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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-11-2013, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone ever fed dandelions to your shrimps?
Good or bad idea?

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I wouldn't risk it cuz they might have weird stuff (ie pesticides) on them. Occasionally I feed my bearded dragons dandelions, but they are grown indoors.

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Sometimes I eat them out of the yard. Mine are safe though cause we don't spray. They are actually super nutritious.

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a friend of mine does she also feeds the dandelion leaves to her bristle nose plecos. main thing is to get them only if you dont spray your yard i would never go randomly pick leaves. or better yet get the white puff balls and toss the seeds in a pot and grow them in one place so you know for sure they are safe
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Sometimes I eat them out of the yard. Mine are safe though cause we don't spray. They are actually super nutritious.
Wait, like you actually put them in your mouth, chew, and swallow???

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I was more thinking of the yellow flowers(pollen).
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post #7 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-11-2013, 04:16 AM
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We don't spray our yard for anything, so I feed dandelions to my parakeets. They love the leaves and the flowers.

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Yes, assassin, you can eat dandelions. You can eat the whole plant actually. The flowers can be breaded and deep fried like mushrooms or put in a salad. The leaves and stems can be cooked or eaten raw. Young plants taste best. In some countries they are grown like any other crop and sold in markets. They are full of vitamin C
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Personally I just eat the leaves. They tend to be bitter but mix well in a green smoothie of in a greens salad if there's enough other stuff to cut the bitterness. Like wildrose said, you can eat the flower too...there's a lot of people that make wine from them.

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Boil foliage for 10-15 minutes. Then freeze. Feed and watch happiest shrimps in the world.
If the leaves are young boil them till they get dark green .If they become olive green you have boil them too much.
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wow REALLY? I can go pick those dandilions in my yard and boil the flowers for the shrimp? I have a ton of them out there!
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I have actually have fed my iguana dandy lions for years now as a treat. They have the perfect calcium to phosphorous ratio of 3:1. Like others have stated just make sure you take them from your yard as you never know what chemicals your neighbor is using. I'm going to have to try this for my shrimp.
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I just boiled some leaves for mine. They never go after spinach like they did this. And here I was buying food......LOL
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Yep, Dandelion roots and leaves have been used to treat liver disorders. I think NA Indians used them for kidney and skin issues as well. The roots are said to be good as an appetite suppressant. Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc.
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Anything else in our back yards we can use?

Other weeds, grasses or tress we could feed our shrimpies?
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