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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-11-2014, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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You're going to want one, too!

Don't you hate it when you see the most amazing thing on Pinterest, but then when you click it, the link is null?
So do I!

It's ok, though, because we can figure out how to do this, right? Totally we can. Click url for image of a plant basket/perch to keep a bird's interest while he/she is being weighed.
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I can make the bucket, and I know which plants NOT to use (thanks for the list, Abby!) but any suggestions on which plants a parrot (Caique, specifically) might really enjoy?

I have read that Caiques love wet leaves. Birdchannel.com suggested something called a leaf bath. Which, ok, I can picture that, I suppose. So, I've decided that I'll start a little garden on my back porch. I hate gardening, though, so I want to be sure I at least am getting the best, most leaftastic plants.

Any recommendations?

ps. if you know what a "leaf bath" really is, can you describe it for me? Perhaps in haiku format?
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Could you perhaps grow water cress? It is super easy. Even I can do it

And as for the leaf bath, I think they mean getting a plate or shallow bowl and filling it with leaves. Spray it with some water so the leaves are wet. My birds go NUTS for it. I use spinach and curly kale mostly when I give them one

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Curly piece of kale
Misted lightly with water
Watch your bird go nuts.

Boom, fail haiku. But for veggies, maybe try wheat grass? Got seeds from the local nursery and threw it in a planter, grew like crazy. The birds loved it, and its considered a 'superfood'. Another thing I would suggest is trying rosemary with whatever veggies you decide on. I crushed up a bit (smells amazing too) in their food dishes and within a week or so, the plants had been stripped by my anti-veggie 'tiels.



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Curly piece of kale
Misted lightly with water
Watch your bird go nuts.
Haiku, ftw! 50 points to Gryffendor!

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But for veggies, maybe try wheat grass?
Ok. I have heard of wheat. I have heard of grass. Please don't judge, but I am not so sure what wheatgrass is. I looked it up and found a fun blog of more diy goodness, but even here I am not so sure.

Nevertheless! I am not giving up! Mostly because this forum seems so helpful and informed. Thanks! It's still going to be a few months before I can afford my little Caique pal, so maybe bean sprouting will be my mini-hobby, in the meantime. I think I will make this, as well!

Little sprout, I think,
Or ground up for my bread.
Is it wheat, or grass?

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I am going to assume. 'Leaf Bath' is exactly that. Leafs moistened. misted then placed in the cage.
I know Loris Like to roll around in fresh wet leafs.
This could be just plain lettuce leaf. Hydrangea will also work.
Not too sure about what will turn on a Caique that it will go for.


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I figured out what wheatgrass is!

All right! I have spent the last 12 hours researching all the methods of sprouting seeds and beans (thank heaven for youtube!)

I'll admit I got a little side-tracked into aeroponics and indoor herb gardens, but I think I've ended up with an understanding of something that I can 1) Consider a "leaf bath" (ok, not really leaves at all) and 2) Place in a basket/perch for purposes of weighing my bird, and best of all, 3) Actually do on a regular basis because it is basically "put water in a bin and wait a few days."

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Please remember, I currently have no bird, and no garden, so this is the perfect time to point out all the things I am doing wrong/the hard way.
Also, if it helps, you can be reassured that I work from home and will not go broke for spending 12 hours a day surfing youtube and pinterest.

So, yes. It's grass. It's edible grass, but do I really want my bird eating his bath...grass? Maybe I've gotten a little lost, around hour 8. Would a parrot love to forage/frolic in this sort of field? On a smaller scale, obviously. I am totally cool with throwing out the breakfast carpet after playtime. I do still want the bird to be light enough to sit on my shoulder! I haven't got the skills yet for actual herb gardening, this is something I can handle.

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Is it wheat, or grass?
ps. I seriously didn't know that those grains (wheat!) sprouted into grass! Also I am totally going to try to sprout the birdseed from the store, now. Doesn't matter that I don't have a bird yet, this science stuff is finally interesting!

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The quality of the seed is most important and make sure it is not treated.
As seeds age they become less viable.
Don't forget! Smell, feel, and taste. You need to get to know when they are not right. Any doubt, throw them away.


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