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INDEX

Birdie Bread & Muffins Recipes ---------------------- Page 2 13


Most Recommended & Loved Recipes------------- Page 14 18
Birdie Breakfast Ideas -------------------------------- Page 19 21
Cakes, Cookies, Pies & Pizza Recipes--------------- Page 22

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Desserts, Fruits, Drinks & Cool Things Recipes------- Page 26
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Mineral Blocks & Cement Perches Ideas--------- -- Page 29
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Miscellaneous Recipes ------------------------------ Page 32 33
Soft Foods, Veggies, Grains & Sprout Recipes------ Page 34
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Tasty Treat Recipes ----------------------------------- Page 45 - 51

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BIRDIE BREADS AND MUFFINS RECIPES

[1]. Anne's Birdie Bread (Posted by: Anne Johnson - July 14, 1996)

2 boxes Corn Muffin Mix


4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
3 tbs. oil
1 cup raisins
1 cup diced apple
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup grated zucchini

Pre heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix first 4 ingredients together in large bowl. Add next 4
ingredients and mix well. Grease and flour 2 bread pans. Bake at 400 for 35 mins.
Variations: You can substitute any fruit or veggie such as: blueberries, cranberries,
bananas, broccoli, squash, cauliflower, green beans, raspberries, spinach, nuts,
pineapple, etc. You can also use other muffin mixes such as the oatmeal, bran, etc. Be
creative and use your imagination. You can freeze any leftover bread or prepare it in
advance and freeze for future use. Serve warm.

[2]. Apple-Cheese Muffins (Posted by: Barry - May 8, 1996)


Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp
salt, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 eggs
with shells, 1/2 cup chopped apple, 1/2 cup shredded carrot. Directions: Mix the first five
ingredients together. Wash the eggs, then blenderize the eggs with the shell included.
Add butter, sugar, apple, and carrot to the eggs and blenderize briefly to mix. Stir
together with the dry ingredients until just combined. Spoon into greased muffin tins and
bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until springy to the touch.

[3]. Banana Nut Muffins (Posted by: Barry - May 8, 1996)


Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking
soda, tsp salt, cup cheddar cheese, cup chopped bananas, cup nuts, finely
chopped, 2 eggs with shell, cup vegetable oil.
Directions: Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Wash the eggs thoroughly, blenderize
including the shell, add the oil, and mix well. Add the eggs and oil to the dry ingredients.
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Spoon into greased muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in a 375 degree oven, or until
a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
[4]. BeBe's Birdie Bread (Posted by: Ken Highfill - May 8, 1996)

Two 6 oz jars baby food sweet potatoes


2 jars baby food tropical fruit
cups pellets or 4 tbs hand feeding formula
eggs and eggshells (crushed)

I recycle pellets left in our birds' bowls (We use uncolored pellets). Mix eggs and baby
food. Use a little in a small blender/processor to crush the egg shells (calcium source).
Mix in remaining ingredients. Put in paper cupcakes or muffin tins- 4 tsps each.
Microwave 1-2 mins until firm. Or bake in toaster oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes till
firm. Makes 12 servings. Serve warm, but not too hot. Cockatoos - 1 each, Conures -
each. Save remainder in fridge and warm before serving. Very nutritious and they all love
it.

[5]. Bird Bread for Eclectus (Posted by: Carolyn Swicegood - June 10, 1997)

2 cups yellow corn meal


1 cup whole wheat flour
l cup currants or raisins
1 cup nuts (pine, almond, walnut, pecan)
1 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1 twenty-nine ounce can of solid pack pumpkin
1 thirty-two ounce bottle of papaya nectar
one half cup of sunflower or safflower oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbs baking powder

Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Add enough water or juice to make a pourable
batter. Use two large well-greased baking pans. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes or
until done. Cool and slice. Can be frozen. This recipe makes heavy" bread, not as light as
you would prepare for yourself, but the birds love it! Notice that it contains very little
baking powder, (some baking powders contain aluminum) no added sugar or other
sweeteners, and no added salt.

[6]. Birdie Birthday Cake (Posted by: Susan Carter - January 27, 1999)

1 box Carrot Cake mix


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1 can Fruit Cocktail (reserve juice)


1 can Cut Sweet Potatoes (reserve juice)
1/3 scraped cuttlebone
cup Flaked Coconut and cup Raisons

Use the juice from the Fruit Cocktail and Sweet Potatoes for the liquid called for in the
cake mix. To the liquid add 4 eggs (box mixes usually need 3, I add the extra one for the
protein), mix in all liquids to this including vitamins if you use liquid. To the dry mix I add
the scraped cuttlebone and dry vitamins. Mix well then add the sweet potatoes and mix
with mixer again to chop the Sweet Potatoes into smaller pieces. Stir in the Coconut,
raisons, and Fruit Cocktail. I cook it in a pound cake pan or a 9 X 13 either one works,
cook till done. While still warm I ice with thin layer of peanut butter and sprinkle with
coconut. Can be frozen in slices and served as needed.

[7]. Birdie Bread for Overweight Birds (Posted by: Cristiana Senni - August 9, 2000)

8 cups total of mixed grains and whole flours (wheat, buckwheat, oats, spelt, barley,
quinoa etc.) which include 1/2 cup of either soy or chick peas flour for protein or 1/2
cup of corn meal (to make it less fattening)
2 tbs baking powder
2 cups approx. of whole boiled mixed grains
Approx. 8 large carrots
1 large red pepper or 2 small ones
1 or 2 papayas, depending on the size - (I add the whole seeds)
1 or 2 slices of melon
2 eggs - I include the egg shells when I have the time to clean them well first
1 or 2 cups unsalted pumpkin seeds

The boiled whole grains are in addition to the 8 cups. I mix the grains, and boil them for
15 minutes in 2 parts water. After I turn the flame off, I let them sit in the covered pan for
another 15 minutes or more to absorb all the water.
The quantities can vary, this recipe gives an idea of the proportions to follow, but if the
dough is too soft or too dry it can be adjusted with either more flour or fresh foods. What I
tried to do was to make bread that would have a high Vitamin A content.
Grind the fresh foods in the food processor, mix them with the eggs and then mix
everything together. Bake it in 2 rectangular pans at 350 for about 40-45 minutes.
If calories are not an issue one could add a variety of other foods like bananas, sesame
seeds, crushed nuts, raisins passion fruit, prickly pears, etc. Sweet potatoes would be a
very good addition except that the variety with the orange pulp, high in Vitamin A.

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[8]. Bobbi's Basic Birdie Bread (Posted by: Bobbi Brinker - August 29, 1996)

2 boxes corn muffin mix


3 tbss baking powder
1 tsp Spirulina
2 eggs & shells (puree in blender)
4 jars baby food (carrots, sweet potatoes, a fruit, chicken/turkey with rice, noodles, or
vegetables)
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 cups baby cereal (buy lowest percent of iron)
1-1/2 cups shredded/chopped veggies (usually carrots or broccoli). Almost any of the
baby foods can be used but choose those with a high Vitamin A content.

Warning - the batter will be hard to mix! Mix wet & dry ingredients separately. Combine
wet & dry ingredients along with shredded/chopped veggies. Spray 9x13 pan with
cooking spray & bake about 30 minutes in a 400 degree preheated oven. Cool on rack,
cut into squares & freeze in 3 day batches.
Optional Additions: chopped nuts, toasted soybean bits, shredded low fat cheese, dried
fruit (small pieces), shaved cuttlebone, toasted sunflower kernels, pureed bananas,
pureed beans (reduce baby foods by one jar ), peeled, pureed fresh mango, papaya or
kiwi (reduce number of jars of baby food).

[9]. Buttercup's Birdie Bars (Posted by: Misty - April 21, 1999)

2 cups cornmeal
2 cups flour
8tsp baking powder
4 eggs w/shells
1 cups applesauce
2 cups apple juice
4 tbs peanut butter
2 cups seed
2 cups mixed veggies
1 can fruit cocktail

Mix and pour in greased 9x12 pan and bake at 350 for 40-45 min. Cut in bars, cool and
serve.
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[10]. Chico's Muffins (Posted by: Anne Eilers - June 26, 2000)

cup Whole wheat flour


cup cornmeal
cup Harrisons Mash or Lifetime diet fine
2 Tbs baking powder
cup raisins
cup hulled organic sesame seed
1 egg (you can sterilize the shells and crush them in too)
cup grated carrot
cup orange juice (fresh) may need to add a touch more for consistency

Combine dry ingredients. Mix well, add wet ingredients. Mix well and spoon into small
birdy size muffin tins (use spray like Pam to avoid sticking). If you used the small tins you
should get approx. 2 dozen little muffins just the perfect size for snacking on.
Plus you get the added benefit of sneaking some Harrisons into a picky bird's diet. You
can use various different seeds/nuts and apple juice works just as well. I sometimes
sneak in added 1 tbs liquid calcium. My Grey, Chico, loves these and smack's his "lips"
whenever he sees them.

[11]. High Protein or High Vitamin A Bread (Posted by: Sandi Sartain - August 11,
1999)

6 Oz. breeder pellets


2 cups cooked beans (kidney, lentils, garbanzo, pinto, etc.)
cup whole-wheat flour
cup reg. flour
3 eggs plus shells
cup cornmeal
cup raw carrots, chopped in blender
cup shelled sunflower seeds
cup veg. oil

Cover pellets with hot water to soften & mash. Add all dry ingredients to pellets. Blend
well. Puree beans, eggs, and carrots in food processor or blender. Stir into dry ingred. to
make a thick batter. Add water as needed. Bake at 350 degrees 45-50 minutes. I bake
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these in the miniature muffins pans so I don't have to cut and slice them. Freeze in
individual baggies.
Vegetable-rich Bread: Substitute equal amounts of maintenance pellets and cooked
veggies. Carrots, broccoli, yams, squash instead of the beans. Prepare as above. I always
use Vitamin A rich veggies in this bread. I have weaned a lot of baby Greys on these
breads. My breeders and pets love it too! Hope your birds enjoy it!

