Colloidal Silver for Chickens, Parrots, Parakeets, Cockatiels, Pigeons, Ducks and other Birds
Can colloidal silver be used to heal infections in chickens, parrots, parakeets, cockatiels, pigeons, ducks and other birds?
Indeed it can, if the real-life testimonials and recommendations from bird-lovers, below, are any indication.
Colloidal silver is even sold by many online bird-oriented pet shops, and is highly recommended in books about raising birds.
Here’s what bird raisers and bird fanciers are saying about the near-miraculous healing properties of colloidal silver for birds...
Works on Pigeons Infected with a Parasite, Too!
Brian M. wrote to say that he’s been using colloidal silver successfully on his sick pigeons, as well. He stated:
“We are a small charity in London (London Wildlife Protection) and we run on a very small budget. We mostly pay our own costs and occasionally people submitting birds will make a donation.
I say this because I want to make the point that we cannot submit a bird to a vet every time we are not sure what the problem is. We mostly treat pigeons which have very hard lives in the cities. T heir average life span drops from 14 years to 4 years because they live in a city.
This is where colloidal silver is the most useful to us. We can either try a different antibiotic every three days or so and hope we hit the right antibiotic before the infection overwhelms the pigeons body, or we can give colloidal silver, which has a very broad-spectrum action on diseases and even treats things that antibiotics cannot, such as viruses.
I have found in general that it is better to give colloidal silver than try to guess the right antibiotic drug. I have far more pigeons with undiagnosed disease that have survived after colloidal silver than I have that went through the trial-and-error procedure with the antibiotic drugs.
We also have problems with some of the antibiotic drugs no longer working as well as they once did, forcing us to use such drugs in combination to get rid of an infection.
One of the worst diseases in this regard is Canker, which is a protozoa that build up a cheese-like deposit in the pigeons throat and sometimes deeper in the body. The pigeon can suffocate slowly from this build up. I have found colloidal silver works against this protozoa even when it is resistant against a number of the drugs we use.
I feel with the greater antibiotic drug resistance that we are meeting in various pathogens, colloidal silver is going to be a big part of future treatment of animals that are in places where they are exposed to a lot of diseases.
I grow more positive on colloidal silver as the days go by. I’m finding it easier to control the spread of disease by adding colloidal silver to their water and giving it directly to those that are sick. I have a lot of sympathy for street pigeons, as they live such awful and short lives because of the way they are hated by people. People should know better and be more compassionate to such a poor animal.”
Parrots, Cockatiels, Ducks and More!
Colloidal silver apparently works well on other types of sick birds, as well. Here are some examples from people who have written in:
Kimberly G. wrote: “My parakeet was very sick for a few days and couldn't even sit on his perch so I added colloidal silver to his water and a few hours later he was perfectly fine.”
Marshalee H. wrote to say: “I cured a baby cockatiel bird of Giardia with my home made colloidal silver. I just put a few drops right into her beak throughout the day. The vet was amazed!!!”
Amber S. wrote to say:
“Yes! I have a bird that got
attacked by the cat a few days ago. The wound was very large and gruesome and I
didn't think he'd make it. I applied Colloidal Silver (from my home generator)
every hour that day and then at the end of the day saturated it with
coconut oil to re-moisturize it... His wound was COMPLETELY closed back up by
the next morning and he's just as happy and healthy now as ever!!”
Patricia J. wrote to tell me: “My bird, Captain Jack, has been sick for months. I got him from someone who did not take good care of him. He had a hole in his neck. I spent $150 for antibiotics. Guess what? They did not work. Meantime I got this silver maker and I’ve been putting the colloidal silver into his bath and his drinking water. The hole in his neck is gone. No more vet bills for Capt Jack. He was even chattering, which he has not done in weeks. Thank you. Silver is magic.”
Marvin D. wrote to say: “My parrot chewed on his right wing eight years ago. The feathers didn’t grow back until 2 weeks ago when I started holding him down and spraying the wing with colloidal silver. The feathers are not completely grown out, but are visible and growing.”
Sandra F. wrote to say:
“Dear Steve, have to tell you how I have just saved my cockatiel, my third pet success. She was already a cripple when given to me with two broken wings & a broken leg which was already useless due to a solid abscess.
A week ago she developed a lump on her back. A few hours later it had doubled in size and I thought she would burst. I rang my sister for advice, as she breeds cockatiels. She advised me to lance the abscess and swab the area with colloidal silver, and use a plastic syringe to put colloidal silver down the bird’s throat.
I was unable to lance the lump. So just did the swabbing & syringing. After 5 days the abscess is almost gone, from a half-walnut size to flat!”
