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Finch Illness

Home Made Energy Drink for Sick Birds

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I generally recommend products like Guardian Angel or Thrive when birds are ill. I feel like those give them strength to fight through the illness – often that plus heat will get them through a rough patch.

If you don’t have access to one of these, the next in line is pedialyte. That’s something parents are familiar with – it’s what you give sick children. You find it in the baby aisle at the grocery or pharmacy.

But what if you don’t have that either (Whaaa? You didn’t get my memo about the first aid kit?)

You DIY of course!

Because let’s face it. When do birds get sick? Midnight on Sunday. When the stores are all closed. So here you go, my fellow procrastinators.

Homemade Electrolyte Recipe

1 Cup water (warm, bottled, Non-chlorinated)
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix well, store in fridge. Shake before serving. Replace drinking water with this, or if handfeeding babies replace water every other feeding with this solution.

You might recall this post, where  said homemade “supplements” are harmful. That’s because people were putting things in them that shouldn’t be given to pet birds. Ever. And because once you introduce sugar, especially with smaller birds, you could run the risk of them developing yeast.

This one, though  — should be perfectly safe. Yes, I’ve used it. No, I’m not a doctor. Please check with your veterinarian to be sure.