[12]. Kathy's Birdie Bread (Posted by: Kathy Pearson - February 2, 1997)

1 cup cornmeal
cup each whole wheat flour and rye flour
cup each Cream of Rice cereal, Malt-O-Meal, grits, and rolled oats
4 tsp baking powder
cup peanut butter
cup raisins
3 jars baby food - squash, sweet potatoes & applesauce
cup grated cheddar cheese
1 large carrot chopped
1 cup chopped broccoli stems & crowns
2 eggs with shells
1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
water as necessary

Put carrot & broccoli in food processor for 30 seconds. Eggs & shells should also be
processed in the food processor until shells are ground. Mix all ingredients and add water
to make mixture spreading consistency. Spread in greased 10x13 pan, and bake at 400
for 30 minutes.
I created this recipe by combining ingredients from some of the other birdie bread recipes
out there and adding some of my own. My birds love it! Ingredients can easily be
substituted with similar ingredients that you have on hand.

[13]. Kiwi's Krazy Kornbread Treats (Posted by: Elissa B - July 9, 2000)
All you need is a box of cornbread mix and 1 cup of frozen mixed veggies. Use whatever
your bird likes the best, but Kiwi loves the ones that have beans mixed in too! Prepare the
cornbread recipe as directed, adding the still frozen veggies to the mix. Spoon mixture
into plain ice cream cups (I use the small ones - you can find them 80 to a box and they
are just the right size for holding). Place each filled cup into a cupcake tin - each tin will
hold 3 cones. This recipe makes about 36-40.

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Bake according to package directions, but watch carefully after about 10-15 minutes.
Store in freezer and pop in toaster oven to heat before serving to restore crispiness. Be
cautious not to serve too hot however!! My cockatoo can't get enough of these and
neither can my Hahns Macaw and Senegal parrot!

[14]. Linda's Southern Cornbread (Posted by: Linda Muylle - July 27, 2000)
2 cups yellow corn meal, 1 cup self-rising flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp Spirulina, 2
raw eggs, 2 chopped boiled eggs, 1 pkg frozen sweet peas or broccoli and grated carrot.
Mix all ingredients including egg shells. Pour into greased baking pan and put in
preheated 450 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Cool completely and cut in small
squares and freeze. Just take'm out when you need'm.

[15]. Macaw Bake (Posted by: Karen Loften - May 8, 1996)


Ingredients: 3 eggs with shell, lb. fried hamburger, 2 cups cooked beans (see bean mix
below), 1 6oz jar baby food, cup honey or course brown sugar, cup peanut butter,
cup powdered soy milk, 1 cup corn meal, cup shredded carrots, 2 cups oatmeal or
wheat flakes, cup oat or wheat bran, 2 tbls. Wheat germ oil. I also add some Spirulina if
I have it.
Directions: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix everything together and divide into 2
greased loaf pans. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, or until top of bread is light brown.
Bean Mix - Red Beans, Black-eyed Peas, Great Northerns, Lima Beans, Kidney Beans,
Pinto Beans, and Soybeans equal to the total amount of mixed beans. Soak for 24 hrs.,
bring to a boil with a little salt and let sit for a couple of hours. Drain and rinse.

[16]. Mexican Veggie Corn Muffins (Posted by: Richelle - November 15, 1998)
Take 2 packages of Mexican style cornbread/muffin mix, add a drained can of mixed
vegetables, put in muffin tins and bake till done. I give a half to my Quaker daily. The rest
I cut in half and freeze in baggies and pull out a half every day for the following day so it
is thawed for lunch.

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[17]. Norma's Birdie Bread (By: Norma Goldberger - July 14, 1997)

1 box of Corn Muffin Mix


Dump into blender:
1 egg with shell
1 carrot washed
1 hunk of sweet potato microwaved 30 sec to tenderize
2 bottles banana baby food
1 handful mustard leaves washed (from the veggie garden)

Substitutes: Vegetable list - 1 stalk of broccoli, handful of washed dandelion greens,


handful green beans or peas.
Liquids - A piece of banana and 1/3 cup of milk or a nutritious fruit juice can replace the
baby food.
Optional: Add spices - tsp chili or tsp cayenne or tsp cinnamon.
Blenderize above and add to corn muffin mix. Mix. Bake as package directs (400 degrees)
in greased (corn oil) muffin pan. Must be the slightly green color that is so appealing.

[18]. Nutty Birdy Bread (Posted by: Suzanne - May 27, 1999)

1 box corn muffin mix


1 egg
cup of milk
1 apple (peeled, cored , and chopped up good)
cup quick oats
cup chopped walnuts
2 tbs peanut butter
cup of your birds favorite pellet(s) chopped.

Mix all ingredients together and spread in a 9" X 13" lightly greased pan (I use Crisco
spray). Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes. Check with toothpick. Cool completely, cut into 2"
squares, serve cool. Saves great in fridge!! Even the picky ones LOVE this stuff!!!

[19]. Quick 'n Easy Birdy Bread (Posted by: Deborah Furnia - May 22, 1999)

1
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2
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cup whole wheat flour


cup corn meal
tsp baking powder
tsp sugar or honey
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2 eggs
3 tbs vegetable oil or palm oil (for African species)
1C milk or buttermilk

Mix the above ingredients and add any of the following: cooked sweet potatoes, squash
shredded or chopped, grated carrot, pulverized egg shells, blueberries, peanut butter,
walnuts, or anything that your bird likes. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes in a 13x9
pan.

[20]. Sandra's Birdy Muffins (By: Sandra J. Bortnick - July 23, 1997)
These birdy muffins have been eaten greedily by all birdies of people I suggested them
to. Supplement them with your imagination (I especially like to add sesame).

4 cups boiled and mashed pumpkin or canned pumpkin


2 cups cream of wheat (uncooked)
2 cups grits(uncooked)
1 cups oatmeal(uncooked)
cups applesauce
1 egg (shell too)
2 tbs baking powder
2 tbs cinnamon
cup raisins
cup sugar
1 tbs veg. oil

Adjust consistency with applesauce, water, or grits. Spoon into cupcake paper lined
muffin tins and bake 20-35 minutes at 400 degrees. I also use Jiffy muffin mix in place of
c.o.w. and grits. Sesame seeds are high in calcium. I don't use much sesame seed and if I
use it I omit oil from that batch.
Food Values:
Grits 1oz. 57mg Ca, 20.7mg Phos, .34g fat
Cream of Wheat 39.79mg Ca, 79.95mg Phos, and .37g fat
Sesame seeds 1oz 276.41mg Ca, 178.3mg Phos, and 14.09g fat

[21]. Sandy's Love Muffins (Posted by: Sandy Gaddis - November 20, 1998)

2 boxes corn muffin mix


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1 can cream style corn


2 eggs + shells, Blenderized
2 cups mixed steamed, or boiled carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, onion, anything else
you want to add
2 cups grated cheese (cheddar)
1 cup raisons
cup any kind of nuts
Optional-- 1 Tbs raspberry jam or honey
2 hard-boiled eggs, mashed

Mix everything together, spray muffin pan with Pam or wipe with oil. Drop 1 Tbs per cup.
My bird will kill for these. Also good for dogs or cats, they love them. Sometimes I split
the recipe and add the raspberry jam to only half of the batter. Bake according to muffin
mix directions. It can be frozen. You can keep in refrigerator for up to a week.

[22]. Sharon's Birdie Bread Recipe (Posted by: Sharon Dubois - August 29, 1997)

2 Cups finely ground pellets


1 Very ripe banana
1/3 Cup wheat germ oil
1/3 Cup vegetable oil
6 Large eggs
2 Heaping tbss of canned pumpkin
1 Heaping tbs of applesauce
1 Cup of mixed vegetables
1 Cup of cooked or canned pinto beans
1 Cup boiled brown rice
2 Cups corn meal
4 tbs baking powder
1 tsp Spirulina

Mix the first five ingredients in a food processor until you have a fine blend. Add the next
two ingredients and continue to process. Pour entire mixture into a large bowl and add
the vegetables, beans, rice, corn meal and baking powder, Spirulina and stir. The mix
should be the consistency of cornbread. If it's too dry, add the liquid from the pinto
beans. If there isn't enough liquid add water. When you have the desired consistency,
pour into a 13x9 inch baking pan.
Bake the bread at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes or until done. To test your bread,
insert a toothpick in the middle of the pan. If it comes out clean the bread is ready. Make
several pans at once so you can freeze the loaves and use them as needed. Sprinkle
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vitamins on the bread and crumble it before serving. Good vitamins to sprinkle are:
Wheat Grass powder!

[23]. Terri's Birdie Bread (Posted by: Terri Leinne weber - March 12, 1997)

4 cornbread mixes
1 package frozen collard/kale/broccoli (or fresh)
4 eggs
About cup to 1 cup low fat, plain organic yogurt
About 1 - cups cooked butternut or golden squash, sweet potato or pumpkin
Dried/fresh fruit (colorful to add interest)
1 cup pellets (or more if you want. I converted 2 birds to Harrison's using this recipe).

