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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.

Blackthorn with sloes

 
 
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