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Some of the wildfoods which folks can give there birds.

I reckon theres nothing better you can give your birds as far as keeping them healthy and in condition, I,ll try my best to give times of year to collect, what part of plants to use and properties of each plant, some descriptions will have ??? as I am unfamiliar with these plants myself but there is some reference of people using these for there birds.Many references to properties and health benefits are from herbal medicine and there effects on human biology but imo will benefit birds in similar ways. Apart from the goodness gained from the plants themselves feeding these is a great way to keep your birds occupied,

Hopefully this will help some of the folks new to collecting wildfood,

cheers :thumbs:

 

coltsfoot - early spring - seeding heads - general tonic

220px-Coltsfoot.jpg

 

alder - Jan - April - catkins and seed cones - protein and oils

220px-Tagalder8139.jpg

 

dandelion - spring - whole plant, birds go mad for seed heads - high vit A, C, B6, iron, magnesium, one of the best conditioners/ tonics

220px-DandelionFlower.jpg

 

chickweed - spring - autumn, can grow all year round however - whole plant - similar properties to dandelion

220px-Kaldari_Stellaria_media_01.jpg

 

meadowsweet - summer - seeds although worth trying flowers ??? essential oils

220px-Filipendula-ulmaria.JPG

 

milkthistle - summer/ autumn - seedheads - anti inflammatory, antioxidant ( hangover cure :D )

220px-Milk_thistle_flowerhead.jpg

 

sowthistle - summer - whole plant - properties similar to dandelions

220px-Sow-thistle_2.jpg

 

 

groundsel - early spring - autumn although can grow all year, whole plant/ particularly seeding heads - general conditioner

220px-Common_Groundsel-first_fruits.jpg

 

mugwort - summer - seeds/ possibly leaves ??? - essential oils/ tonic

220px-ArtemisiaVulgaris.jpg

 

ragwort - summer to as late as November - seeding heads - funny one this, toxic to most animals, greatly enjoyed by finches - properties unsure ???

220px-Ragwort_and_caterpillars%2C_Crouch

 

dock - summer into winter - seeding heads - one of the best, thought to be a great conditioner for plumage, contains oils which are greatly beneficial, good oils though so birds don't become fat.

240px-Rumex-obtusifolius-foliage.JPG

 

burdock - late summer through winter - seeding heads - goldfinches are particularly adept getting at the seeds contained in the heads ( burrs ) - calcium, potassium, blood purifier ( powerful antioxidant ), anti inflammatory, fatty oils

220px-Burrs.png

 

plantain - summer/ autumn - seeding heads although young leaves may be worth a try ???as they have similar properties to dandelion

220px-Ribwort_600.jpg

 

ash keys - spring - buds enjoyed by bullys - keys hang from tree in winter, unsure which birds feed on these but most likely bullys - properties ???

200px-Fraxinus_excelsior_4560.jpg

 

rowan - autumn ( winter has begun when the waxwings have ate the last of the rowan berries ) - for softbills mostly, possibly bullys - high vit C

220px-Rowanberries_in_late_August_2004_i

 

knapweed - summer - seedheads although worth trying flowers as they are high in nectar - general conditioner

220px-Centaurea_nigra-floro.jpg

 

goatsbeard - summer - seedheads although flowers are high in nectar so maybe worth trying - general conditioner/ healing properties/ preventative

220px-Aruncus_dioicus_15105.JPG

 

shephards purse - summer - seedheads - properties unsure ??? healing properties

220px-Capsella_bursa-pastoris.JPG

 

evening primrose - summer - seeds although young leaves worth a try - essential oils/ acids

220px-Floare_galbena_bgiu.jpg

 

fat-hen - summer - seeds - protein, vit A, calcium, phosphorus, potassium

220px-Melganzenvoet_bloeiwijze_Chenopodi

 

teasel - autumn winter - seedheads - highly nutritious, anti inflammatory

220px-Dipsacus_fullonum1.jpg

 

weld - summer/ autumn - a bit obscure this one but probably seed heads and may be worth trying flowers ( high nectar content ) , good reference to be used for enhancing plumage colour ( yellows/ greens ) when fed to birds

220px-Reseda_luteola_%28Flowers%29.jpg

 

herb robert - all summer - unfamiliar with this one but reference to bullfinches will eat the buds flowers and stems, also other finches enjoy these ??? essential oils, boosts immune system, preventative

220px-Herb-Robert_800.jpg

 

blackberries - autumn - superfood, antioxidant, high vit c, omega 3, essential fats etc etc