Blend Yogurt/eggs/greens, substitute for liquid called for. Mix all ingredients; bake about
45 mins at 400 degrees. I use 4 packages of cornbread mix but I try to get them at the
healthfood store so they don't contain sugar, and have less salt, but cornbread is real
easy to make yourself from scratch, so sometimes I do that too - time permitting.
What I do is take fresh or frozen collard greens, kale, chard, bokchoi tops, broccoli,
dandelion or whatever I can come by that is green and high in vitamin A. I put it through
the blender with a little yogurt (plain, organic, low-fat) and substitute this for the liquid
called for in the recipe. I also blend in the eggs, shell and all; called for by the recipe (I
wash the outside of the eggs in hot water first. I don't know if it does any good).
I then steam yellow winter squash, pumpkin, or sweet potato, until very soft, or if I can
find frozen, I'll use that. In the absolute worst case I will use a can of pumpkin, but be
sure not to get pie mix. Just plain pumpkin. I stir in 1 package frozen, 1 can or the
equivalent fresh cooked.
I then stir in a cup (more or less) of whatever pellets I have to spare, and some bright
colored fresh or dried fruit (cranberries, raspberries, blue berries); just enough to catch
their attention. Sometimes, I will throw in a few nuts. This makes 2 large Pyrex
rectangular sheet pans which is enough to give my birds (5 get their own piece/2 share 1
piece, so six a day) each day for almost 3 weeks. Pieces are about 1 inch square.
My birds really seem to like this bread. Occasionally, I will leave out the squash/sweet
potato/pumpkin and add chopped red and green sweet peppers, a little garlic chopped,
and some hot peppers or dried pepper flakes. When I do this, I also add about a quarter
to half cup cheddar in small chunks.

[24]. Tu-Ki Treat (Posted by: Marlena - June 13, 2000)

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Tu-Ki is a green cheek conure who has no lower mandible. This recipe gives her a good
amount of her required food needs.

2 boxes Corn Bread Mix.


1 tbs of calcium, mineral and vitamin powder.
2 eggs (shell included) - Separate egg from shell * Wash and grind shell
1 jar each baby food Sweet Potato, Green Beans
1 cup crushed pellets ( put in a plastic bag and roll with rolling pin to crush )
1 large carrot
cup fresh raw broccoli
1/3 cup mixed nuts (no peanuts) and dry fruit, also pulverized.

Mix Cornbread Mix, nuts, fruit, pellets, egg shell and vitamin powder together. Add eggs
and other stuff, mix well with wooden spoon. Spray a large baking dish with Pam. Mixture
will be lumpy and sticky. If it is too thick add a little fruit juice or applesauce.
Spread to about 3/4 " thick and bake until golden and knife comes out clean when
inserted in center (about 20 minutes to 1/2 hour).
Cut into squares while still hot. When cool, freeze squares in serving portions in plastic
sandwich bags. I defrost small sections overnight and then warm it in microwave for 6
seconds. Tu-Ki loves it warm and has gained 4 grams since we brought her home. Poor
baby was starving to death in a horrid pet shop. I also give her soaked Zupreem pellets,
chopped veggies, fruit, and any birdie goodies I can make small enough for her. I give the
bread to my friends birds and they all love it too.

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MOST RECOMMENDED & LOVED RECIPES

[1]. Bulgur, Corn & Greens


A colorful blend of ingredients, ready in fewer than 25 minutes!
1 cup bulgur
2 cups water
One 10-ounce box frozen corn kernels
1/2 pound greens (kale or collards), rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
2 Tablespoons fresh chopped basil (optional)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Cook bulgur in water in a large covered pot for 10 minutes over medium heat. Add
remaining ingredients. Heat 10 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Serve warm.
TIP: Can freeze individual portions for an easy meal for your feathered friend.

[2]. Mango Salsa Sprout Salad

Cup Organic Sprouts, Sprouted*


1/3 Mango, Peeled and Diced
2 Tablespoons Cilantro (Parsley can be substituted for Cilantro)
1 Small Jalapeno Pepper with Seeds, Diced (can substitute with Sweet Red or Green
Peppers)
1 Tablespoon Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice.
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Mix all ingredients and serve immediately. Feel free to add in other vegetables into the
mix for added excitement!

[3]. Fruit Pizza


Here's a wonderful looking dessert that both humans and their avian companions will
enjoy.
1 large 12-inch-wide pita bread*
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce (see recipe below)
1/2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
3 organic strawberries, sliced
1 apple or pear, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
Sprinkle a small amount of chopped mint leaves for a new twist on this fun recipe.
Spread a thin layer of apple sauce over pita bread. Arrange slices of fruit on top of apple
butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve as is or heat in 350-degree oven for 15 minutes and
serve warm.
*Can substitute Pita Bread for Plain Rice Cake and do not bake. Serve Fresh! Can use any
variety of fruit Enjoy! And be sure to leave some for your feathered friends!

[4]. Home Made Apple Sauce


There is nothing like fresh homemade Apple Sauce. Your birds will be squawking once
they smell the fragrant aromas throughout the house!
2 to 3 pounds apples per quart (Can reduce the size based on your individual needs).
Water to coat saucepan.
Optional Spices: Cinnamon and/or Nutmeg (Note: these flavors are very potent. Some
birds may or may not enjoy them)
Instructions
Wash, core and peel apples. Cut into quarters. Cook apples until soft in a large covered
saucepot with just enough water to prevent sticking. Press apples and juice through a
sieve or food mill. If any seeds or peels escaped, now is the time to remove them. Return
apple pulp to saucepot. Bring applesauce to a boil, stirring to
prevent sticking. Sprinkle in a dash of cinnamon and/or nutmeg to taste, if desired.
Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking.
Carefully ladle hot sauce into a glass bowl for cooling. Serve warm (Hot food should never
be offered due to a high risk of crop burn).
Recipe Variations: For a chunky sauce, coarsely crush half of the cooked apples with a
potato masher; press remaining apples through a sieve or food mill. Combine crushed
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and sauced apple mixtures; continue as for Apple Sauce.


Note: Using a sweet variety eating apple if your bird likes a sweet taste.

[5]. Sweet Too't Smoothie

2 cups non-fat soya milk


2 tablespoons silken tofu
2 bananas frozen
3/4 cup frozen strawberries
1 tsp vanilla

Place milk and tofu in blender first and blend. Add bananas, strawberries and vanilla and
blend until smooth. Pour into glass. Enjoy.
Optional: Add 2 Tablespoons fresh unflavored yogurt or frozen yogurt in place of tofu. Sit
back, enjoy and do not forget to share with your feathered companions!
Tip: To freeze banana, wait until banana gets brown specks. Peel and freeze whole. This
ensures the fullest flavor in your smoothie.

[6]. Palm Nut Cookies

1 - 28oz Can of palm nut fruit


4 Large eggs with shell
2 tbsp Organic cane sugar
cup Organic mixed chopped nuts
cup Raw shelled pumpkin seeds
cup Shelled almonds
1 cup Soft whole wheat flour
1 cup Yellow cornmeal
1 cup Quinoa flour
2 cups Oatmeal (not instant)
cup Oat bran
1 tbsp Baking soda
4 tbsp Cinnamon
1 cups organic seedless raisins

Put chopped mixed nuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds in processor until finely ground.
Wash eggs thoroughly then put in food processor until well blended.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Mix palm nut fruit,
eggs, and sugar in large bowl of electric mixer. Combine all dry ingredients in a large
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bowl. Add to egg mixture cup at a time until thoroughly blended. On low speed, stir in
raisins. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough 1" apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake
in batches for 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to rack to cool. Makes approximately 120
cookies. These cookies freeze very well.

[7]. Home Made Parrot Muffins

2 cups Corn Meal Flour

2 cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 tablespoon Baking Powder

3 eggs (with shells mushed in small pieces)

1 cooked & peeled sweet potato/yam mashed

1 whole banana mashed

1/2 cup red kidney beans mashed,

2 cups fresh veggies/fruit chopped finely in a food processor (you can use: broccoli,
string beans, various berries, cranberries, kale, red peppers, whatever's at home)

4 tablespoons peanut butter

1/2 cup of chopped nuts (sunflower seeds, hulled millet, pecans, walnuts, etc.)

Optional: 2 jars of baby food (veggie or fruit only) - using this keeps them moist.
Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes (keep a watch on them that they do
not burn). You can substitute veggies to whatever is in your house. You can use frozen
veggies to substitute for fresh. - Be Creative and have fun with it!
I usually will make a double batch of this and pour into a cake pan and muffin pans that I
grease up with canola oil so it doesn't stick. I wrap up the muffins up with wax paper and
put them in Freezer bags for individual daily servings. This has been proven very
efficient for those busy mornings.
Yield: 24 Muffins

[8]. Parrot Muffins


1 package of Hodgeson Cornbread Mix with Whole Wheat Flour
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1 egg (with shells mushed in small pieces)

Can add any or all of the following: 1/2 an apple (seeded & chopped), 1/2 sweet
potato mashed, 1 whole banana mashed, 1/2 cup red kidney beans mashed,

1 cup fresh veggies (can substitute with frozen) chopped finely in a food processor (I
normally use fresh veggies: broccoli, string beans, red peppers, whatever's at home)

2 tablespoons peanut butter (can substitute with Almond Butter)

Optional: 2 jars of baby food (veggie or fruit only) - using this keeps them moist.

Optional: 1/4 cup chopped nuts (sunflower seeds, pecans, walnuts)

Mix all ingredients and bake according to directions on the box. I use whatever
veggies/fruit are in the house (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, hot chili peppers,
beans (kidney beans, navy beans, etc.) - Be Creative and have fun with it!
I usually will make triple batches and freeze them individually for daily servings.
Yield: 12 Muffins

[9]. SWEET POTATO CHIPS


Preheat oven to 400-425 degrees. Peel one large sweet potato and cut it into strips like
you would for fries. Rinse in water and shake them in a bag with a mixture of ground
cornmeal flour and a few shakes of Cayenne pepper.
Place them on a cookie sheet and bake them for 30 minutes, turning them over halfway
through.
Mix cornmeal flour, some crushed red pepper, sesame seeds, 1 egg and enough water to
make batter consistency. Dip all the potato chips in this.
On the stovetop ~ In a frying pan over medium heat. Add an inch of vegetable oil and
cook them for a couple minutes on each side...just until they are browned a little. Drain
them on paper towels and serve warm.
NOTE: With the left over batter ~ Make Spicy Tortillas ~ Drop in a tablespoon full into the
oil

[10]. Fruit Ices

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Take your parrot's favorite fruits. Puree them in a blender. Pour into Ice Cube Tray and
freeze. If your birds are like mine, they will love it. Comes in handy in those hot summer
months too.

