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#29845 - 11/26/04 02:32 AM Green Tea?  
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What is everyone thoughts on green tea? It is the stuff that doesn't have an caffine in it.

#29846 - 11/26/04 02:45 AM Re: Green Tea?  
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I'll let others talk about green tea. We use chamomille tea which is a natural herb with the side benefit of having a calming effect. No caffeine.

Just make it weak and warm, our Too loves it. She also likes to soak her beak in it. smile

#29847 - 11/27/04 03:56 PM Re: Green Tea?  
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Why would you want to offer tea to a bird?

#29848 - 11/27/04 05:16 PM Re: Green Tea?  
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I myself enjoy hot tea especially during the cold months. Sammy also enjoys tea and anything else I partake in. But tea does contain caffein which is a no no so I give him his own cup of something hot that is safe for him like chamomile and other herbs.
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#29849 - 11/27/04 08:42 PM Re: Green Tea?  
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I wasn't sure if the above posts were clear on this point....

Green tea DOES have caffiene in it. It's made from the same leaf as black tea, but it's cured differently. It is on our forbidden foods list and should not be given to birds under any circumstances.

cheers! wink

#29850 - 11/28/04 04:50 AM Re: Green Tea?  
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Maybe there is a little confusion on the subject of green tea. The box of Lipton that I have indicates that it is naturally decaffeinated. Some people suggest green tea as a way to help flush out zinc and iron. It is like anything else, if it is used at all, it should be in moderation as it can act as a diuretic.

#29851 - 11/28/04 06:25 AM Re: Green Tea?  
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I don't know about green tea, but I was told to try offering chamomile tea to my U2 Horshack when I was at my wits end about 2 months ago. The difference in his behavior incredible. I give him warm, diluted tea each morning and he is much calmer and happier than he was before, and he seems to love it. Granted, he could have just calmed naturally, but I really think the tea made all the difference. I was very skeptical initially, but I'm now considering buying stock in Twining's laugh

#29852 - 11/28/04 03:10 PM Re: Green Tea?  
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Gene I read your thread on decaffeinated green tea and wonder what Lipton means by natural. After all sugar salt and caffein itself are natural. On another previous thread I inquired about how do they decaffeinate tea and now coffee for instance? Do they inject another harmful substance that is natural?
Just wondering and by the way imo there are plenty of other things to give to birds that are proven not to be harmful in any way
Harvey

#29853 - 11/28/04 05:42 PM Re: Green Tea?  
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Harvey, here's a little something I found about decaffeinating...

Trichloroethylene, a solvent once used to decaffeinate coffee, was tested by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1976 and shown to cause liver tumors in mice. Since the 1970s, coffee companies have switched to other solvents such as methylene chloride (dichloromethane), ethyl acetate, or other types of processing to decaffeinate coffee. However, because methylene chloride is now strongly suspected to cause cancer in humans, most coffee producers no longer use it.
I think Co2 is used nowdays to decaffeinate but I wouldn't be surprised if some processing still involves the use of chemicals or solvents.
I suspect decaffeinating tea is done the same way as coffee, but not sure....
Hmmm, think I'll stick with the caffeine myself.. eek

#29854 - 11/28/04 10:21 PM Re: Green Tea?  
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We only use chamomile and mint teas with our birds. Our vet has suggested chamomile to help soothe our phobic too's nerves - it doesn't really help that much but we give it occasionally for variety. Neither mint or chamomile produces caffine so it's not decaffinated in the first place.
As for green tea, I have heard of people using this to fight excessive yeast in birds with some success. I am not sure how that was administered and couldn't find any info about it online. I'm sure a good holisitic reference book would have info.
Our grey always wants what we're having so if we put a sip of unsweetened chamomile tea in the bottom of a cup she can have hers while we have ours and everyone stays happy.

#29855 - 12/05/04 07:27 PM Re: Green Tea?  
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some one try telling my tiel that tea is a no no.
If I have a cup of tea while he's out he will force his head between me and the cup to get some.
it's quite funny fighting a tiel for tea

#29856 - 12/05/04 09:18 PM Re: Green Tea?  
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Gucci doesn't drink green tea because of the caffiene, but he adores chamomile tea. I make a large container of it once a week or so (dilluted, of course) and I put it into his water bowl or feed him from a spoon. He adores it, and likes to move his foot around in it.


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