Google Custom Search

Dear Visitors to

Site Navigation is pretty straight forward. Links to the articles and other information are listed below the introduction to the website. When you have completed reading the article you have chosen, use your browser back button to return to this page and find another. You can also use the google toolbar to help search for specific information, however it may take a few weeks before google can do this accurately. Many of the page names that google has cached are no longer valid and you will get 'page not found' errors for awhile.

Some of the pages on this site contain articles and other pages contain selected comments from discussion list members. Opinions are derived from personal experience, observation and study. Several list members are highly regarded in their fields of expertise.


Holistic comes from the word 'whole'. When we look at a pet bird holistically, we consider the bird's whole being, which includes mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects. Each of these factors affects health and is taken into consideration when evaluating our bird holistically.  Some of these factors include:

When a bird is not well, the healer and owner work together to find the underlying cause and 'cure' it, rather than just eliminating symptoms. Addressing symptoms alone often makes the cause of disease manifest itself in other ways.

Healing methods on this site nclude conventional Western medicine along with more traditional healing modalities such as:

Many pet bird diseases can be healed simply by improving the bird's diet. Natural health for birds is often a combination of methods (modalities), some of which are mentioned above.

This website is intended to break through the barriers of misunderstanding. It contains discussions and explanations regarding different pet bird health problems and the healing methods used to address them. It also shares information on a variety of other topics that can impact the health of your bird.

HolisticBird Discussion List Resources

Health evaluation forms | Join the HolisticBird list |

Guidelines for HolisticBird discussion list

About us - HolisticBird list members | Acronyms | Herbal terminology |

Medical terminology |Tutorials relevant to discussion list |

HolisticBird Newsletter


Using Bach Flower remedies for aggression and resentment

Fear desensitization | Flying | Hormones | Nanny Birds |

Click-train a screaming bird


Concepts: switching diets | nutrition vs therapy |

food as kababs or toys | how hot is too hot | recipes | foraging

pellet debate | diet Interviews with Mike Owens and David Poole


"We're supposed to eat an apple...
do you see any apples?"

Please read the Food Pyramid for Parrots for information about developing a natural diet based on your bird's species and origins.


fruit and vegetable chart | grains | greens |

green food powder (wheat grass, etc) | edible herb garden |

sea vegetables | sprouts |

food supplements (enzymes, MSM, pollen...more) | grit | probiotics

Additives to Avoid: sugar

Other additives to avoid include chemical preservatives and dyes. A google search will provide much information about these topics. They include: BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin and more.


air and ozone | safe household cleaners | lighting | music

pest control | other household pets | safe and poisonous plants

predator control | weather


Health and Healing

Emergency First Aid

first aid kits | herbal remedy kit | repairing broken blood feathers

bleeding |


bacteria and their toxins | are cultures necessary? |

Disease list | Doseage calculation


crop problems | weaning issues | incubator hatch debate


allergies | are birds fragile? | vaccinations 

Species Specific health concerns: budgies

Drugs: haldol

Case Studies



Ayurveda | Healing with color | Dangerous herbs list | Essential oils

Flower essences | Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) | Herb articles

Herb properties and uses | Homeopathy | Homeopathic remedies

Magnets | Trees | Tellington Touch (Ttouch)


Protein and parrots by Mike Owen | Protein by Malcolm Green |

Sulphur containing amino acids | Protein basics | Bioflavonoids

Essential Fatty Acids | Metals | Nutrition from seeds | Phytonutrition

Vitamins | Water


Legal stuff ...

Produced and published 
by gloria scholbe and  friends of

Information contained on The website is not intended to replace the diagnosis or treatment of a qualified avian or holistic veterinarian. None of the statements have been evaluated by the federal governement or its agencies for accuracy or effectiveness. Readers are encouraged to consult with qualified health care practitioners for diagnosis and treatments. We do not assume any legal responsibility for the use or misuse of any information contained within.

We are not affiliated in any way with the domain name or its commercial website. That domain was purchased by another individual, who tried to sell it to us for four times the price when we needed it for the newsletter. We had already purchased for our original website, which had no advertising on it. However, since we intended to help support the newsletter with ads, we needed the dot com domain for the purpose. Since we were unable to make the purchase, we instead purchased (with an 's' at the end). We apologise for any confusion caused by the similar names.

All photos, graphics, and articles are Copyright of HolisticBird Newsletter 2001-2007 inclusive.

site design by