200px-Black_Butte_blackberry.jpg

 

rosehips - late summer/ autumn - antioxidant, vit c, vit a, vit b, fatty acids

220px-Rosa_rubiginosa_hips.jpg

 

pyracantha - late autumn/ winter - highly nutritious, birds known to get drunk eating berries

220px-Red_pommes_of_Firethorn_%28Pyracan

 

cotoneaster - late autumn/ winter- highly nutritious

220px-Cotoneaster_frigidus.jpg

 

white campion - summer/ early autumn - seeds - similar nutritional value to chickweed

220px-White_campion_close_700.jpg

 

red ( pink ) campion - as above

220px-Red_campion_close_700.jpg

 

charlock ( wild mustard ) summer - seed pods - properties ???

220px-Herik_17-10-2005_13.59.40.JPG

 

hawksbeard - summer - a bit obscure this one - very similar to dandelion so may have similar benefits ???

220px-Crepis_sibirica0.jpg

 

elderberry - late autumn/ winter - berries but worth trying flowers - highly nutritious, high vit c, vit a, vit b, antioxidant

220px-Sambucus-berries.jpg

 

persicaria - a bit obscure - most probably seedheads - properties ???

220px-Polygonum_lapathifolium3.jpg

 

if anyone has any more please share :thumbs:

An excellent informative and well put together article. A must for all bird lovers and enthusiasts. (Very good and so interesting)!

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Some of the wildfoods which folks can give there birds.

I reckon theres nothing better you can give your birds as far as keeping them healthy and in condition, I,ll try my best to give times of year to collect, what part of plants to use and properties of each plant, some descriptions will have ??? as I am unfamiliar with these plants myself but there is some reference of people using these for there birds.Many references to properties and health benefits are from herbal medicine and there effects on human biology but imo will benefit birds in similar ways. Apart from the goodness gained from the plants themselves feeding these is a great way to keep your birds occupied,

Hopefully this will help some of the folks new to collecting wildfood,

cheers :thumbs:

 

coltsfoot - early spring - seeding heads - general tonic

220px-Coltsfoot.jpg

 

alder - Jan - April - catkins and seed cones - protein and oils

220px-Tagalder8139.jpg

 

dandelion - spring - whole plant, birds go mad for seed heads - high vit A, C, B6, iron, magnesium, one of the best conditioners/ tonics

220px-DandelionFlower.jpg

 

chickweed - spring - autumn, can grow all year round however - whole plant - similar properties to dandelion

220px-Kaldari_Stellaria_media_01.jpg

 

meadowsweet - summer - seeds although worth trying flowers ??? essential oils

220px-Filipendula-ulmaria.JPG

 

milkthistle - summer/ autumn - seedheads - anti inflammatory, antioxidant ( hangover cure :D )

220px-Milk_thistle_flowerhead.jpg

 

sowthistle - summer - whole plant - properties similar to dandelions

220px-Sow-thistle_2.jpg

 

 

groundsel - early spring - autumn although can grow all year, whole plant/ particularly seeding heads - general conditioner

220px-Common_Groundsel-first_fruits.jpg

 

mugwort - summer - seeds/ possibly leaves ??? - essential oils/ tonic

220px-ArtemisiaVulgaris.jpg

 

ragwort - summer to as late as November - seeding heads - funny one this, toxic to most animals, greatly enjoyed by finches - properties unsure ???

220px-Ragwort_and_caterpillars%2C_Crouch

 

dock - summer into winter - seeding heads - one of the best, thought to be a great conditioner for plumage, contains oils which are greatly beneficial, good oils though so birds don't become fat.

240px-Rumex-obtusifolius-foliage.JPG

 

burdock - late summer through winter - seeding heads - goldfinches are particularly adept getting at the seeds contained in the heads ( burrs ) - calcium, potassium, blood purifier ( powerful antioxidant ), anti inflammatory, fatty oils

220px-Burrs.png

 

plantain - summer/ autumn - seeding heads although young leaves may be worth a try ???as they have similar properties to dandelion

220px-Ribwort_600.jpg

 

ash keys - spring - buds enjoyed by bullys - keys hang from tree in winter, unsure which birds feed on these but most likely bullys - properties ???

