On 12/18/05, Michael L wrote:
> Mary Kay,
> Alfalfa is a great resource of vitamins, minerals, amino
> acids, etc.
> It is used to treat joint disorders, including arthritis, as
> well as improving the blood and circulatory system in dogs.
> Many years ago I used it along with shark cartilage for a
> very arthritic dog of mine. It helps to increase synovial
> fluid production in the joints. This was before the
> introduction of glucosamine and chondroitin.
> I would say you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
> Alfalfa is safe ans without side effects.
After going back to read your original post, I saw that you
were asking about Alfalfa for birds. Sorry, I didn't see that
in the first place.
I found this for you and it applies directly to birds rather
than animals in general.
"ALFALFA--The leaves of the alfalfa plant are rich in minerals
and nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and
carotene. It alkalizes and detoxifies the body, especially the
liver, and it contains an anti-fungal agent. It is an excellent
appetite stimulant and overall tonic and an excellent source of
chlorophyll and vitamins. Treating with alfalfa leaves is
perfectly safe, but alfalfa seeds contain a slightly toxic
amino acid unless used in sprouted form. I keep a shaker of
chopped organic alfalfa leaves and use it on my parrots' soft
food mix twice a week."