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List of Herbs & the benefits for our feathered friends..
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18-12-2010 1:39 PM

    i've been asked to post a list of the herbs & their benefits, that i use for my flock .. The list is already on the forum somewhere but it was added as a response to a question . This time thought i'd do a post especially for the list! i use about 95% of the items on here sprinkled in to my flocks seed mix on a daily basis.

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    • Alfalfa Powder helps assimilate protein, calcium and other nutrients. Contains chlorophyll. Richest land source of trace minerals. Very rich supply of Beta Carotene, Vitamins K and D. High in Calcium and contains Phosphorus, Iron, Potassium and eight essential enzymes. It is also high in fructo-oligosaccarides which fertilize healthy bacteria in the gut and neutralize bad bacteria overgrowth such as Candida.
    • Parsley is used as a preventive herb. High in Vitamin B and Potassium. It is said to contain a substance in which cancer cells cannot multiply. Rich in iron, chlorophyll and Vitamins A and C. Contains sodium, copper, thiamin and riboflavin, silicon, sulfur, calcium and cobalt. 
    • Flaxseed supplies the body with essential fatty acids.  Not only are flaxseeds richer in these fatty acids than fish oil, but they also taste much better. Flaxseed also promotes strong nails, bones and healthy skin.
    • Bee Pollen contains 35% Protein, 55% Carbohydrate, 2% Fatty Acids, 3% Minerals and Vitamins. High in B-Complex Vitamins A, C, D and E. Also contains Lecithin, Beta Carotene and Selenium. It is rich in vitamins and contains almost all known minerals, trace elements, enzymes and amino acids. It contains the essence of every plant from which bees collect pollen in combination with digestive enzymes from the bees. This combination of elements make bee pollen an excellent source of antioxidants. Bee pollen is rapidly absorbed into the blood stream and stimulates immunological responses.
    • Chickweed contains Vitamins A, C and some B, Flavonoids, Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. It is used for skin problems, to treat blood disorders, gout and arthritis.
    • Dandelion Leaf benefits liver function. Contains nutritive salts, protein, and is a rich source of Vitamin A. Also high in Vitamins B, C and E. Rich in Potassium, Calcium and sodium. Contains some Phosphorus and Iron as well as Nickel, Cobalt, Tin and Copper.
    • Red Clover Blossoms and Leaf contain Vitamins A, C, B-Complex, calcium, Chromium, Iron and Magnesium. Ed Clover has also been used effectively as a blood purifier and antibiotic.
    • Red Raspberry Leaf contains Vitamins A, C, D, E, and B. It is very high in available Calcium. 
    • Rose Hips is abundant in Vitamin C and helps combat stress.
    • Milk Thistle Seeds supports the liver's ability to maintain normal liver function. Milk thistle works due to its ability to inhibit the factors responsible for liver damage, coupled with the fact it stimulates production of new liver cells to replace old damaged ones. Milk thistle is also an antioxidant that is more potent than Vitamins C and E. 
    • Barley Grass is rich in Beta Carotene, B Vitamins and Vitamin C, the minerals Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Chlorophyll, 8 essential amino acids and enzymes, including antioxidant and superoxide dismutase. In total, it contains 92 minerals and 22 vitamins.
    • Dill Weed is high in Calcium and soothing to digestion.
    • Dulse is rich in Protein. It contains 22% more than chickpeas, almonds or whole sesame seeds. Very high in Vitamins B6 and B12. Relatively low in sodium and high in Potassium. Rich in trace minerals.
    • Garlic Powder fights bacteria like an antibiotic. Garlic's sulfur compounds, in addition to Selenium and Vitamins A and C containing compounds, make it a potent antioxidant, protecting cell membranes and DNA from damage and disease. Garlic directly attacks bacteria and viruses and stimulates the bodies natural defenses against foreign invaders.
    • Ginger Powder is an absolute favorite taste of parrots. It is an excellent herb for the respiratory system as well as an effective cleansing agent for the digestive system. It contains Protein, Vitamins A, C and B Complex, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Sodium, Potassium and Magnesium.
    • Wheat Grass contains too many nutrients to mention them all. It is especially high in Fiber, Protein, Chlorophyll, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin B Complex, C, E and K, most minerals and contains 18 Amino Acids. High in Fructo-Oligosaccharides. 
    • Astragalus Powder is an immunomodulator. It contains Glycosides, Polysaccharides, Choline, Betaine, Rumatakenin, and Beta-Sitosterol. It activates the immune system, thus enhancing the body's natural ability to fight disease and protecting the body against a number of toxins.
    • Chili Flakes is a digestive aid. This flake acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and aids in controlling pain.
    • Cinnamon is a favorite taste of parrots. It is a digestive aid and recent studies have shown it may help to eliminate E. Coli in food.
    • Turmeric Root has five times more antioxidant power than Vitamin E. Contains curcumin and many other phytochemicals. Makes foods more digestible and possesses anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and protects the liver by detoxification and scavenging free radicals. It also breaks down fats.

