I got a pot of what is supposed to be 80% rape and 20% water cress. The last pot of water cress I put in the cage my budgies absolutely loved. It looks like grass so I thought it might make for a nice change.
I'm not sure about rapeseed though. There's a lot of conflicting information as always with some people claiming it's highly toxic not just to budgies but also humans and some people saying it's very nutritious for budgies?
Sigh..any ideas? I think water cress is fine but what about rape seeds and the rest of the rape plant?
I just can't find any information about this except that the rape seeds themselves are offered as part of some budgie seed mixtures but I guess I can't assume that this means that the grass/plant is safe as well, right?
Also, rapeseed is supposed to be high in fat.
Does anyone know more?
Last edited by FaeryBee; 06-03-2015 at 10:54 AM.
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The way I understand it, rape and rape seed is actually only potentially toxic if given in large quantities. If your bird is only getting small, infrequent amounts there shouldn't be any toxicity risk at all.
As for zucchini, those rare specimen that can be toxic )because the plant has randomly produced cucurbitacin) would taste bitter and have a bad smell. In other words: if it smells foul or tastes horrible to you, don't give it to your bird
Thanks a lot. I'm really relieved that I can still offer zucchini as long as they appear to be fresh and I might offer them little amounts once a week of that water cress + rape seed pot, mainly because they seemed to enjoy playing with it.
Well, this is my reading of this article but I am no expert. Maybe some other members would have more info. About the courgettes, a high level of cucurbitacin in the vegetable would not make it look unusual but the taste would be the giveaway - I am guessing that your birds would not go near it after having their first nibble but if you wanted to be extra sure you could try a nibble yourself before you give it.