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    Is basil safe for tiels to eat?

    I was just wondering because I wanted to give him some lettuce and I thought it would add some nice flavor.
    I figured I would ask before I gave it to him (i think ) so yea, any answers?

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    Re: Is basil safe for tiels to eat?

    I don't know about basil, but I do know that thyme, sage, oregano, rosemary, cayenne pepper, cinnoman, and parsnip are fine. My 'teil adores fresh thyme.

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    Ahh -there it is... Just found the thread -http://www.tailfeathersnetwork.com/c...ighlight=basil yes- basil is just fine to feed your bird.

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    Re: Is basil safe for tiels to eat?

    How much of it do you give them? Just wondering, I have lots of herbs in the garden and wanted to know if there was a limit of how much.
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    Re: Is basil safe for tiels to eat?

    Personally, when it comes to Vegi's and Herbs, I let them pretty much eat all they want, I put some sort of Vegi and/or Herb in their cage each day trying to put something different in most days to give them variety. Each time I go shopping I pick up another kind of fresh Herb and see if they like it.

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    Re: Is basil safe for tiels to eat?

    I have read somewhere (sorry, cannot find the source) that the more "aromatic" the hearb, the less they should eat.
    But basil was fine. Mint was limited. I would have said basil is also aromatic, but it's clearly not in the same catagory!

    Mine have eaten basil -- they're not too fond of it.

    Just note when it comes to lettuce, that most types are pretty much low on nutrients, so rather go for the darker ones, like romaine. (I never buy mine lettuce leaves.)
    Otherwise, other dark leaves which are fine are: kale, chard, mustard leaves, spinach (although this inhibits calsium absorbtion, so keep your girl-birds away from this), beetroot leaves, carrot-tops.

    Mine love dill and fennel.
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    Re: Is basil safe for tiels to eat?

    My Pete loves anything green and he loves herbs - he will eat some, and then shred what is left. Apparently he needs to get it out of the way when he has had enough.
    LOVES dandelion leaves...

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    Re: Is basil safe for tiels to eat?

    I like to grow my own fresh herbs for cooking so I have first hand experience with them gourging on basil, rosemary, parsley, cilantro, oregano, sage (probably others)...it leaves the birds smelling real yummy and probably a little bit happier (for the destruction as much as munching!) but I've never seen even the slightest change in their droppings, behavior, anything to indicate illness.

    Tracy P-- I want to try growing dandelion leaves in pots (apartment dweller here) for the humans and birds alike! mmmmyum!

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    Re: Is basil safe for tiels to eat?

    I tried basil once they took one bite and thats it...I think it was to strong for them.

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