One of our members recently posted that their vet had suggested giving a vomiting budgie cumin seed water, which I had not heard of before, so I had a little browse. This site probably gives as good a run-down as any I found ...
Ingredients Gather a heaped spoonful or two of jeera Gather 2 cups of water in a saucepan Instructions To prepare the jeera water, first, begin heating the water in a pan and toss a spoon or two of jeera into it. Wait a while until the water begins to boil and allow the jeera to steep into it for an hour or so to ensure the jeera is properly infused into the water. Switch off the flame and strain the water.
Well.... boiled up some cumin seeds in water. The cup measurement worked out to just under one pint of water. As a teaspoon was pictured with the original recipe, that is what I used to measure the seeds. Simmered it for an hour, that is what I gleened from the link, seemed a bit long to me but that is what I did. It smelt disgusting!! Anyway, let it cool down a bit, and tasted it, not too bad. It wasn't like taking medicine!!! I did add a little cinnamon after the whole procedure to try and improve on the taste, but I think this would only work by adding it whilst it is simmering.
It did make me feel that I was drinking a curry!! As some curries I have had must have had quite a bit of cumin in. I think, IF I do take this seriously and feel the need for a healthy drink (especially weight reducing after Christmas) I would reduce the quantity of seeds or increase the volume of water.
Not sure what the vet was trying to say by giving this to a budgie to prevent it from vomiting, surely solving the problem of being sick in the first place would have been a better idea??
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The person couldn't really get to a vet immediately, and the vet gave this as an interim measure. The budgie seemed to like it, as well. Better that than AB's if not necessary. AB's are so overused; it is why we have so many resistant strains of bacteria.
We are not Vets, Avian or otherwise. If you have any serious doubts about your budgies' health an appointment with an Avian vet should always be your first point of call.