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    Fresh herbs

    So I was at the local WalMart to get some stuff to cook dinner and in the produce section they had flower pots with things such as basil, thyme and rosemary. I have never given any of my birds fresh herbs, mainly because I was not sure how they would like them and which were safe and my total lack of a green thumb. However if the birds will benefit from them I can try growing a pot or two of something and clipping and rinsing leaves daily for them. Anyone do this? Let me know.
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    Re: Fresh herbs

    I do. I actually have a herb garden just for the birds. I clip the herbs fresh, rinse them well and offer them along with their veggies. Mine love everything I have offered them so far. They get basil, rosemary, thyme, tarragon, sage, oregano and marjoram. When the herbs are close to finishing for the summer, I dry them, put them in the freeze and mix them in with rice, beans, veggies, pasta, etc. Herbs are great for birds as it aids in digestion, gives them flavor without any additives. The dried herbs also go into their seed/pellets and I've actually noticed them picking out the herbs to eat first.

    Herbs aren't hard to grow. Give them plenty of sunlight and water every two days. I plant mine in large pots and place the pots outside where they get sunlight half the day, then some cool shade to keep them from wilting.
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    Re: Fresh herbs

    I don't know if it would be considered a herb but I get my birds wheat grass which a local supermarket sells for pets in the veggie section. It comes in a 4" pot and can last as long as 2 weeks if I water it. The birds seem to enjoy sitting in it as well as nibbling on it.

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    Re: Fresh herbs

    I think cilantro and parsley and herbs and my birds get those all the time and love it.
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    Re: Fresh herbs

    I have window sill herbs like parsley and oregano as well as an entire patio garden of herbs like basil, rosemary, mint, etc. My tiel loves to just trample everything and go nuts in it. I'm fine with that because we have way more than we could possibly use, and he has a lot of fun and gets some fresh greens for a change.

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    Re: Fresh herbs

    Most herbs are fine for tiels and they love eating fresh plants - just be careful with parsley as it has high OXALATE content and too much of it too often can lead to blocked calcium absorption (just like spinach).

    http://www.cockatielcottage.net/houseplants.html

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    Re: Fresh herbs

    i read on another forum that sage is toxic. i had already however given them sage previously but nothing happened .they didnt like it much.still be cautious though.

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    Re: Fresh herbs

    I just want to throw in my 0.02 here... I can't imagine Sage actually being toxic to birds. It's just a member of the mint family, like all mints, oregano, nettles, coleus, basil and asian basil, marjoram and more. I'm pretty much positive it is fine, and others here have mentioned giving it to their birds. I just wouldn't give in high amounts.

    I have given a lavander sprig, a needle of rosemary, cilantro, basil, very small amounts of thyme. I would hesitate to give large amounts of evergreen type herbs (rosemary, taragon, thyme, lavender) just because the potency they have. But in small amounts they are a great way to add variety and flavor to your birds' lives.

    My bunny loves herbs too...

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