I have just read a few things on using aloe vera & water as a mist on Budgies-has or does any one mist their buds with this and if so how do you go about it?....how much aloe vera to water do you use and do you rinse of after or leave?..all imfo would be good to know... I was thinking it may help Elfs fuzzy feathers!?....can i do this in between his spot on treatments? i have to treat him once more with spot on next week and then 4 weeks from then...
Moogie. These instructions are for making up a mixture yourself with a piece of Aloe Vera leaf. This solution, as described, can also be used as a spray.
To use Aloe Vera, make a gel juice by using the following method: Fill a 1 litre glass jar with rainwater or filtered water and place a 115-gram piece of Aloe Vera leaf in it. If using as a wormer or laxative, leave the thick skin on, or otherwise trim it off. (Remember; water to be put in jar before leaf.) Place jar in refrigerator for 24 hrs. The leaf will float at first, and when the solution is ready for use the leaf will sink to the bottom of the jar. Dilute this solution 50/50 with more pure water, and give it to your birds daily. The original solution can be topped up, as the Aloe Vera leaf will be effective for 14 days.
Remember you cannot overdose your birds using this.
Important Points 1. Do not stir or shake the jar. (As the enzymes are very sensitive) 2. Keep refrigerated as enzymes killed by heat. 3. Change water in drinkers daily. 4. Solution can, be sprayed on the birds for external Parasites. 5. For cuts and sores use the gel that oozes from the leaves.
does it matter which type of aloe vera plant as there are quite a few different types
I think they are all pretty much of a muchness - not a lot of difference from one to the other. Moogie, if you were to use a commercial gel, I would start off with a small amount, maybe one in a hundred dilution, (one ml into 100mls) and see how that goes. Aloe is such good stuff in it's true state, I really don't think you can cause Elfie any harm by diluting and spraying.