Advanced Avian Nutrition
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What is “Food Combining?”
Food combining treats a living creature “holistically.” Knowing and understanding how nutrients interact with each other gives us a world of nutrition that will provide our birds with life, longevity, healing, and overall holistic health for their mind, body and soul!
First and foremost, we must have a good understanding how the avian digestive tract functions and metabolizes nutrients. A parrot’s digestive tract is unique, even from that of other birds. There is a balance that must be adhered to so that we do not under-nourish or over-nourish and create a toxicity of an individual nutrient. The nutrients from foods our birds eat literally become chemicals in their digestive tract.
In addition, we must also educate ourselves on how to achieve maximum, balanced nutrition for our beloved birds utilizing macro nutrients (proteins, dietary fats, and carbohydrates), micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as naturally occurring food constituents known as “food chemicals.” We must take into consideration the co-mingling of nutrients within the digestive system, not just each individual nutrient. How nutrients react once they intermingle with other nutrients will have an overall, long-term effect on the health of our bird. This is an ongoing process and not something we can learn overnight.
While it may yet be too early to have solid nutritional profiles for each species of exotic birds, field research along with commercial bird manufacturers have blazed a path for us providing solid information regarding what nutrients parrots need to sustain health. It is now up to us to use the foundations they have provided and build upon those nutritional profiles. To do this we can use guidelines that nutritional science has given us for proper ratios regarding protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. In addition, we can study the naturally occurring food chemicals to ensure we do not combine constituents that may be harmful, but instead help provide maximum nutrition and overall holistic health to our birds.
Nutritional science is making new and advanced discoveries each and every day. These discoveries help us make new choices for our beloved birds, so there is no reason why we should remain stagnate by feeding highly processed bird foods. We can continue to move forward and provide the very best when preparing fresh mixes or side dishes for our flocks. We all have an array of choices; the power is in our own minds and hands to utilize!
Come along with us and discover the miracle of food combining!
Herbs ‘n Birds™
Have you always wished you knew more about herbs, but especially how to use them with your flock?
Here’s an opportunity to get to know herbs up close and personal and how to use them in the holistic health of our feathered friends.
Holistic health concerns body, mind and soul. In other words we will learn how to use herbs in a manner that treats our birds’ whole-being.
Taking into account that we are dealing with small, delicate creatures whose systems rapidly absorb and metabolize every item they ingest, we will learn how to utilize herbs to our birds’ best advantage without overdosing their little systems.
We will explore both non-toxic and toxic herbs so that we have a fair, good and deep knowledge and understanding of the plethora of herbs available, their macro and micro nutrients as well as their more obscure constituents such as antioxidants, steroids, hormones, tannins, phenols and more.
Herbs can be a wonderful source of healing for our birds, but used incorrectly they can also be toxic to our birds’ systems. Let’s learn how to utilize herbs safely to enhance our birds’ lives!
Healthy livers are very important! The liver is a key player in the body’s digestive system. Everything that is eaten or drunk, including medicine, passes through it. It needs to be treated right so it can stay healthy and do its job.
Stage 4 Liver Disease Reversed!
Together with Molly’s caregiver, Candi we worked very hard to reverse Molly’s Stage 4 liver disease since April 2015. There wasn’t much hope for Molly and her vet suggested that she be euthanized, but Candi just wasn’t ready to give up. Molly showed lots of will to live and a lot of spunk and vitality for her stage 4 diagnosis.
We changed her diet, placed her on extreme liver therapy. Moll immediately began improving. Her liver enzymes began lowering and she stopped plucking at the feathers on her abdomen near her liver. Molly even started playing with her toys again and started foraging and chewing on shredding toys!
Today her liver enzymes are lower than what the average levels are for her species! Amazing! Her abdominal feathers have almost completely grown in. -This is one example of birds plucking an area where they have an organ suffering internally.
This is why there is not always one straight reason for feather destruction. Furthermore this is a great example why we should ALWAYS have a thorough examination with ALL of the tests performed by our trusted veterinarian when attempting to diagnose the reason(s) behind feather destruction.
