In the 3rd part of the series of articles about food plants for budgies, it is about a well-known, Italian kitchen herb, the basil.
Parts to feed
The entire plant can be offered to the birds for consumption.
It is especially recommended for stomach upsets and parasites inside the bird.
It is commercially available all year round and can also be sown outdoors from May (please only buy organic plants in the supermarket).
Please note that basil is primarily a medicinal herb and its ingredients are highly concentrated. In large quantities, basil can quickly become unhealthy.
Feel free to make a tea from the ingredients if your birds tend to avoid green fodder.
Ingredients and effects on birds
Basil contains essential oils, flavonoids, beta-carotene, tannins and various vitamins.
Basil has antibacterial, antiviral, digestive and helps in particular against parasites.
Due to the essential oils, basil may only be offered in small quantities.
vailable in stores all year round, outdoor sowing possible from May
Franzis Budgie World
Guest author of this series of articles on forage plants