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Parrot Safe Herbs
I was searching this morning for information on fresh herbs that are safe (and good) for parrots.
The only "lists" I was able to find were on Quaker Parrot and Cockatiel forums. Would the same herbs be safe for AGs as well?
Specifically I am looking for information on Rosemary. I have a huge bush of it near my garden gate and I know it has never been treated with any sort of pesticide. I *thought* I had seen a picture somewhere with a grey eating a fresh sprig of it. I just want to make sure it is 100% safe and good for Dayo before I give it to him.
Thanks in advance
The following link has a sald made of herbs you might want to try:
The following is some information I found on another forum site:
Alfalfa Leaf helps assimilate protein, calcium andother nutrients. Contains chlorophyll. Richest land source of trace minerals.Very rich supply of Beta Carotene, Vitamins K and D. High in Calcium andcontains Phosphorus, Iron, Potassium and eight essential enzymes. It is alsohigh in fructo-oligosaccarides which fertilize healthy bacteria in the gut andneutralize bad bacteria overgrowth such as Candida.
Parsley is used as a preventive herb. High in VitaminB and Potassium. It is said to contain a substance in which cancer cells cannotmultiply. Rich in iron, chlorophyll and Vitamins A and C. Contains sodium,copper, thiamin and riboflavin, silicon, sulfur, calcium and cobalt.
Flaxseed supplies the body with essential fattyacids. Not only are flaxseeds richer inthese fatty acids than fish oil, but they also taste much better. Flaxseed alsopromotes strong nails, bones and healthy skin.
Bee Pollen contains 35% Protein, 55% Carbohydrate, 2%Fatty Acids, 3% Minerals and Vitamins. High in B-Complex Vitamins A, C, D andE. Also contains Lecithin, Beta Carotene and Selenium. It is rich in vitaminsand contains almost all known minerals, trace elements, enzymes and aminoacids. It contains the essence of every plant from which bees collect pollen incombination with digestive enzymes from the bees. This combination of elementsmake bee pollen an excellent source of antioxidants. Bee pollen is rapidlyabsorbed into the blood stream and stimulates immunological responses.
Chickweed contains Vitamins A, C and some B,Flavonoids, Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. It is used for skinproblems, to treat blood disorders, gout and arthritis.
Dandelion Leaf benefits liver function. Containsnutritive salts, protein, and is a rich source of Vitamin A. Also high inVitamins B, C and E. Rich in Potassium, Calcium and sodium. Contains somePhosphorus and Iron as well as Nickel, Cobalt, Tin and Copper.
Red Clover Blossoms and Leaf contain Vitamins A, C,B-Complex, calcium, Chromium, Iron and Magnesium. Ed Clover has also been usedeffectively as a blood purifier and antibiotic.
Red Raspberry Leaf contains Vitamins A, C, D, E, andB. It is very high in available Calcium.
Rose Hips is abundant in Vitamin C and helps combatstress.
Milk Thistle Seeds supports the liver's ability tomaintain normal liver function. Milk thistle works due to its ability toinhibit the factors responsible for liver damage, coupled with the fact itstimulates production of new liver cells to replace old damaged ones. Milkthistle is also an antioxidant that is more potent than Vitamins C and E.
Barley Grass is rich in Beta Carotene, B Vitamins andVitamin C, the minerals Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium,Chlorophyll, 8 essential amino acids and enzymes, including antioxidant andsuperoxide dismutase. In total, it contains 92 minerals and 22 vitamins.
Dill Weed is high in Calcium and soothing to digestion.
Dulse is rich in Protein. It contains 22% more thanchickpeas, almonds or whole sesame seeds. Very high in Vitamins B6 and B12.Relatively low in sodium and high in Potassium. Rich in trace minerals.
Garlic Powder fights bacteria like an antibiotic.Garlic's sulfur compounds, in addition to Selenium and Vitamins A and Ccontaining compounds, make it a potent antioxidant, protecting cell membranesand DNA from damage and disease. Garlic directly attacks bacteria and virusesand stimulates the bodies natural defenses against foreign invaders.
Ginger Powder is an absolute favorite taste ofparrots. It is an excellent herb for the respiratory system as well as aneffective cleansing agent for the digestive system. It contains Protein,Vitamins A, C and B Complex, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Sodium, Potassium andMagnesium.
Wheat grass contains too many nutrients to mentionthem all. It is especially high in Fiber, Protein, Chlorophyll, Beta-Carotene,Vitamin B Complex, C, E and K, most minerals and contains 18 Amino Acids. Highin Fructo-Oligosaccharides.
Chili Flakes is a digestive aid. This flake acts asan anti-inflammatory agent and aids in controlling pain.
Cinnamon is a favorite taste of parrots. It is adigestive aid and recent studies have shown it may help to eliminate E. Coli infood.
Turmeric Root has five times more antioxidant powerthan Vitamin E. Contains curcumin and many other phytochemicals. Makes foodsmore digestible and possesses anti-fungal and antibacterial properties andprotects the liver by detoxification and scavenging free radicals. It alsobreaks down fats.
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Thanks for telling this and this is really a great information on parrots herbs and i was looking for such information that i got here.
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You can use the herbs but if you feel that this could cause any side effect to you pet than you have to consult about this with your vet.
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I have a lot of rose bushes and give both my sun conure and Cag rose hips right off the bush - they love chewing through them and eating out the kernals. I thought I did read somewhere that parsley is not good for them - but not sure. They also get a sprinkle of flax seed in their soak and cook. CJ eats it but I've yet to see Zen tackle such a tiny seed.