And finally, Anne T. wrote to say, “I have used colloidal silver in the drinking water of my ducks and chickens. They are never sick. J”
Dosages for Sick Birds?
From what I've read, it appears most bird lovers either add a teaspoonful or two of colloidal silver to their bird’s drinking water, for preventive purposes. Or, if the bird is already sick, they might give it 1 cc of colloidal silver, up to three times a day, orally, using an eyedropper or a plastic syringe.
This generally works for both stomach infections as well as upper respiratory infections. But for stubborn upper respiratory infections, some bird lovers sequester their sick birds into makeshift croup tents (aka “mist tent”), and run aerosolized colloidal silver mist into the ‘tent’ using a nebulizer. (Learn more about using nebulized colloidal silver to treat pets with upper respiratory infections, here.)
Interestingly, there’s actual clinical documentation for this. In a study titled "Silver and Its Compounds," published in the journal Disinfection, Sterilization and Preservation, it’s noted by the study authors that, "In veterinary medicine, claims have been made that an ionic silver aerosol, upon inhalation, has protected chickens against coli-bacteriosis and pullorosis-typhus infections."
This means ionic colloidal silver given to poultry as an aerosol (i.e., probably using a cool mist vaporizer or a nebulizer with colloidal silver in it), appears to have protected the chickens from infection.
Dismissed by Veterinarians
Loved by Bird Lovers!
Unfortunately, veterinarians who specialize in bird care tend to dismiss colloidal silver out-of-hand. Naturally, they'd prefer to charge you money to treat your birds with prescription antibiotics, rather than have you self-treat your birds with safe, natural colloidal silver. And of course, the vets have veterinary medical training, whereas most bird owners don't.
Nevertheless, there are many bird owners who treat their birds for infections using colloidal silver. And there are even colloidal silver products said to be specifically made for bird care, such as this one from All ParrotProducts.com. Here’s another one from The PrettyParrot.com website; they even sell colloidal silver dispenser bottles for pet birds!
I have never used either of the above-linked colloidal silver products, and have no connection whatsoever with the companies behind them; I am just presenting these links, which I found in ten seconds using a Google search, to demonstrate that bird experts do indeed use colloidal silver to help cure their pet birds of infections.
However, it appears just about any good brand of colloidal silver will do. Or you do what a lot of chicken raisers and bird lovers do, and make your own high-quality colloidal silver for less than 36 cents a quart, using a Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge. The money you save by making your own colloidal silver instead of buying commercial brands can be astonishing!
Many farmers also use colloidal silver on their poultry to clear up infections that can spread rapidly. (The FDA, by the way, frowns on the use of colloidal silver by farmers; see their strange warning against using colloidal silver for farm animals or pets, here.)
For example, the Happy Chicks web site for chicken farmers states:
“Chicken sneezing, coughing, runny nose, diarrhea, rattling and gasping…If your hens have the above, they probably have mycoplasma.
This is very common in poultry and easily treated. Mycoplasma is an infection passed around in hens throughout the country. Hens with mycoplasma need to have antibiotics. These antibiotics can be put in the drinking water of given straight to hen orally.
We use high-stability colloidal silver which is a natural antibiotic -- safe on humans and animals. You can either give direct into the hen’s mouth twice a day or put a teaspoon into their drinking water.”
On the BackyardChickens.com website I found the following interesting account::
"I have used colloidal silver with immediate success. I rescued 4 black sex-links [i.e., cross-bred chickens -- ED] and one of them started sneezing with congestion right after releasing them from quarantine.
As a newbie chicken mom, I was scared she had infected the whole flock. I believe in using antibiotics as little as possible...so, I grabbed my colloidal silver, added 2 teaspoons to a gallon of their water plus 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar for 5 days and her sneezes and congestion was totally gone and has not returned!
None of the rest of my flock ever showed signs of what she might have had either...Since then I use 1/2 teaspoon daily in their water."
I also found the following account on the BackyardChickens.com website:
"I came home yesterday to a sneezing and wheezing chicken. I quickly removed her and administered 1 cc of 20 ppm colloidal silver. I also soaked a small piece of bread with olive oil and 3 drops of the colloidal silver because I was not sure exactly how much of the 1 cc I had gotten down her as she was fighting me.
Within an hour she was no longer wheezing. Before bedtime I gave her another 1 cc of the silver with the help of hubby so I was sure I had gotten it down her. She was confined to a large wire dog crate away from the other chickens overnight.
In the morning she was fine and this afternoon I returned her to the coop with the other hens. I wanted to share this as I have had another hen that had on two different occasions over the past couple of years presented with the same symptoms and the silver had worked successfully and almost immediately."
