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Weeds as parrot food

posted by Gudrun @ 16:15 PM
June 3, 2009

parrot foodSome weeds make a great parrot food. Do you have dandelion in your yard? If you don’t spray your garden, dandelion make a great parrot food and toy. Why should we pull out such a nutritious and healthy plant, which the settlers valued so highly, that they brought it over from Europe? The Native Americans realized its qualities and integrated it fast in their diet and as medicine. Many people are not aware that they have such a great parrot food in their yards. They usually try to get rid of it. I am looking forward to early spring to be able to start feeding the leafs. Dandelion leafs contain many minerals and vitamins and are very blood cleansing. I ad the leafs  to my fresh parrot food, pureed, cookes and hang them on the side of the cages. Later on the birds love to play with and eat the flowers.

 

parrot foodPlantain is another ‘weed’, the settler brought over to America. Then it was called the ‘mother of herbs’. It is not the banana, but these green, flat plants, which grow all over our yard and everybody tries to get rid of. Plantain, like dandelion is both a food and an herb. It is very nourishing and has many healing properties. I use it not only as parrot food, but for many other things. For example when I have a wound I simmer a leaf for a while and put it on the wound. It takes the pain away almost immediately and speeds up the healing.

 You can find more detailed information about these two herbs and many other in my book “What Happened to my Peanuts”.


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