200px-Fraxinus_excelsior_4560.jpg

 

rowan - autumn ( winter has begun when the waxwings have ate the last of the rowan berries ) - for softbills mostly, possibly bullys - high vit C

220px-Rowanberries_in_late_August_2004_i

 

knapweed - summer - seedheads although worth trying flowers as they are high in nectar - general conditioner

220px-Centaurea_nigra-floro.jpg

 

goatsbeard - summer - seedheads although flowers are high in nectar so maybe worth trying - general conditioner/ healing properties/ preventative

220px-Aruncus_dioicus_15105.JPG

 

shephards purse - summer - seedheads - properties unsure ??? healing properties

220px-Capsella_bursa-pastoris.JPG

 

evening primrose - summer - seeds although young leaves worth a try - essential oils/ acids

220px-Floare_galbena_bgiu.jpg

 

fat-hen - summer - seeds - protein, vit A, calcium, phosphorus, potassium

220px-Melganzenvoet_bloeiwijze_Chenopodi

 

teasel - autumn winter - seedheads - highly nutritious, anti inflammatory

220px-Dipsacus_fullonum1.jpg

 

weld - summer/ autumn - a bit obscure this one but probably seed heads and may be worth trying flowers ( high nectar content ) , good reference to be used for enhancing plumage colour ( yellows/ greens ) when fed to birds

220px-Reseda_luteola_%28Flowers%29.jpg

 

herb robert - all summer - unfamiliar with this one but reference to bullfinches will eat the buds flowers and stems, also other finches enjoy these ??? essential oils, boosts immune system, preventative

220px-Herb-Robert_800.jpg

 

blackberries - autumn - superfood, antioxidant, high vit c, omega 3, essential fats etc etc

200px-Black_Butte_blackberry.jpg

 

rosehips - late summer/ autumn - antioxidant, vit c, vit a, vit b, fatty acids

220px-Rosa_rubiginosa_hips.jpg

 

pyracantha - late autumn/ winter - highly nutritious, birds known to get drunk eating berries

220px-Red_pommes_of_Firethorn_%28Pyracan

 

cotoneaster - late autumn/ winter- highly nutritious

220px-Cotoneaster_frigidus.jpg

 

white campion - summer/ early autumn - seeds - similar nutritional value to chickweed

220px-White_campion_close_700.jpg

 

red ( pink ) campion - as above

220px-Red_campion_close_700.jpg

 

charlock ( wild mustard ) summer - seed pods - properties ???

220px-Herik_17-10-2005_13.59.40.JPG

 

hawksbeard - summer - a bit obscure this one - very similar to dandelion so may have similar benefits ???

220px-Crepis_sibirica0.jpg

 

elderberry - late autumn/ winter - berries but worth trying flowers - highly nutritious, high vit c, vit a, vit b, antioxidant

220px-Sambucus-berries.jpg

 

persicaria - a bit obscure - most probably seedheads - properties ???

220px-Polygonum_lapathifolium3.jpg

 

if anyone has any more please share :thumbs:

An excellent informative and well put together article. A must for all bird lovers and enthusiasts. (Very good and so interesting)!

People have told myself about the wikipedia site which I have started to read about all sorts of information. However, picking up a good book is hard to beat, it is something so different I think. But also there is no substitute for experience.....

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Some of the wildfoods which folks can give there birds.

I reckon theres nothing better you can give your birds as far as keeping them healthy and in condition, I,ll try my best to give times of year to collect, what part of plants to use and properties of each plant, some descriptions will have ??? as I am unfamiliar with these plants myself but there is some reference of people using these for there birds.Many references to properties and health benefits are from herbal medicine and there effects on human biology but imo will benefit birds in similar ways. Apart from the goodness gained from the plants themselves feeding these is a great way to keep your birds occupied,

Hopefully this will help some of the folks new to collecting wildfood,

cheers :thumbs:

 

coltsfoot - early spring - seeding heads - general tonic

220px-Coltsfoot.jpg

 

alder - Jan - April - catkins and seed cones - protein and oils

220px-Tagalder8139.jpg

 

dandelion - spring - whole plant, birds go mad for seed heads - high vit A, C, B6, iron, magnesium, one of the best conditioners/ tonics

220px-DandelionFlower.jpg

 

chickweed - spring - autumn, can grow all year round however - whole plant - similar properties to dandelion

220px-Kaldari_Stellaria_media_01.jpg

 

meadowsweet - summer - seeds although worth trying flowers ??? essential oils

220px-Filipendula-ulmaria.JPG

 

milkthistle - summer/ autumn - seedheads - anti inflammatory, antioxidant ( hangover cure :D )

220px-Milk_thistle_flowerhead.jpg

 

sowthistle - summer - whole plant - properties similar to dandelions

220px-Sow-thistle_2.jpg

 

 

groundsel - early spring - autumn although can grow all year, whole plant/ particularly seeding heads - general conditioner

220px-Common_Groundsel-first_fruits.jpg

 

mugwort - summer - seeds/ possibly leaves ??? - essential oils/ tonic

220px-ArtemisiaVulgaris.jpg

 

ragwort - summer to as late as November - seeding heads - funny one this, toxic to most animals, greatly enjoyed by finches - properties unsure ???