[11]. Organic Water


1 gallon tap water + 1 tablespoon Organic Apple Cider = Organic Water

[12]. Cleaning your Parrots Veggies & Fruits


Spray Organic Apple Cider on your fruits & veggies to remove harmful toxins. Wait five
minutes then rinse.

[13]. Pine Cones


Pine cones are great toys for birds. Please make sure your pine cones are in good
condition (not wet, old, or mildewed). Heat oven to 225F. Place pine cones in the oven for
20 minutes. Then turn off the oven, but leave the pine cones in the oven for 2 hours to
dry out.
Note: Pine cones will scorch and possibly start a fire if the oven is any higher than 225F.

BREAKFAST (EGGS, PANCAKES, WAFFLES RECIPES)

[1]. Birdie French Toast (Posted by: Frank Dillin - April 25, 2000)
2 eggs, 1 jar of sweet potato baby food, cup milk and bread.
Mix all ingredients together except bread, dip bread in mixture and pan fry till golden
brown. They luv it!

[2]. Gertie's Great Griddle Cakes (Posted by: Stephanie Williamson - September 5,
1999)

1 pkt Corn Muffin Mix


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1 egg, including shell (wash egg and grind shell thoroughly)


Leftover seeds (if you own a bird, you know what I mean)*
1 Tbs hummus (this was roasted garlic hummus)
1 Tbs peanut butter (this was smooth, but chunky would have been nummier)
1 Tbs honey (actually just dumped it in and didn't measure it
1/3 Cip milk or so

I dumped it all in except for the milk. Mixed it up and then started to add milk. I got it to
muffin consistency, but then I remembered reading about someone making a cookie on
cast iron, so I decided to make griddlecakes. Gertie (my U2) is still trying to decide if they
are edible, but Casanova (my rotten Standard Poodle puppy) has already stolen at least
one and pronounced it delicious. He stands with his nose pressed to the bars when Gertie
is eating out of her treat bowl. He thinks he is abused!
Dumped it by 1/8 cup amounts onto a very hot cast iron pan. Let it get dry on the edges
and bubbles on top and then flipped. They were a bit hard to flip and the first ones
weren't pretty, but who cares! Will let you know if miss picky Gertie decides they are
edible.

[3]. Jayne's Birdie Waffles (Posted by: Jayne Nelson - February 29, 2000)
Waffle batter, grated apples, carrots and broccoli. You can use veggies and fruit of any
kind. Mix together and make up waffles for your Fids. Freeze in single servings and pop in
the toaster for breakfast or dinner. All my Fids love them.

[4]. Lynns Pancake Breakfast (Posted by: Lynn Coppess - July 22, 1998)
1 box of just add water pancake mix.
Prepare as directed only using orange juice or apple juice instead of water. You can also
add bird vitamins to mixture if necessary. Any left-over pancakes can be frozen or
refrigerated and reheated in microwave for later use.
Recipe is versatile, so you can add any combination of fruits or nuts if you want to, like
mashed bananas, or blueberries etc. My African Grey is very finicky and hard to please,
but he loves those pancakes and gets his vitamins as well. Try it and see.

[5]. Pookie's Omelet (Posted by: Kristen - April 4, 1998)


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Ingredients:

1 egg
3 Tbs finely chopped carrot (I have to cut it small to hide it from her)
1 Tbs riccotta or cottage cheese
cup beans any kind ( not refried ) black are her favorite
1 splash of milk to mix it
3 Tbs chopped each ( green pepper, broccoli, sweet corn)

Use any vegetables you have at the time, to add a few new ones besides corn. My
amazon loves yams; most finicky birds will eat a sweet yam. Mix all the above ingredients
together and microwave in a bowl for a couple minutes. Don't use the stove. If you keep
fresh veggies around its really fast to make. Hope your baby enjoys it. If he doesn't, you
might try mashed potatoes. My goffins love them.

[6]. Quick Beakfast (Posted by: Jamie Hullenbaugh - September 16, 1999)
Quick easy breakfast for stubborn babies while weaning.
One packet instant grits OR oatmeal. SUBSTITUTE apple juice for the cup boiling water.
Add cup raisins or dried fruit. Let sit to cool... also has the purpose of letting the dried
fruit absorb some juice. This also applies to the standard grits and oatmeal. It makes
more batches that are easy to freeze in ice cube trays.
I have 6 kids and a bunch of feather babies. On cold mornings this is great for all of them.

[7]. Scrambled Eggs & Vegetables (Posted by: Joe & Rebecca - February 28, 1997)

2 eggs
2 Tbs low fat ricotta cheese
cup shredded carrots
cup chopped broccoli

Scramble eggs with shells and ricotta cheese in a bowl. Pour into a frying pan and add
vegetables. Cook until eggs are firm.

[8]. Sunday's Sweet Eggs (Posted by: Denise - May 2, 1998)


Spray non-stick vegetable spray in a pan.
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Mix number of eggs needed to feed your flock with, a small dash of cinnamon and a dash
of vanilla.
Scramble in pan until cooked. Add small dash of maple syrup, cool and feed to all.

[9]. Sweet Potato French Toast (Posted by: Joe & Rebecca - February 28, 1997)

2 eggs
jar sweet potato baby food
4 slices whole wheat bread

Mix the eggs and sweet potatoes together. Dip bread into the mixture and cook in a frying
pan until both sides are golden brown. Cut the bread into small pieces and sprinkle sliced
almonds on top.

[10]. Willie's Green Eggs & Ham (Posted by: Willie Muylle - July 27, 2000)
Eggs (scrambled or boiled), bacon bits, Spirulina, Parmesian cheese and grits. Scramble
or chop eggs. Add bacon bits. Sprinkle Spirulina and cheese. Toss with dry grits - just
enough to keep from being sticky.
NOTE: If you can't find grits, use cornmeal. Make a lot or just a little.

CAKES, COOKIES, PIES, PIZZA RECIPES

[1]. Beakers Best Birdie Pizza (Posted by: Beakers Best Birdie Recipes - May 8, 1996)

1 readymade pizza crust or use your own recipe eliminating the salt
1 jar baby food mixed garden vegetables
cup chopped green bell pepper
cup shredded carrot
cup chopped broccoli
2 tbs wheat germ
2 tbs wheatgrass powder
cup shredded mozzarella
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Spread baby food on the crust. Sprinkle carrot, broccoli and bell peppers. Sprinkle cheese,
wheat germ and wheatgrass powder overall and bake according to directions for your
crust.

[2]. Birdy Pot Pie (Posted by: Monique Semak - July 28, 1998)

1 cup mixed veggies (garbanzo beans, green beans, peas, carrots, corn)
1 can cream of potato soup
Cup Bisquick Mix
1 Cup Milk
2 Eggs

Mix veggies & soup and put on bottom of greased 91/2 pie pan. Preheat oven 400F. Mix
last 3 items w/ fork until firmly beaten, pour on top of veggies. Cook for 20 minutes or
until top is golden brown, let cool.

[3]. Bogie's Birdie Biscotti (Posted by: Catherine Dobbins - April 19, 1997)
Mix 1 cup ground bird pellets, cup corn meal, cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup ground
almonds. Add 1-2 tbs powdered wheat grass and 2 tbs powdered eggshells. Mix in 4
whole eggs, 1 jar of baby food carrots, and enough unsweetened fruit juice to mix into
firm dough.
Scoop by the spoonful and roll into balls of about 0.5-0.75 diameter; place on a lightly
greased cookie sheet. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 20-30 min. Cool on a rack and
keep in the refrigerator. Also freezes well. Depending on size, makes about 90-100.

I keep a ziplock of these in the freezer at all times and take out about 15-20 at a time and
keep in the refrigerator. My U2 and CAG both LOVE these and will do just about anything
to get one! I think they are a much healthier substitute for many of the bird treats in the
pet stores.

[4]. Cokie's Cookies (Posted by: Pam Katz - April 27, 1998)

1 cup dried fruit (any of your birds favorites-i.e. Apricots, apples, figs, dates, coconut,
etc.)
cup uncooked oatmeal
cup raisins
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cup hulled seeds and/or crushed nuts (I use sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts,
and walnuts)
1 Tbs peanut butter
2 Tbs honey

In a food processor, process all ingredients together except for the honey and peanut
butter. You will have a sticky glob to put into a medium size bowl. Add the peanut butter
and honey and stir until it gets too thick. Then use your hands to knead the rest to a
"rollable" consistency. Make 1/2 inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350
for about 20 minutes. Cool and serve. They are quite delicious (you'll like them too), and
they're just the right size for my Scarlet Macaw," Coconut", to hold.

[5]. Emilie's Birdie Pot Pie (Posted by: Emilie Flack - March 8, 2000)

1 jar baby food carrots


2 or 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped (depending on the size of your bird or how many
birds you have)
1 or 2 six inch sticks of celery, cut up very very fine
1 tsp bird seed
tsp millet (off the stick)
1 tsp "vegetable" bird seed
tsp parsley
1 pot pie crust

Take the crust and warm it in the microwave until lukewarm. Set aside. In a bowl mix the
baby food, eggs, celery and parsley. Microwave until warm. Then pour the bird seed
(every kind) in and mix. If necessary, heat the mixture and/or crust again. Pour the
mixture in the crust, and then top the crust with the crust lid. Bake in the oven until light
brown. Set on rack to cool. Serve at room temp.