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    19-12-2010 12:14 AM
    Thanks Shaz.
    Which one or combination have you used on your badly plucked birds??
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    19-12-2010 7:35 AM
    Shaz,where do you get all these products from? Holland and Barrat and regular food stores such as Sainsburys or off the internet from a specialist? Can you also give a guide as to how much of each product to use,do you mix a batch up or does it have to made fresh each day?
    Thanks Laura
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    19-12-2010 12:02 PM

    shaz i need a good item with vit a and e what would you recomend for a cockatiel please 

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    19-12-2010 12:54 PM
    Turmeric root sounds a good idea esp as it has antifungal properties. Since Nim had his beak mishap the other week he has been on antifungal medication from the vet as has a slight bout of it in corner of his beak. So question Shaz is where do you get it from and how much to use?
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    19-12-2010 2:10 PM
    Looks like we'd like a little more info Shaz.Your methods are always interesting so can we have some quantities and where to get these products so that we can offer our birds the same natural remedies you offer yours with such great success. The list you have put up on the forum is so comprehensive but without quantities I for one can't actually use it to help any birds I have... Please post again Shaz
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    20-12-2010 12:56 AM

    Oh my gosh... Sorry everybody, weekends are busy busy busy so haven't been on the forum! Not got time atm but as soon as the flock are all sorted & settled i will sit and do another post and answer questions...

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    31-12-2010 1:41 AM
    Shaz, I have bumped this back onto the forum in the hope that next time you are looking at the messages you will answer our questions.Without more information none of us can actually use the list you posted,and I for one would be very interested. It is always better to use natural products to help our birds become healthy and then stay healthy. Please post the additional information. Thanks Laura
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    30-01-2011 1:48 AM
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    09-03-2011 4:06 AM

    Sorry  Just been SO busy with the flock & haven;t been on here for a good while. Ok first off can i just say these herbs are NOT a miracle cure... but the birds health does improve over time with these added to the food. My flock have been having most of this list added to their seed mix for at least 2 years and they are all healthy, playful, bossy and at times very loud . I actually discovered the use of these herbs whilst searching for a healthy natural wholesome seed diet, however the only  one i could find was in USA, so i searched the ingredient list and all of the above are added to their mix.

    For the flock i have 2 plastic storage boxes with the clip on lids ( 12x8x8) and i make up enough mix for a week. To the seed ( tidymix & Avian Specific) i add a heaped tablespoon of each powdered herb, and a good dollop of walnut oil or similar to help it all stick to the seed. i then do my witches routine and mix the whole lot up . Bear in mind this is  for a flock of 30 CAGs & an Ammy

    The list does say what the main benefits of each herb is, and what i tend to do as well as the main mix is i add a sprinkle extra on top of certain birds food, for example Sidney Ammy has bad arthritis so i add extra chickweed to his seed. Mercs has damage from Aspergillosis so he has extra Tumeric in his etc. The other important  is the astragalus which activates the immune system.

