Activated charcoal is a specific type of charcoal used as an anti-poison treatment or to treat drug overdoses. It has also shown to help promote kidney function.
However, activated charcoal should NOT be given if any of the following are involved:
- Acid and alkalis/corrosive substances
- Eucalyptus and Essential Oils
- Heavy metals - Lead, Zinc, etc.
- Mineral acids - Boric acid
Activated charcoal can be given to birds orally with a dosing syringe, an eyedropper, or lavage tube, although with extreme caution as to avoid aspiration.