[6]. Kudo's Birdie Coffee Cake (Posted by: GAYLE D - October 4, 1999)

2 cups bisquick
1 jar stage 3 blue berry buckle baby food
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tbs honey
chopped nuts optional
cup natural fruit juice
1 cup frozen triple berries

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Mix ingredients with fruit juice. Bake in glass pie pan (spray with pam) at 425 degrees for
20 to 30 minutes (depends on dryness of birds taste buds). Cut into pieces, freeze unused
portions.
Caution: Parrots beaks change colors mysteriously after inhaling cake. Will return to
normal, no health hazard!

[7]. Parrot Pizza (Posted by: Joe & Rebecca - March 12, 1997)

1 small pizza crust (readymade) or 1 large flour tortilla


3 tbs pizza sauce
1 tbs wheat germ
cup shredded carrots
cup chopped broccoli
cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Place the crust or tortilla shell on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Spread pizza sauce over
the crust and sprinkle with the wheat germ. Sprinkle carrots, broccoli and then cheese
over the sauce. Bake as crust package suggests and let cool down before serving to your
feathered companions.

[8]. Parrotty Pizza (Posted by: Ashley - March 6, 1998)

6 English muffins, halved


2/3 cup shredded carrots
1 jar Gerber baby vegetables
cup elbow pasta or long spaghetti
stick of butter

Step 1: split muffin halves. Step 2: melt butter & spread lightly on muffins. Step 3: spread
baby veggies generously on muffin. Step 4: cut elbow pasta or spaghetti into very small
pieces and place on muffin. Step 5: add carrots and microwave for 1 minute.
[9]. Talus' Crunchy Cookie (Posted by: Ursula Ross - May 28, 1999)

Nuts, shelled and ground (recommend walnuts and pecans)


whole wheat flour
white flour
water
(optional: food coloring, fruit juice)

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Our African Grey, Talus, loves crunchy junk foods like chips and cookies, but won't eat his
nuts. The answer? Talus' Crunchy Cookie!
Grind the nuts very fine, and mix with about a quarter to a half cup of whole wheat flour.
Stir in a few tbss of white flour. Add enough water to make very dry, stiff dough (it doesn't
take much!); knead for a minute or two. Break off tbs-sized pieces and roll each out flat
and thin on a floured surface. Bake on a hot, unoiled, cast-iron skillet, flipping
occasionally. DO NOT cook on a non-stick pan. The cookie is done when it begins to turn
gold-brown with some black spots. Cool and serve-- a crunchy, healthy treat!
Options: Add a few drops of red or blue food coloring to tint the cookie. Replace some of
the water with fruit juice to sweeten, and cook on a lower heat.

DESSERTS, FRUITS, DRINKS, COOL THINGS RECIPES

[1]. Aerielle's Birdie Frooty Fruit Salad (Posted by: Aerielle - October 13, 1997)
Guava, apple, pear or any fruits of your choice.
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Chop up all fruits into palatable pieces excluding seeds of pear and apple. Toss pieces
together and take out what you are going to use, then freeze.
I find that my budgies like the guava, apple, and pear recipe best. Budgies will chow
down on a salad of about 1 liter of salad sprinkled with 1 eighth tsp of lemon or lime
juice.

[2]. Ambrosia (Posted by: Kathy Johnson - February 11, 1997)

2 medium oranges peeled


1 small banana cut into slices
20-30 seedless grapes, quartered if your birds are smaller
1 cup strawberries cut in half
1 small apple cut into bird-sized pieces

Combine all ingredients and toss well. Can be frozen until further use.

[3]. Beeper's Juice (Posted by: Crystal Diaz - July 23, 2000)
Use approx. 1" cube of your birdie favorite fruits and vegetables (at least 5) and water.
Mix all the ingredients in the liquidizer. Shake them until they are a juice. Refrigerate. And
if you want, drink it with your bird. Nutritious and delicious. My parrot likes it so much.

[4]. Bert's Sunshine Surprise (Posted by: Ann Marie - January 21, 1999)

1 box any type sugar-free jello


assorted fruits (dried or fresh)
Seed (any type your bird prefers)
Zupreem fruit pellets

Follow directions on box for jello. Put in refrig. for about one hour. Cube all fruits and add
remaining ingredients to jello. Stir. Return to refrig. and allow to finish setting up. Serve
one spoonful a day to your tiel or budgie and be sure to take it away after about an hour.
Jello is more prone to bacteria and should not be left in the cage all day. Enjoy!!!

[5]. Cornmeal Fantasy (Posted by: Carolyn Swicegood - June 14, 1997)
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If you can boil water and stir, you can make your birds very happy!! This recipe is similar
to a flan or soft pudding. You need only fine ground corn flour, available in most
supermarkets. Stir it into boiling water until it starts to thicken, and continue stirring for
another minute or two. At this point, you have a soft pudding. If you want to embellish
the recipe, you can add pumpkin puree, apple sauce, or baby food fruits or veggies.
I think you may be surprised just how much your birds like this simple food. You'll have no
problem finding a feathered friend to "lick the spoon"! My birds just call it YUM! It can be
refrigerated for several days or frozen in squares for later use.

[6]. Fruit Smoothies (Posted by: Ashley - March 29, 1998)

Your birdies favorite fruit

Dice into small pieces and remove any toxic seeds (apple, pear, cherry pits etc.). Put into
blender or food processor and mix until almost liquid but some chunks still remain. Put
mixture into ice cube trays (for smaller birds you can buy small ice cube trays) and put
into freezer until frozen. Give to your birdies and let them enjoy!! Especially good for
those summer months!!

[7]. Fruity Ice (Posted by: Kathy Johnson - February 11, 1997)
Select several types of fresh fruits, any combination, diced into pieces.
Puree fruits in blender or food processor until smooth and mixed. Pour into ice cube trays,
and freeze until solid. Keep frozen, stored in freezer containers or plastic bags. To serve,
remove 1-2 cubes per bird, thaw slightly. Some of my birds actually seem to prefer the
frozen fruit, especially in summer!

[8]. Summer Treat (Posted by: Kitty - December 19, 1997)


This is a very simple recipe that requires no cooking!

Fruit juice(Depends on which fruit your bird likes)


Apples, Mango, Pear, etc.(your Birds' FAV Fruits)
Carrot (OPT)

Procedure:
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Freeze the fruit juice. In the meantime, cut the fruits into small pieces. Take out the fruit
juice when it is 70% frozen. Put the fruits into the juice. (There should be more fruits than
juice). Serve. Fruit eating birds like Lories will love it!!
Note: Avoid putting too much mango as it may be 'heaty'.

[9]. Supreme Ice Cream (Posted by: Inga Wehrmann - April 11, 1999)

1 cup strawberry puree


1 pouch Gelatin
cup water

Pour 1 pouch gelatin over puree. Add cup boiling water and stir constantly until
completely dissolved. Pour into ice cube container and put in the fridge until set. Serve.....

MINERAL BLOCKS, CEMENT PERCHES RECIPES

[1]. Birdie Mineral Blocks (Posted by: Tommie - May 5, 1999)

1 pound plaster of Paris


cup oyster shell
tsp Kelp (find at a health food store)
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1 tbs salt
1 cup water

Mix this fast and have containers ready, small plastic bowls or ice cube trays work well. If
you want to bolt them or twist tie them to the cage make sure you push the bolt or tie in
while mix is wet. After they are set, smack the containers to release them.
NOTE: Some Avian Vet does not suggest using Plaster of Paris to make Mineral Blocks.
Above recipe is solely provided by respective member. Please check with your Avian Vet
before making one.
[2]. Cactus Wren Bird Wrench Mineral Blocks (Posted by: Krista Collins - February
16, 1998)
Prepare muffin tins by lining with cupcake papers. I use cheap foil ones so I don't have to
clean them, just store in clean plastic bags. Prepare wires or twisty ties by bending into a
u-shape.
Ingredients: four pound box of dry plaster of Paris, 1 cup dried egg shells (cook 2 min. in
microwave oven), 2 tsp iodized salt, cup oyster shell, cup calcium carbonate (get
at health food store), box of bird charcoal, cup parakeet sized bird grit, 5 cups
water.
Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Add water. Pour into 4 doz. muffin cups.
NOTE: Some Avian Vet does not suggest using Plaster of Paris to make Mineral Blocks.
Above recipe is solely provided by respective member. Please check with your Avian Vet
before making one.

[3]. Cement Perches Recipe (Posted by: Raenett - December 1, 1998)

PVC pipe. I use 3/4" inside diameter, but slightly larger for Cockatiels would be fine.
Duct or Masking tape
One 2" Lag screw per perch (I think that's what they're called; they have threads on
both ends)
Two washers per perch (wider than the outside diameter of the PVC pipe and the
appropriate size for your cage wire)
One wing nut per perch (to fit the lag screw)
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1 bag all-purpose sand


1 bag cement
1 tin can or something to hold the molds in.