    Some seed mixes do have milk thistle seed added but i find a lot of birds wont touch them as they are tiny, i actually dose my flock with MT liquid once or twice weekly in their water. ( 2 to 8 drops each daily depending on size of bird) As i use tuidymix i don't add extra garlic powder although occasionally i will use garlic oil to the mix..

    i buy all of my stuff direct from a company called Redmoor ( tumeric etc) and the chickweed, astragalus, rosehip etc from ebay seller geordie256          cgi.ebay.co.uk/100g-Chickweed-Powde...0704993588

    Hope this helps,. Sorry again for the long delay and as i said these aren't miracle sures but over time a noticable difference will be seen to your birds health.

    shaz

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    09-03-2011 11:33 AM
    I can confirm that Shaz's flock are all happy, healthy and VERY noisy I was visiting yesterday and they are all in fine feather (and voice!)
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    09-03-2011 11:55 AM
    Jealous of Essex, I wanna visit Jakey!!
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    09-03-2011 11:59 AM
    Vicky you would not believe Jakey now! She is so agile and active and thinks nothing of destroying Shaz's picture frames. Her 'special' leg helps her to get up to all sorts of acrobatics You're right to be jealous lol.
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    10-03-2011 4:52 AM
    UNFAIR Mrs Williams LOL

    Jakey was always gpoing to thrive with Shaz and I feel honoured to have helped her get there. Some birds will never ever be forgotten even though we deal with soooo many and she is one, so lovely despite her disability. Truly stunning!!

    Would so love to see her again one day.

    Will have to ask nicely and see whether Shaz will give me a 'human appointment'. LOL
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    10-03-2011 11:14 AM

    I'm sure you will be offered a 'human appointment', particularly if you arrive prepared to clean cages lol! Seriously, Jakey is so strong and more 'normal' than many of the less disabled companions. She absolutely adores Shaz - quite rightly so.

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    10-03-2011 12:06 PM
    Vicki of course you can visit LOL. espeecially if you visit is it Wolverhampton? i dont think its that far from there to me..
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    10-03-2011 12:17 PM
    woohoo, gonna take you up on that offer Shaz and I'm going to see Jakey. ner ner ner ner ner Mrs williams LOL
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    10-03-2011 12:54 PM
    If we can plan it right, I might meet you there - if Shaz thinks she can put up with both of us at once lol
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    11-03-2011 2:04 PM
    I like that plan Helen.

    Can we get year end out of the way and then I'll PM you to see when looks good!! I'm all excited!!
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    11-03-2011 2:11 PM
    Certainly can - I have loads of work stuff to do for the end of the financial year too
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    12-03-2011 5:03 AM

    OMG i will have to clean the house AGAIN this year , Vicki i hope you realise that Auntie Helen spoils the flock and ALWAYS comes with bags of goodies for them LOLOLOL so now any visitors they expect them to bring them something and do NOT wear flimsy shoes or someone will attack your feet!!

     

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    12-03-2011 8:09 AM
    Now, tell the truth, Sidney, Charles and Tuppy will attack anyone's feet regardless. The need for 'sensible shoes' is so that you don't need a foot surgeon afterwards lol.

    Oh, and I'm afraid I do have a bit of a bad habit of arriving with some sort of treats, even if it is only forage boxes of paper and cardboard. Charles can't wait till the bags are brought in from the hall before unpacking them!!
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    01-05-2011 10:39 AM

     Awesome list and info, Shaz, thank you.  How ever did you learn this stuff?

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    12-05-2011 5:04 AM
    Shaz can you help me find milk thistle i looked all over the place all i can find is the stuff with alcohol in or tablets would like to get it off the internet ????
    I may be mad but i am happy xxx
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    12-05-2011 5:18 AM
    Spookily enough, Laura told me just yesterday about milkthistle and recommended Holland and Barrett to get it. Found some here, maybe this can help you?

    http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/categories.asp?cid=35&searchterm=milk%20thistle&rdcnt=1
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    12-05-2011 8:27 AM
    Natures Answer products are the best.. guaranteed holistically balanced and alcohol free

    http://www.thinknatural.com/products/112108/Natures-Answer-Alcohol-Free-Milk-Thistle-Drops-30ml.htm
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    12-05-2011 12:15 PM
    Hi Shaz how many drops would use for Ammie please

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    12-05-2011 1:40 PM

     Should have done this before  Hopeless me 

    As a detox/.... 

    OK.. Budgie size up to conure (ish)  1 to 4 drops per day in water.

    Ammy, Greys, LSC size 4 to 6 drops daily

    MSC/ U2/ macaw size 6 to 9 drops daily 

    To be given for 5 to 6 weeks 

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    12-05-2011 11:04 PM
    Thank you

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