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So, as I was walking through my yard looking for weeds to feed to the flock, I decided, what weeds CAN I feed them? So I decided to make a list along with descriptions and pics of each plant! I watched a video, made a list, and looked each up one by one! Out of a list of twelve only five came out correct! Some of them didn't not have a lot of info on them, and some were listed as toxic so I decided not to include them! I will post the original list though!:D

Original List:

Winter Grass
Rye Grass
Shepherds Purse
Banded Clover
Yellow Flowering Daisy
Chickweed
Power Grass
Buffalo
Dandelion
Milk Thistle Plant
Medic Plant
Perennial Rye Grass

Always take from areas or soil that has not been sprayed with pesticide for at least a year. Wherever you take them from, be sure to wash them well with water.

You may serve any part of the following plants, including roots and even a bit of untreated soil!



Winter Grass

Winter grass has many names according to different regions. Three of these are winter grass, walk grass, and annual bluegrass. Its scientific name is Poa Annua. This plant can be found in all of the U.S and Greenland, and most of Canada. This is a invasive plant, and many may not want it lying in their yards, but birdie owners can put it to use! You can even start growing a little patch of winter grass! This is a favorite in many pet birds.


Shepherds Purse

Shepherds purse may look a little like dandelion. Its scientific name is Capsella bursa. Shepherds purse is part of the mustard family, and is native to Asia minor and Europe. Thought it is native only to Europe and Asia Minor, it is a common weed thought the world. It's prefers to live to live in colder climates. It is also found in North Africa, North America, China, and the Mediterranean. Unusual to flowering plants, this plant flowers all year long. The leaves of Shepherds Purse can supply a bird with vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, and some protein.


Perennial Rye Grass


The scientific name of Perennial Rye Grass is Lolium perenne. It is also known as the English Rye Grass. It is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, but it has spread all over the world. Cockatiels prefer half ripe seeds, so the greenest plants are fine. My birds personally like to chew the stem open and eat out the insides.

Chickweed

This plant has always been given to birds kept in captivity. There are many kinds, and the most common one is Stellaria chickweed, so that's the one I will explain about. It's scientific name is Stellaria media. It is a annual plant that is native to Europe. Chickens like to eat it, thus giving it it's name. The leaves of Chickweed are a by good source of vitamin A, B, C, and D. It's also a good source of calcium, potassium, zinc, copper, and iron. Zinc in organic plants is not toxic! Only zinc in metals is deadly.


Dandelion

Dandelion, a common plant that everyone recognizes, has the scientific name of Taraxacum officinale. It is native to Eurasia and North America, but has spread all over the world. Birds like cockatiels can eat any part of it. When you first offer dandelion to your bird she might have diarrhea but that's normal, her poo will return to normal after a while. You can also offer it with soil that's still attached to the roots of dandelion.


Purslane

The scientific name of Purslane is Portulaca oleracea. It is also known as Pigweed, little Hogweed, Pusley, and Verdolaga. It can grow up to 40 cm high. It is considered a exotic weed in the New World, and considered a invasive weed. It contains taproots, and is able to survive poor and/or compact soil. It can also survive droughts. Depending on the amount of rain fall flowers of purslane can bloom during any time of the year. Purslane first originated in India. Purslane is rich in vitamins A and C. It also contains riboflavin, calcium, iron, potassium, and manganese.





Sources:

http://www.indmowing.com.au/images/business/markpaisley/poa_annua1.jpg
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=POAN
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Shepherd's Purse.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsella_bursa-pastoris
http://www.birds-online.de/nahrung/wildgraeser/deutweidelgras_en.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolium_perenne
http://www.americansingercanary.com/chickweed.htm
http://middlepath.com.au/plant/Chickweed_Stellaria-media_Caryophyllaceae.php
http://www.birds-online.de/nahrung/gruenfutter/loewenzahn_en.htm
http://piperbasenji.blogspot.com/2011/05/dandelions.html
http://www.ehow.com/facts_6724171_milk-thistle-birds.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulaca_oleracea
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Purslane.html
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/purslane.html
http://www.worldcrops.org/crops/Verdolaga.cfm

The video:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vHoRLKFmhqU
 

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Great info :)

Sadly Dandelion does not grow in Florida :( It is an excellent green to give birds. It is rich in Vit. A (carotenoids), B, C and D. It contains the minerals Calcium and Potassium. The root provides a cleansing action to the liver and stimulates bile production. It is one of the most effective detoxifying herbs working principally on the liver and gallbladder to help remove waste products from the body. It is also a stimulant for the kidneys to remove toxins in the urine.

Since many of these plants may be seasonal, towards the end of the season they can be gathered and hung to dry or processed in a food dehydrator to offer during the months when they are unavailable.
 

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Very good post Budgiegirl14:D I gave mine dandelion leaves before and they loved them!

Just one thought though is that anybody who is picking wild plants to feed their tiels needs to be cautious about pesticides or herbicides, make sure your not feeding them plants that have been sprayed with something, and always wash plants before feeding them to your birds.

Here is a good veggie wash Srtiels recommended from the Dr.Oz show,
Mix the following in a bowl:
1 Cup Water
1 Cup White Vinegar
1 TBS Baking Soda
1/2 Lemon

Mix together and put in a spray bottle.
Spray foods with mixture, let sit 5 minutes and rinse. Store the mixture in the fridge between uses.
 

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Yes....you can also feed the dandelions to your budgies.

BudgieGirl14.....you might want to research Purslane, in the wild form it is a weed and is nutritious.

We are also going to make this a sticky thread so that it is available for future reference :)
 

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Dandelion greens are good for you too, btw. Here in Illinois dandelions and pigweed are usually in abundance. This year's drought isn't allowing anything to grow. I have seen these really neat (but somewhat pricey)indoor herb gardens.
http://www.aerogarden.com/

but there are ways to do the same thing for less so that when weeds are out of season you can grow fresh herbs that are cockatiel friendly.

http://www.thisgardenisillegal.com/2008/10/how-to-make-an-aerogarden-counter-top-garden-for-under-10.html

http://voices.yahoo.com/build-own-counter-top-herb-garden-654772.html

I didn't read through the last 2 pages of comments so I hope I didn't repeat what had already had been posted.
 
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