04-09-2020, 11:53 PM
Join Date: Aug 2013
Parrotlets Owned: one
Experience: Parrotlet Owner
~~~Great Foraging Foods For Your Parrotlets~~~
As I read more and more about the world concerning our wonderful parrotlets, the more I want to have another one own me!
Here's some information that I ran across. I already was familiar with some of the info, but it is nice to refresh my feeble brain.
Do you want to have something around the home that would not only help your p'lett feel better, but let him/her have some fun?
Here are some things that are simple to grow or buy for your lovey. If you grow herbs at home, do not use pesticides or herbicides.
Cilantro--Easy to grow. It is a herb and the entire plant is edible as far as your bird is concerned, including the flowers. We hoo'mans eat cilantro in salads and in salsa. We use the seeds for a spice. The seeds are called Coriander. Great for cooking.
Cilantro has antioxidants-Vitamin C, beta-carotine ( a precursor to Vitamin A) , and several B vitamins.
Millet--There are 3,000 types of millet. You can buy millet or you can grow millet from seeds. The entire plant is nutritional and edible, including the flowers. The seeds DO NOT have to be dried! They can be ripe and green! I grew some German millet and my budgies and p'letts loved it! You can eat it, too! Millet is loaded with iron, calcium and magnesium! It is really good for young birdies!
Citrus trees--, limbs, leaves, bark. Any part of the citrus tree is edible, including the fruit and flowers! The bird will pull off the petals of the flower to get to the sweet part. Vitamin C is the benefit.
Broccoli-- The floret and the stalk is an excellent food for your birdie. The stalk is crunchy and sweet to the bird. Broccoli is loaded with iron, vitamins C and K.
Parsley, cauliflower, basil, and sage are excellent! The entire plant can be eaten!
Apple ( except the seeds and core area. The seeds have natural arsenic in them and the core is slightly saturated with arsenic), pear, apricot, peach ( not the pit), weeping willow limbs, bark, leaves, and almonds, are nutritious. You can have the fruit dried, even the willow parts.
You can take limbs, etc., and place them on ladders, between the bars of the cage, or just hang them from a string.
I grew Lemon Grass one time and made it real thick. I wet it down once it was 4 inches tall and Bogie, my parrotlet, would walk all through the wet grass and take a bath while eating the grass.
Your bird will enjoy these treats. Have fun growing them all year long!
David and Vicki