DIY Bird Booster for Sick Pet Birds

DIY Bird Booster for Sick Pet BirdsI generally recommend products like Guardian Angel or Thrive when birds are ill. I feel like those give them a little booster 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.

Supplies Needed

Replaces Thrive (Morning Bird)

Replaces The Missing Link

Replaces Guardian Angel

Water, non-chlorinated



Baking Soda

Sounds like we're making a cake, doesn't it?

Step by Step Instructions

Fill a 2 liter container with warm water (helps it dissolve)

Add 1 tablespoon sugar

Add 1/2 teaspoon salt

Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix well and let it rest on the counter until ready to use. Refrigerate unused portions.

Quick and Easy! And may save your birds. Stir or Shake before serving.

How to use: Replace drinking water with this, or if handfeeding babies replace water every other feeding with this solution. Use for sick birds, tired-looking birds, just-shipped finches and canaries.

*If you are in my Facebook group, you might notice the recipe is a little different. The difference happened because this video used more water - so I changed it up accordingly.

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