Now comes the fun part:


Cut the PVC pipe to whatever length perches you want. If you're making more than one,
cut them all at once. We have a lot of power tools, which makes it much easier. I usually
make mine 6" long. Now cut each piece of PVC pipe down the center, making a seam.
This is not an easy task, but the cut doesn't need to be straight, and my seams usually
end up jagged. I have used wire cutters, scissors, and garden shears, and a Dremel to
make these cuts.
Take the duct or masking tape and tape the bottom and the seam of each piece of PVC
pipe, so that when you add the cement mixture, it won't leak out. Stand your entire ready
to fill PVC molds in a can, open end up (I have a piece of 2x4 with holes pre-drilled to hold
the molds).
Mix 3 parts sand to 1 part cement and add enough water to make it kinda smooth and
pourable. MIX WELL, and add more water as needed. Pour the mixture into the PVC molds
(a little overflow is better than not filling completely, because some of the water in the
mixture will rise to the top). Place a washer, followed by a wing nut, onto a lag screw, and
place it into the center of the cement mixture. The washer will keep the screw from falling
into the cement. Don't worry about any dribbles down the side of the molds, this is mostly
water.
Let the cement set for several days,... the longer the better. If you become over anxious,
your perches will fall apart when you take them out of the mold. I learned this the hard
way. Once the cement has set, remove tape and spread the PVC pipe. Take a pair of pliers
and pull the perch out of the mold by grabbing onto the screw, or in most cases you can
push the perch through the mold once loosened. When out, the perch will be smooth on
the surface. I roughen them up by lightly sanding. If you don't have sand paper, you can
use a file, emery board, or whatever. Attach the perch to the inside of the cage, one
washer up against the cement, attach the other washer on the outside, through the cage
bars, and secure with the wing nut. That's it!

[4]. Mineral Block (Posted by: Dawn - August 19, 1997)

2
5
4
1

parts Plaster of Paris


parts Garden Lime
parts Bonemeal
part mineral supplement for birds

Mix in enough water to make smooth gravy. Pour into paper cups the size you want. (I use
the plastic SOLO cups. Have many sizes). You can also use cute molds and add some food
coloring to make pretty.
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Insert a U shaped wire (small birds) or the bolt and drop washer of a diameter to cover
most of the cup size (harder for them to break it off the bolt with big beaks.). Let cure for
several days depending on size. When totally dry you may drill hole in them and hang on
toys etc. Tip: I like to crunch up a few Manu blocks and add to this.
NOTE: Some Avian Vet does not suggest using Plaster of Paris to make Mineral Blocks.
Above recipe is solely provided by respective member. Please check with your Avian Vet
before making one.

[5]. Mineral Blocks - chalky kind (Posted by: Judy - November 23, 1997)
This recipe is from one of my Australian National Cockatiel Society newsletters.
Ingredients: equal parts of;

Plaster of Paris (available at craft shops or Pharmacy)


Calcium Carbonate (my vet got this for me)
Garden lime

Mix these together with enough water to make mixture similar to pouring custard (don't
have it too wet). Pour into containers/molds and add a piece of wire shaped like a U. Have
about 2" protruding from the top; this is used to attach the block to something in the
aviary. For molds you can use plastic cups, muffin tins, and empty fast food containers.
Allow to dry before removing from the mold. You can also add your own vitamin or
minerals or maybe a little grit to this mix.
*** The calcium MUST be "calcium carbonate" ***
NOTE: Some Avian Vet does not suggest using Plaster of Paris to make Mineral Blocks.
Above recipe is solely provided by respective member. Please check with your Avian Vet
before making one.

MISCELLANEOUS RECIPES

[1]. Baby Formula (Posted by: Kitty - June 13, 1998)

5 cups water
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal (not 'instant' oats)
cup raw wheat germ(from health-food store)
1 tbs corn oil
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tsp salt

Mix and cook the above cereal for 5 minutes, remove from stove, and add one 4 1/2ounce jar of baby vegetables (strained garden vegetables), a combination of peas, carrots
and spinach. (For cockatoos and cockatiels increase this amount by 1/3 to 1/2).

1 cup powdered milk


2 cups sunflower meal (from health-food store)

If sunflower meal is not available, purchase raw hulled sunflower kernels and grind them
in a blender. Add 2 slices of very dry whole wheat bread mixed with 1 1/2 to 2 cups
sunflower kernels, and grind them together in the blender to prevent the kernels from
becoming soggy and sticky. The bread will add nutrition to this formula.

[2]. Hand feeding Formula (Posted by: Lisa Knickerbocker - August 25, 1996)

Kaytee Hand feeding formula - 4 cups


Low sodium peanut butter - 3 tbss
All natural Apple sauce - 1 cup
All natural Apple juice - 1 quart
Water - 4 cups,
Nutrical (high calorie supplement for cats and dogs) - tube,
2 jars each of Gerber baby food - spinach, garden vegetable, carrots, sweet potatoes,
squash, green beans

Mixing instructions:
Mix Kaytee formula, water, juice, applesauce, Gerber food - all together. Stir until powder
is completely mixed in. Add peanut butter, and Nutrical. Microwave on high for 8 minutes,
stir, microwave 8 minutes, stir, and Microwave 8 minutes. Divide in to 1 cup servings and
freeze in containers. To thaw, microwave 4 minutes, stir, and heat 25 seconds or until
warm. Food will last in the refrigerator 2 days.

[3]. Lorikeets Mix (wet) (Posted by: Dennis Higham - January 2, 1998)

10 Weetabix
2 tbs complan (banana)
3 tbs farex
3 tbs baby rice
4 tbs wheat germ

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Put all ingredients in a blender and mix until powdery. Add a handful of sultanas and 1 tbs
of glucose (optional). For one days feed per bird put 2 tsps of dry mix into a feeder then
add 1 glass of warm water containing 1 tsp of liquid honey.

SOFT FOODS, VEGGIES, GRAINS, SPROUTS RECIPES

[1]. 15 Bean Soup (Posted by: Kathy Johnson - March 8, 1997)

1 package 15 bean soup


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1 bag frozen corn


1 cup raw brown rice

Soak beans overnight. Add rice, cook for 1 hour or until done. Add corn 50 minutes after
you started beans cooking. Drain water and serve. Store excess in leak-proof containers.
May be frozen in 3 day serving sized containers, and thawed before use.

[2]. Baileys Birdie Salad (Posted by: Erica - October 13, 1998)

1 apple cut up into pieces of different sizes


1 jalapeo pepper (light green) cut into strips
1 carrot peeled and cut into different sized pieces
Assorted sizes of broccoli and cauliflower
A few strawberries cut into half

Wash the foods and cut them up and put in a bowl. Then offer your bird all different
shapes, sizes and colors. Of course this is only a small variety of foods you can use but, it
is a bit of everything!! Bananas also work well sliced up into it! Nuts may work too!!

[3]. Bean, Rice and Veggie Mix (Posted by: Karen - December 9, 1999)
This mix is basically just a mixture of various grains, beans, and vegetables. It may seem
complicated, but it really isn't. You can make up a big batch and freeze it into servingsized pieces. It is very nutritious. The squash seems to be the favorite part and also
probably the most nutritious.

2/3 cup mixed dried beans (the kind sold for bean soup)
cup birdseed
cup cracked corn
1 very large acorn or butternut squash (about 3 cups cubed)
1 small apple
2/3 cup cooked pasta
2-3 large leaves collard greens
1/8 cup almonds
1/8 cup alfalfa pellets
1/3 cup grapes, peaches, or other fruit
1 or 2 tbss chili powder
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbs parmesan cheese
1 packed cup cooked rice
1 package frozen green peas
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fruit juice

Soak the beans, cracked corn, and seed in a bowl of water overnight. Then boil the beans,
seed, and corn for 20 minutes or so, until cooked. If you're using the microwave, make
sure to use plenty of water. They absorb a lot while cooking.
Remove the core and seeds of the apple and cut into a few pieces. Cut the squash into
cubes. Squash seeds do not need to be removed, they are very nutritious. Boil the apple
and squash for 10 to 15 minutes or until very soft and mushy. The squash skins can be
pulled off and discarded.
Combine beans, corn, seeds, squash pulp and seeds, apple, pasta, collard greens,
almonds, alfalfa pellets, fruit, chili powder, cinnamon, and cheese in a food processor.
This may overfill the food processor and might need to be done half at a time. Process
until ingredients are well-mixed and chopped up a little.
Stir in cooked rice and thawed peas. Add fruit juice to achieve a nice consistency. Freeze
into serving sized pieces. Makes about 60 ice-cube sized pieces (a good meal size for
cockatiels, Quakers, small conures, etc.).

[4]. Beans and Rice (Posted by: Kathy Johnson - March 8, 1997)

cup pinto beans


cup kidney beans
cup split peas
cup lentils
cup navy beans
cup garbanzo beans
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup cooked white rice
1 carrot (chopped)
1 cup frozen corn (thawed)

Soak beans overnight. Drain, rinse and refill pan with water. Add carrots and cook with
beans for 1 hour. Add corn and rice and cook till warm. Cool and serve. Store excess in
leak-proof containers. May be frozen in 3 day serving sized containers and thawed before
use.

[5]. Birdie Goulash (Posted by: Skye Weber - June 8, 1997)


I start with a bag of frozen vegetables. While they are thawing, I start cooking beans
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whatever I have) and add it to the mix of veggies and beans. I'm feeding about 30 birds
each day, so I make quite a bit. It's a *very* flexible recipe!
When I had fewer birds, I used an ice tray and put the individual servings in each "cube"
so they could be thawed and used as needed.

[6]. Birdie Veggie Pita (Posted by: Julette Plummer - January 21, 1999)

corn or flour tortillas


can of corn
eggs
white or wild rice
romaine lettuce
any other veggie

Cook egg (scrambled style), rice and corn. Wrap tortilla in a cloth towel and microwave
for 15-20 seconds. Lay tortilla on flat surface and put egg in the middle with corn, pieces
of lettuce, rice and veggies. Fold one end over and then the sides to form an envelope.
Place on plastic plate and give to birds.
It is best to do this right before you clean their cage or at their play perch because they
will make a mess with it. My Green-cheek conures love it!

