Aggressive behavior and feather plucking in birds is a major health concern and often the byproduct of one or more health issues. While few products on the market have shown to counteract the myriad of reasons for this condition, cannabinoids (CBD) and the fatty acids contained within the hemp plant could provide the most protection for birds.
Omega fatty acids, when added to the diet, has shown to be successful in reducing feather plucking. Hemp Well has the perfect ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids compared to other oils like flaxseed, corn, fish and vegetable. (http://m.petmd.com/bird/conditions/skin/c_bd_feather_plucking?page=2)
|Reasons For Feather Plucking||Benefits from Hemp||Source|
|Parasites / Ringworm||Eucalyptus, tea tree and cedar are common mite treatments in birds. Hemp Well offers the same effect without irritants that could affect bird health.||http://www.popsci.com/will-smoking-pot-get-rid-your-intestinal-worms|
|Emotional stress||Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of cannabidiol||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24923339|
|Allergies to environmental factors or food||Anti-inflammatory agents of hemp work to provide relief from allergies.|
|Skin infections or inflammations||Hemp seed oil is useful for treatment of eczema and host of other skin diseases like dermatitis, seborrhoeic dermatitis/cradle cap, varicose eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus and acne rosacea.||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/
|Malnutrition||Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids provide a proper ratio of essential fatty acids.|
|Liver disease||Cannabinoids improves brain and liver function.||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21182490|
|Boredom||Generally, CBD can help restore a more balanced ‘tone’ within the endocannabinoid system.||http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/womens-health/what-studies-say-about-hemp-cbd|
|Cancer||U.S. Patent 6630507||https://sites.google.com/site/6630507/|
|Poisoning by heavy metals like zinc||Hemp is known to leach heavy metal and toxins from humans, animals, and farming soil.||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3543203/|
|Metabolic disorders||Cannabidiol has an immunomodulating effect that may be effective in fighting ischaemic diseases, the most harmful complications of metabolic syndrome.||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22430005|
|Dryness of the skin due to low humidity||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16019622|
|Mites||Essential oils (tea, cedar, eucalyptus) are used to treat mites, but can be strong irritants if mixed or used improperly. Hemp oil is soothing, not irritating, and will kill mites safely through suffocation.|
Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is fairly common in captive birds. Factors that have been linked to the development of atherosclerosis in pet birds include long term diets high in fat or cholesterol and/or lack of exercise. Omega-3 fatty acids, play an important role in the prevention of atherosclerosis by inhibiting inflammation within the blood vessels, reducing plaque formation and by other means that protect the vessels.
A researcher from Imperial College London and his colleagues have developed for the first time a map of a typical bird brain, showing how different regions are connected together to process information.