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From August or September or even until December one can find the ripe
fruits of the blackthorn
(Prunus spinosa). For serving these fruits (they're no berries even
though they look like berries), you can hang up hole branches into the cage or aviary. If your
birds gnaw on
the wood they can get themselves some minerals from the bark. The fruits
that are also-called sloes taste best after being frozen once. They become
sweet from an exposure to temperatures below zero degrees. If you find some
sloes outside before the first very cold autumn nights you can just put the
fruits into your freezer for one day. Afterwards they will taste much
sweeter. And by the way:
Some birds also like to eat blackthorn flowers. They can be found in Central
Europe from March to April.
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