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Peter
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 10:46 am    Post subject: Anting

Most herbs and/or leaves in nature contain etheric oils in varying degrees. These oils seem to have an antibacteriel and antifungus/yeast activities. I believe that birds use these features as a support against diseases and parasites. Those plants with a high content of etheric oil are often used for aromatic purposes. E.g.: Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Eucalyptus, Oregano etc

Interesting readings
http://www.akademiai.com/content/lrk10068x1108375/

http://www.cababstractsplus.org/google/abstract.asp?AcNo=20043216060

http://www.aasv.org/shap/issues/v14n6/v14n6p312.html

The video below shows how the bird react instinctively on the etheric oil in Oregano leaves. When you look carefully you will notice how he takes a peace of leave, schews on it and spread it over his feathers.

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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 2:47 pm    Post subject:

We observe the same, when give basil, NZ rea tree (Mamuka and Canuka) Eucalyptus and other aromatic plants/trees
Often it appears as if they have been infected with a heap of microscopic insects that irritate, but closing observation shows the same as you observe.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:25 am    Post subject:

my 2 like eating herbs from the garden.... but i havent seen them doing anything else... i'll keep watching Wink

Ive always used rosemary (the herb not my birdie) on the bbq to keep away the midgies.... it works a treat when your sitting down munching after youve cooked to keep the nibbling bugs away...just thow a bunch on the top of the bbq n let it smolder away <v>

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:20 am    Post subject:

yep Applause i noticed Phooey yesterday... he was having a nibble of herbs he prefured rosemary to basil... then preening a couple of feathers then having a nother nibble.... preening mostly his tail n longer wing feathers first running his beak down the whole length of the feather while he still had a bit of rosemary in his mouth..... how do they know this stuff Laughing

(rosemary oil was 1 of the main ingredience in a natural nit killer i used to make for head lice... for kiddies..worked much better than the chemical stuff!!!)

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:52 am    Post subject:

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a natural nit killer i used to make for head lice... for kiddies..worked much better than the chemical stuff!!!)


Yeah thats a problem with young children at school.
The stuff from the shops is useless and expensive...the best is dip a comb in kero, and dampen the hair, leave in for 20 mins, and wash out. repeat a week to 10 days later.
Condition hair after....
hair that is regularly washed is more prone to nits than oily hair...Isnt it funny how the chemical companies (shampoo/detergents) have done their propaganda so well it is now considered that natural oils in the hair is dirty!!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:51 am    Post subject:

I found this topic by surching " Kakariki & anting " with google.
Last reply in 2008, and in my mind THIS is a very great enreachment in caring for kakariki.
How many questions are asked since 2008 about playing-tools for kakariki?
How many users did ask for "good" care since 2008?

Anting is the possibility to engage kakariki for very long time with a natural behaviour
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