[7]. Casper's Roni and Veggies (Posted by: Gina Maldonado - July 14, 1998)
Cook any macaroni shapes - 3 small (Dixie bathroom size) cups. While cooking, add 2
"cups" frozen mixed vegetables. Cook until done, drain, add tsp margarine and a few
shakes of parmesan cheese. Let cool.
They now have a tasty meal. All my tiels and umbrella cockatoo look forward to this. I
change the macaroni shapes often. Refrigerate leftovers for next meal.

[8]. Cheesy Pasta Surprise (Posted by: Lorien Carrillo - June 16, 1999)

1 lb bag of small elbow macaroni


1/2-1 lb cheddar (or your preference) cheese, shredded or small cubes
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1/4-1/2 cup milk


1 can (or small bag frozen) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (or small bag frozen) peas, drained
2 cans tuna, drained

Boil macaroni until desired doneness. Drain and place back into pot. Turn burner to
medium-low heat and add cheese, stirring and folding gently until almost melted. Add
milk as needed during melting process for creamier texture and easier melting. Add
veggies and tuna and continue mixing until all ingredients are heated and cheese is fully
melted.
Take a small birdie sized portion for each of your birds and place it in their bowls and let it
cool before serving. They'll love it! And you don't have to make something else for you
and the kids. Now if you want, you can mix in sprouts, pellets, or whatever you'd like to
add. I don't...they love it just like this.

[9]. Couscous with Veggies (Posted by: Jessica - May 24, 1999)

1 2/3 cup water


1 cup couscous
1 medium tomato (or a handful of cherry/grape tomatoes)
1 small onion (or 4-5 spring onions, if you prefer)
green pepper
sweet red pepper
cup corn (frozen or fresh off the cob)
2 cloves garlic
tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp basil, oregano, or Italian seasoning
1 tsp crushed red pepper

First, boil water. When water boils, stir in couscous, cover, and *remove from heat*. Allow
to sit for five minutes. While couscous soaks, dice tomatoes, onion, and peppers.
Combine with remaining ingredients and saut lightly (adding a little butter, margarine,
or olive oil, if necessary). When couscous has soaked up all water, combine with veggies,
stir, and serve to your feathered friend according to size. Freezes well and may be served
hot or cold.

[10]. Donna's Birdy Brunch (Posted by: donna - February 15, 1998)
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2-3 eggs.
1 cup frozen veggies
Whole bag of minute rice
1 cups of noodles

Boil eggs for at least 30 min. Boil rice as instructed on the box. Let the noodles boil till
soft. Then cut up the eggs, and put them in a bowl with the rice, and noodles. Then add
veggies and stir. Serve to birds and freeze remainder.

[11]. Emilie's Birdie Soup (Posted by: Emilie Flack - June 10, 1999)
cup fresh/washed veggies (your choice-finely chopped)
1-3 hard-boiled egg(s) finely chopped
1 jar baby food (veggies-your choice)
ground-up mineral block
Any type parakeet seed (your bird's favorite)
Take a microwave-safe bowl and put the fresh veggies in. Do the same with the egg.
Carefully dump the ground-up mineral block in. Heat the baby food until warm and put it
in. Put in microwave for 1 min. or until warm. Let cool until lukewarm & then carefully
dump the seed in. Serve (NOT TOO HOT!). All budgies/ smaller birds should love it.

[12]. Grains, Pasta, & Veggie Mix (Posted by: Bobbi Brinker - March 11, 1997)

1 cup several different grains. Cook separately so there will be many flavors.
1 cup cooked pasta - roughly chop several hot peppers into cooking water.
1 cup brown rice - cook with 1 tbs of cinnamon.
1-2 chopped onions - boil a couple of minutes - drain

Add several of the following:

broccoli - steamed lightly and chopped


small bag of frozen sweet peas - don't thaw
small bag frozen sweet corn - don't thaw
toasted sunflower kernels
chopped nuts
dried cranberries, blueberries, cherries
mango, papaya or other dried fruits chopped
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Variety of beans cooked separately, seasoned with a head of garlic chopped or a


handful of green or red hot peppers roughly chopped.

Use about 2 tbss for bigger birds, and about 1 tbs for conures or cockatiels. Package into
baggies in 3 day portions, about the maximum time it is safe in the refrigerator.
Remaining baggies can be stored frozen for an indefinite period.

[13]. John Sielke's Veggie & Egg Mix (Posted by: John Sielke - May 8, 1996)
1 large egg
2 tbs low fat ricotta cheese
1/2-1 cup bean mix (cooked up previously, mix of beans, rice, pasta, etc.)
cup of some or all of the following:
Diced fresh zucchini, diced yellow squash, diced turnip, diced parsnip, cooked sweet
potato, chopped spinach, fresh corn, chopped green pepper. Also, in season, a whole
jalapeno pepper, chopped. If lacking fresh veggies, use frozen corn, lima beans, peas, etc.
if we have leftover pasta, that goes in, too, and finally one large clove garlic, chopped.
Mix in a bowl, and then spread on a large plate, covered, and microwaved for 7-8 minutes
(8 if using frozen veggies). The egg holds it together. Then I usually grate a LITTLE
Monterey Jack Cheese on it, and serve to the guys (Above makes 9 servings, Macaws get
2 tbl each, and smaller guys get 1 to 1 1/2 tbs)

[14]. Mash, It's What's For Breakfast (Posted by: Corinna Krueger - April 17, 1997)
Pumpkin seeds, barley, rolled oats, sesame seeds, millet, tomatoes, apples, bananas,
grapes, lemons, oranges, carrots (lightly steamed & raw), fresh corn on the cob (lightly
steamed) & spinach.
Put fruits into the food processor except the grapes. Put seeds & oats into a bowl then
add the chopped fruit and whole grapes. Cut steamed carrots into chips & cut corn into 4
to 5 pieces. Put daily rations into zip-lock bags, add carrot chips & one corn block per bird
to bag. Put into freezer. Defrost the night before in the fridge. Remove around 2pm or
earlier if its warm/hot out.

[15]. Millet Sprouts (Posted by: Kerri - October 3, 1998)


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Take a millet spray and put it in a ziplock bag lined with paper towels (about 2). Spray
water on the millet spray in the bag. Keep spraying until the millet is completely
drenched (you can also run it under your tap, but this way is better). Close it up and place
it in a dark place with no sunlight. Check on it every day and give it a few sprays a day
(only a few) until you see it sprouting. Once it starts to sprout, take it out of the dark spot
and take out the paper towels. Keep the millet in the bag and place it in the sun. Add only
a few squirts of water and let it be. When kept in the sun, chlorophyll will form and in turn
will make it healthier. Once the sprouts turn green, give it to the birds! They'll love it!
Have fun!

[16]. Multi-Salad (Posted by: Sacha - December 21, 1997)

spinach
pasta (spaghetti or macaroni type)
rice
coriander
Any and every kind of fruit your bird likes
dill
frozen corn (boil 2 minutes)
Frozen Peas (boil 2 minutes)
mushrooms
celery
carrots
broccoli
beans (soaked overnight)
Anything else that seems healthy for your birds!

Slice all the above to thin, small pieces (you can also use a food processor to cut these
pieces). Then boil the rice, pasta, beans, peas and corn for a few minutes. Let these cool
and add to the salad. My birds eat all of it.

[17]. Peeper Salad (Posted by: Alex - April 26, 2000)


This is a recipe my parakeets die for! You need fresh lettuce (romaine or leaf), fresh
spinach (uncooked), 1 finely chopped apple and 1 finely chopped boiled egg. Combine
these ingredients in a small treat dish (shred the lettuce and spinach) and mix well. Serve
as treats is small quantities. Birds love it and it's very nutritious! Have fun!!!! :)

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[18]. Petrie's Vegetable Salsa (Posted by: Christine - April 25, 2000)

cup each finely chopped Green, Red, and Yellow peppers


2 tbs finely chopped Jalapeno pepper
2 tbs finely chopped tomato
1 tbs finely grated carrot
2 tbs millet seed
tsp apple cider vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until well mixed. Serve cold or warm.
Ingredients may be added or subtracted depending on individual preferences. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!

[19]. Rice and Egg (Posted by: Jerry - February 11, 1999)
1 cup of rice in 2 cups of water. Microwave twice on high for 5 min. Water should be
pretty much gone then. Add 2 eggs and mix. Rice should have yellow tinge. Microwave 2
min. 2 times. Might have to add a little water as you don't want rice sticky. Let cool to
room temp.
I give as egg food about 3 times a week but I have 100 birds. You could freeze in plastic
bags. I also add corn or mixed vegetables and sometimes juice along with the water.

[20]. Soft Food Mix For Eclectus (Posted by: Carolyn Swicegood - June 10, 1997)
This is a nutritious mixture of foods relished by all Eclectus from babies to adults,
including breeders who feed it to their babies in the nest.
Soak overnight half a large stockpot of dry shelled whole corn or popcorn. Bring to a boil
and cook over low heat the next morning for several hours, or until the corn is plumped
and soft in the middle. Water will need to be added several times as it is absorbed by the
corn, which more than doubles in volume.
Also, soak overnight your choice of dried beans. Eclectus seem to favor garbanzo beans
(chick peas) and you can also use kidney, cranberry, pinto, lima, northern, chili, black
beans or others. Cook the next morning for an hour or less or until "al dente".
Cook one or two boxes of Uncle Ben's Original Brown Rice or a large bag of brown rice for
approximately thirty minutes.
Optional foods to be cooked with the brown rice are raisins, currants, shelled sunflower
seeds, shelled pumpkin seeds, wheat berries, barley, whole oats, pasta, nuts, and
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cinnamon, cloves or ginger for added flavor. For Eclectus, I usually include chopped sweet
potato for the Vitamin A content.
Combine all ingredients in a large container or clean sink. Mix and allow to cool. Seal in
plastic bags in daily portions, press flat for faster thawing, and freeze. To serve, thaw and
bring to a boil. Allow to cool before feeding. For faster cooling, add frozen garden peas or
individually frozen fruits, such as cranberries, which act as mini-ice cubes. The heat from
the mix will thaw the peas or fruits.
Do not leave this mixture in the feeding dishes long enough to spoil. This mixture is very
similar to the popular prepared ones, but is much less expensive and can be tailored to
the individual taste preferences of your birds.

