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Wild teasels (Dipsacus fullonum)
are fairly impressive plants. They are up to 1,5 or 2 metres tall. Habitats such
as pasture, road sides, stream banks or even scree slopes are places where
you can find the wild teasel. It flowers from July to August. Another common
name of this species is Fuller's teasel. Half-ripe and ripe seeds can be
found in nature from August to October. Many pet birds, e.g. finches, love
to eat these seeds. Parrots like budgies have to get used to this kind of
food from nature first. So just keep on trying if your birds don't eat the
Attention: These plants protect their seeds with long hard pricks. Before serving teasels to your birds, you should shorten those pricks and cut the seedheads into two or more pieces.
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