220px-Ragwort_and_caterpillars%2C_Crouch

 

dock - summer into winter - seeding heads - one of the best, thought to be a great conditioner for plumage, contains oils which are greatly beneficial, good oils though so birds don't become fat.

240px-Rumex-obtusifolius-foliage.JPG

 

burdock - late summer through winter - seeding heads - goldfinches are particularly adept getting at the seeds contained in the heads ( burrs ) - calcium, potassium, blood purifier ( powerful antioxidant ), anti inflammatory, fatty oils

220px-Burrs.png

 

plantain - summer/ autumn - seeding heads although young leaves may be worth a try ???as they have similar properties to dandelion

220px-Ribwort_600.jpg

 

ash keys - spring - buds enjoyed by bullys - keys hang from tree in winter, unsure which birds feed on these but most likely bullys - properties ???

200px-Fraxinus_excelsior_4560.jpg

 

rowan - autumn ( winter has begun when the waxwings have ate the last of the rowan berries ) - for softbills mostly, possibly bullys - high vit C

220px-Rowanberries_in_late_August_2004_i

 

knapweed - summer - seedheads although worth trying flowers as they are high in nectar - general conditioner

220px-Centaurea_nigra-floro.jpg

 

goatsbeard - summer - seedheads although flowers are high in nectar so maybe worth trying - general conditioner/ healing properties/ preventative

220px-Aruncus_dioicus_15105.JPG

 

shephards purse - summer - seedheads - properties unsure ??? healing properties

220px-Capsella_bursa-pastoris.JPG

 

evening primrose - summer - seeds although young leaves worth a try - essential oils/ acids

220px-Floare_galbena_bgiu.jpg

 

fat-hen - summer - seeds - protein, vit A, calcium, phosphorus, potassium

220px-Melganzenvoet_bloeiwijze_Chenopodi

 

teasel - autumn winter - seedheads - highly nutritious, anti inflammatory

220px-Dipsacus_fullonum1.jpg

 

weld - summer/ autumn - a bit obscure this one but probably seed heads and may be worth trying flowers ( high nectar content ) , good reference to be used for enhancing plumage colour ( yellows/ greens ) when fed to birds

220px-Reseda_luteola_%28Flowers%29.jpg

 

herb robert - all summer - unfamiliar with this one but reference to bullfinches will eat the buds flowers and stems, also other finches enjoy these ??? essential oils, boosts immune system, preventative

220px-Herb-Robert_800.jpg

 

blackberries - autumn - superfood, antioxidant, high vit c, omega 3, essential fats etc etc

200px-Black_Butte_blackberry.jpg

 

rosehips - late summer/ autumn - antioxidant, vit c, vit a, vit b, fatty acids

220px-Rosa_rubiginosa_hips.jpg

 

pyracantha - late autumn/ winter - highly nutritious, birds known to get drunk eating berries

220px-Red_pommes_of_Firethorn_%28Pyracan

 

cotoneaster - late autumn/ winter- highly nutritious

220px-Cotoneaster_frigidus.jpg

 

white campion - summer/ early autumn - seeds - similar nutritional value to chickweed

220px-White_campion_close_700.jpg

 

red ( pink ) campion - as above

220px-Red_campion_close_700.jpg

 

charlock ( wild mustard ) summer - seed pods - properties ???

220px-Herik_17-10-2005_13.59.40.JPG

 

hawksbeard - summer - a bit obscure this one - very similar to dandelion so may have similar benefits ???

220px-Crepis_sibirica0.jpg

 

elderberry - late autumn/ winter - berries but worth trying flowers - highly nutritious, high vit c, vit a, vit b, antioxidant

220px-Sambucus-berries.jpg

 

persicaria - a bit obscure - most probably seedheads - properties ???

220px-Polygonum_lapathifolium3.jpg

 

if anyone has any more please share :thumbs:

An excellent informative and well put together article. A must for all bird lovers and enthusiasts. (Very good and so interesting)!

 

Cheers :thumbs:

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Really informative thread for those who keep natives and have access to wild food...

Thanks for the time & effort put in.

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