When our birds engage in feather destruction they are trying to tell us something. LISTEN. If all reasons are ruled out by the medical examination then we can safely proceed on our own, but until the medical examination takes place we should not and cannot take feather destruction into our own hands.
This is a “workshop” forum. The one-time cost to enter this workshop is $5.00. By submitting payment you are digitally signing a waiver of liability stating you will not hold Machelle Pacion, Passion Tree House LLC, or any of our dba trademarks, as well as any of our associates or representatives legally liable, either corporately or civilly for the health and welfare of your pets or yourself should you decide to follow and/or use the information/suggestions contained in this workshop.
The information contained in this workshop and any and all conversation that transpires within the scope of this workshop is for sharing purposes only and does not intend to diagnose, treat or cure any disorder, illness or disease of any kind of any living creature. You enter at your own free will; you follow and/or use the suggestions at your own free will and you are free to exit at your own free will at any time. There will be no refunds of your payment(s) should you decide to leave this workshop for any reason.
You understand we are not licensed medical practitioners of any kind. Machelle’s suggestions are based on her many years of experience and husbandry working with companion exotic parrots, as well as formulating, developing and producing state licensed foods for exotic parrots and their special needs.
Spices in the Lives of Birds
Before we can realistically know and understand how to utilize spices in the lives of our birds we first need to know the difference between “herbs and spices.”
Here is one definition given by Iowa State University, Department of Horticulture; Author Foy Spicer (1):
We often use the words herb and spice interchangeably. Herbs and spices are obtained from plants. (Salt is neither a spice nor an herb. It is actually a mineral.) Herbs and spices are used primarily for adding flavor and aroma to food. And both are best used fresh but can be saved by drying. While there are similarities, there also are subtle differences between herbs and spices.
Herbs are obtained from the leaves of herbaceous (non-woody) plants. They are used for savory purposes in cooking and some have medicinal value. Herbs often are used in larger amounts than spices. Herbs originated from temperate climates such as Italy, France, and England. Herb also is a word used to define any herbaceous plant that dies down at the end of the growing season and may not refer to its culinary value at all.
Spices are obtained from roots, flowers, fruits, seeds or bark. Spices are native to warm tropical climates and can be woody or herbaceous plants. Spices often are more potent and stronger flavored than herbs; as a result they typically are used in smaller amounts. Some spices are used not only to add taste, but also as a preservative.
Some plants are both herbs and spices. The leaves of Coriandrum sativum are the source of cilantro (herb) while coriander (spice) is from the plant’s seeds. Dill is another example. The seeds are a spice while dill weed is an herb derived from the plant’s stems and leaves.
Examples of Herbs
Examples of Spices
- Cinnamon – bark of the cinnamon tree
- Ginger – root
- Cloves – flower bud
- Saffron – stigma (female reproductive part) of saffron crocus
- Nutmeg – seed
- Vanilla – undeveloped fruit of an orchid
- Cumin – seed
Once we understand the difference between herbs and spices we can move forward knowing that we should use spices in lesser quantity than we do herbs. Why? As we have discussed in other articles birds have small, delicate and rapidly absorbing systems. Any foodstuffs they ingest are quickly metabolized due to the way Nature designed their systems; unique, short and narrow digestive tracts, rapidly absorbing digestive tracts and high metabolisms in which their metabolic systems utilize food constituents almost immediately.
We will explore each spice as in depth as possible, both toxic and non-toxic for birds so that we may gain a clear and concise knowledge as to which spices are most and least beneficial to their holistic health. While it’s fun to add flavor to our birds’ dishes, our most important goal is to ensure we are creating a healthy diet in which to cause our birds to thrive. We can increase their lifespan by adding specific spices for specific health concerns, but we must be careful not to overdose as well. Spices are considerably higher in naturally occurring phenols than other foods so we must be diligent how we utilize these powerful flavorings in our flocks’ diets.
Ref: (1) http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2003/8-22-2003/herbsnspices.html