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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

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Default Too much basil?

Is there such a thing as too much basil for my birds.

I have a current mother bird who LOVES eating basil. She also devoured about half a leaf of kale today...

But is there a certain limit I should put on how much basil she's eating?




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I am pretty confident basil is fine , Budget also loves Basil and will devour it as I am placing it in his dish, parsley has to be given scarcely as it inhibits calcium uptake. I also love how they smell after eating basil LOL.
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I am pretty confident basil is fine , Budget also loves Basil and will devour it as I am placing it in his dish, parsley has to be given scarcely as it inhibits calcium uptake. I also love how they smell after eating basil LOL.
Yeah, she smells like basil now... and will eat as much as I will give her.
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Basil is fine for budgies and my birds love it too.

However, one resource indicates that the essential oils in aromatic herbs may irritate the mucosa in the crop and digestive tract if fed in excess.

Perhaps you might want to only give her basil a couple times a week instead of every day.
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Basil is fine for budgies and my birds love it too.

However, one resource indicates that the essential oils in aromatic herbs may irritate the mucosa in the crop and digestive tract if fed in excess.

Perhaps you might want to only give her basil a couple times a week instead of every day.
I saw that too.. but Basil wasn't one of the ones that was listed as being an "aromatic herb"
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I have never fed mine basil but I'm going to give it a try. It sound's like basil can be fed pretty regular, but the only thing's I feed my bird's daily are their pellet's, and seed. I rotate veggies, eggfood, and sometimes sprout's through the rest of the week...
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