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Everybody knows the dandelion
(Taraxacum officinale). But most people do not know that the
leafs of this common plant are a delicacy for budgies
and other pet birds. They all prefer young and fresh sprouts because
they taste very mild. If you offer dandelion to your birds for the first
time, please do not give them too much of this forage plant at once.
The milky juice inside of the leafs leads to diarrhoea in the beginning,
but you don't have to worry about that if it stops after a short while.
As soon as the digestive tract of the budgies got used to the
juice you can offer bigger portions of dandelion leafs.
Fresh dandelion can be picked from March to November. You should also try if your birds like to eat dandelion that was frozen before being served. If they do so, you can freeze some dandelion for the winter season.
Importance in naturopathy
Please do never use dandelion as the only medicament. A sick budgie must be brought to a vet as soon as possible because its life depends on an efficient medical treatment!
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