Finally, I saw the following comment on the BackYardChickens.com site, from a woman who had a hen afflicted with Marek's disease, a potentially deadly virus that from the herpes virus family that can leave chicken’s paralyzed:
"I brought the hen into the house, in a plastic tub with bedding. I force fed her (figuring it couldn't hurt) a mixture of colloidal silver and water at first, then as she perked up, colloidal silver mixed with "emergen-C" vitamin powder.
For two days she lay on her side, then moved to lying on her breast, then spent yesterday standing up. After the first two days she started eating again.
As she was crawling with lice I also treated her with topical Ivermectin and diatomaceous earth. Today I moved her back to the flock. She is wobbly on her legs, but can run around and fly. However, she is closing one eye now, and pecks at her food several times before finding it (I read about Marek's impairing vision).
Tomorrow I will probably bring her back in the house and continue the nursing treatment. Her recovery was remarkable...but everything I read about Marek's says to cull the bird (I have not done this yet, and for various reasons would find it very difficult to do)."
In another post, the same lady wrote, in answer to a question posed to her about using colloidal silver on her chickens:
"I first heard about using colloidal silver for chickens in Patricia Forman's book City Chicks...I just know it seems to really work well on chickens...
My Marek’s hen seems to be doing well. I brought her back in the house. She is alert and eating and gaining weight. In fact, she broke out of her box last night, which I had loosely covered with chicken wire, and spent the night on my son's bed (he is away at college.) Luckily her diarrhea had cleared up.
going to treat her irritated eye with colloidal silver... Hopefully another
week of TLC will have her back with the other hens."
And finally, here’s another Marek’s survival story from the BackYardChickens.com website:
"A while back, I posted about curing two of my hens of Marek's with Colloidal Silver (CS). I've had several chickens lovers contact me and let me know that because of my post, they gave colloidal silver to their paralyzed chickens and they have all completely recovered and are walking again.
I also want to share about a recent experience with a rooster that healed because of colloidal silver. Copper is a beautiful copper-colored rooster who, when 4-5 months old, began having trouble walking. The joints in his legs lost their strength and he ended up walking on those joints (equivalent to where our knees are). It was horribly sad as he was not only sweet, but beautiful.
I began to give him colloidal silver. He must have had a really advanced case of it because it took weeks before he started showing signs of being able to walk normally again. I used to visualize his legs as super strong as I'd see him hobbling around the yard and with the applications of colloidal silver, his legs got stronger and he started to walk.
Every so often, his joints would give out again. He would walk with his tail way high and his head low at first because it kept his legs straight. Then one day, he began walking normally. It was such a triumph. Beautiful Copper could walk."
A Very Unusual Use:
Soaking Bird Seed in Colloidal Silver
Finally, there’s this short but unusual use for colloidal silver, for birds, from Victor H, who wrote me by email to say:
“I have a bird aviary. I soak bird seed for them. The seed germinates and creates sprouts. It is very good for the birds nutritionally. But one of the dangers of soaking bird seed is that you run the risk of developing mold in the seed. So I’ve been using colloidal silver in the soak. I have not had any mold at all in soaked seed. The birds are doing great. They love the sprouts!”
Make Your Own High-Quality
Colloidal Silver for Just Pennies!
A Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge allows you to make your own high-quality colloidal silver for less than 36 cents a quart.
Compare that to major health food store brands of colloidal silver, which usually cost between $20 and $30 for a tiny, four-ounce bottle, and you’ll see that the savings are astonishing.
In fact, compared to health food store prices for colloidal silver, your very first one-quart batch of micro-particle colloidal silver actually pays for the entire cost the generator. Do you know of any other health product that literally pays for itself the very first time you use it?
Obviously, having the ability to make your own high-quality micro-particle colloidal silver for only pennies per quart is about as close as you’ll ever get to having "free" colloidal silver for the rest of your life, any time you or a family member, friend or loved one needs it.
And because the silver particles produced by this amazing breakthrough in colloidal silver-making technology are as low as .8 nm – a fraction of a single nanometer – their effectiveness against colonies of pathogenic microbes is astonishing.
Because of their extremely small size, the tiny, submicroscopic silver particles are up to 1,000 times more bioavailable than conventional silver particles. This means the human body is able to absorb 99-100% of the silver, send it throughout the body to kill pathogens, and then excrete it with ease, afterwards.
Perhaps that’s why so many thousands upon thousands of people absolutely rave over the effectiveness of their homemade micro-particle colloidal silver, as you can see at this web page full of real-life colloidal silver success stories.
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Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another insightful article on colloidal silver….
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick, author
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