 30, 2021

Photo: Eloiza in Puerto Maldonado, Peru

An information nest © – May 2021

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