[21]. Soft Foods Recipe (Posted by: Maggie Meyers - May 28, 1997)
This is what I use for my fids. They get it every morning for breakfast. I sometimes add
things such as other left over veggies; brown rice, apple, or whatever, and they also get
other snacks during the day.

10 lbs frozen mixed veggies


5 lbs extra frozen whole kernel corn
about 10 lbs various kinds of frozen beans such as lima, black eyed peas, etc.
5 lbs dry macaroni, cooked al dente, and drained and rinsed with cold water

I put it all in a big, strong, new garbage bag, and mix it by kind of kneading the outside
till it is all mixed together. By that time the frozen veggies have pretty much frozen the
macaroni too. Then we bag it in quart sized baggies and freeze it.
One bag for the 3 Suns and Ghandi (CAG) lasts about 2 days. We thaw it and keep it in
the fridge. Do NOT put in the microwave due to hot spots of course. When it's time to
feed, we put a daily serving in a small colander with a fine mesh and run it under hot tap
water to take the chill off, then serve. They've had this since they started weaning and
love it.

[22]. Somba's Supreme Rice Dish (Posted by: Tami King - October 4, 1999)

2 cups brown minute rice (pre-cooked)


2 cups thawed frozen peas & carrots
2 eggs scrambled
cup celery chopped
1 cups of chopped leeks
1 cup chick peas (garbanzos)
cup pineapple chunks and 3 tbs red palm oil
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We precook all ingredients and then blend together. Garbanzo beans must be soaked
overnight, and then cooked until firm yet tender. Add spices of your choice. We chose
cinnamon. Our Amazons love this dish. Give it a try.

[23]. Stormy's Spaghetti (Posted by: Tammy King - September 27, 1999)

1 (8oz) bag lemon/basil pasta


1 (8oz) bag red bell pepper pasta
chopped cilantro
1 cup chopped zucchini
1 cup sliced carrots
cup chopped spinach
fresh ripe tomatoes 8 (med size) Chopped
2 fresh jalapeos chopped
tsp garlic Powder

Cook pasta until firm but tender, remove pasta, put into colander, run under cool water.
Put above ingredients into the pot of water used for pasta. Cook for approx. 2min, drain.
Add all ingredients together. Serve immediately. Freeze any unused portions in small
freezer bags. Our African grey Stormy relishes this special dish.

[24]. Sweet Potato Soup (Posted by: Michelle - March 4, 1999)


This is good for your bird. Feed to breeders, older birds you're trying to "win over"
(reminds them of being fed and nurtured as chicks), pet birds and yourself.

can vegetable broth (add water to cover potatoes - this isn't a brothy soup)
approx. 1 cup sweet potato
1/4-1/2 firm tofu
1"x1" piece ginger minced
cup corn
cup whole wheat pasta
cinnamon, clove, allspice to taste (I normally use more ginger)

Cook till sweet potatoes are somewhat mushy. Your bird will LOVE THIS. My Zoe loves this
and she's rather picky.

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[25]. The Ultimate Birdie Surprize! (Posted by: Tami King - September 26, 1999)

1 (32 oz) bag 15 bean mix


1 cup Black Beans
1 cup Anasazi Beans
4 cups long grain brown rice (converted preferred)
1 cup couscous
2 cups Rottelle Vegetable pasta
2 cups Basil/ lemon pepper
pasta spirals
2 cups jalapeo red pepper pasta (ziti type, or whatever is available)
2 large jars of Gerber Vegetable Beef baby food
1 tbs Spirulina
3 tbs Palm oil

Soak beans overnight. At least twelve hours. Drain and rinse well. Put into a large stock
pot and cook 45-60 min or until al a dente. Rinse lightly with cold water to stop cooking
process. Set aside. Cook couscous in 1 cups of water for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork. Stir
into the bean mixture. Cook Pasta until Al dente, drain into strainer, run under cold water,
shake off excess water, add to bean mixture. Cook rice until firm, add to mixture. Stir in
both jars of baby food, the palm oil, Spirulina. Let cool and put into cup serving size
bags. Freeze immediately. Our birds go wild for this.

[26]. Warm Veggie Food (Posted by: Jean - February 15, 1999)
This recipe is enjoyed by my Cockatoo, Quaker and Cockatiels.....warm of course.

cup
cup
cup
1 pkg.

split peas
lentils
long grain brown rice
(16 oz) shoepeg corn

Boil these ingredients covered for 20 minutes, drain thoroughly. Add to cups
couscous, stir in and let sit covered 20 minutes. This will cook the couscous. This is a
crumbly mixture and good for the birds who love their warm meal. I double it when I
make it, then freeze it into portions of enough for about 3 or 4 days of feeding. I warm it
in the microwave, one portion at a time. It really helps get a baby bird over the weaning
process; they still have one warm meal a day. ;-)

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TASTY TREATS RECIPES

[1]. Birdie Bars (Posted by: Eclectus Forum - May 29, 1997)

3 ounces uncooked quick oats


3 ounces other cereals (Shredded wheat crumbled or Grapenuts)
1 cup evaporated skim milk
1 cup applesauce (no sugar added)
cup reduced calories margarine, melted
1 cup of the following mix (unsalted chopped nuts, raisins, dates, dried fruit)
cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, combine cereals, add other ingredients and mix well.
Spray 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Bake for 30 minutes (until tester
inserted in center comes out clean).
Remove from pan and let cool on rack. Cut into 16 bars. Wrap each bar in plastic and
freeze. Break one bar in pieces appropriate to bird size! This recipe is good for people
too!

[2]. Birdie Popcorn Treat (Posted by: Beakers Best Birdie Recipes - May 8, 1996)

1
1
6
1

Tbs melted margarine


tsp wheatgrass powder
cups popped popcorn
cup assorted dried fruit.

Combine margarine and wheatgrass powder. Drizzle over popcorn, tossing to coat. Add
dried fruit and continue tossing. Store leftovers (if any) in airtight container.

[3]. Brenda's Treat Sticks (Posted by: Brenda Dawson - July 22, 1998)

Untreated fruit tree twigs (or lollipop sticks)


2 cups of seeds, nuts, dried fruit and egg biscuit in variable quantities (to suit your
bird's tastes)
egg
honey
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Preheat the twigs/sticks in a warm oven (150 degrees C). Mix dry ingredients together
and bind with the egg. Press the mixture onto the twigs/sticks (this bit is very messy, but
fun!) Bake in the oven at 200 degrees C for 20-30 minutes until toasted. Brush the honey
over the treat sticks and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes. Allow to cool. Serve
and watch your birds demolish all your hard work with relish!!!
This can be adapted for anything from finches to large macaws (adjust the size and type
of the dry ingredients accordingly). They love them and they last much longer than the
ones in the shop. If you want to give your birds a real challenge, slow bake the sticks (at
100 degrees C) for 2 hours. If anything is left after four hours, please remember to
remove (together with any debris) when the weather is very warm.

[4]. Brittany's Bird Treats (Posted by: Brittany Adkison - August 4, 1999)

1 whole lettuce leaf


1 cup of dry oat meal
1 carrot (peeled)
apple
5 blueberries

What to do: Blend all the ingredients together until they are in a real fine paste. Then
scoop out the paste, set onto a plate (I suggest pounding it into a shape such as a circle
or heart) and put it into a microwave for two minutes. After heating the ingredients up, let
it cool off for two more minutes (it can be very hot and it can burn the bird).

[5]. Buddy Bars (Posted by: Natalie - March 5, 2000)

1 ripe banana
1 cups (approx.) Cheerios type cereal
1 egg (shell and all, cleaned)
1/3 cup chunky applesauce
cup crunchy peanut butter
1/3 cup raisins (optional)

Place the Cheerios in a ziplock baggie and crush with a rolling pin - ONLY SLIGHTLY
(enough to be broken into small pieces, not pulverized into dust!). Mush the banana well
in a large bowl and add all the other ingredients, stirring well. Spoon into a lightly greased
8 or 9 inch square pan and bake for about 45 minutes at 300. Allow to cool and cut into
bars, depending on your bird's size. Buddy, my conure, LOVES these!

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[6]. Crunchy Treat for a Picky Tiel (Posted by: Sommer Jones - March 27, 2000)
My cockatiel, Xena is a very picky eater and loves crunchy treats. So I made up this recipe
for her. The amounts are very approx. as it depends on how many birds you have. I only
have one so this made about 25 or so little cakes.

eggshells from 2 eggs, pulverized and sterilized in oven


small carrot, scrubbed well, skin on, grated
cup creamy peanut butter
some honey
bird's favorite pellets (I use Kaytee Exact for Cockatiels)
Kaytee Garden Veggie Treat (pick out sunflower seeds since they don't work well in
recipe)
1 egg yolk, some egg white (from the eggshells you used)
sesame seed

Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Spread on ungreased cookie sheet about
inch thick, and form sort of a squarish mound of it. Bake in 250 degree oven 45min.
Halfway through cooking, score into small pieces, so you have about 25 or so. Finish
cooking; remove from oven, let cool completely. Remove from cookie sheet, transfer to
plate and break up into pieces. Offer your tiel one or two pieces every week. Discard any
uneaten portion from treat dish after a week. I keep mine on a plate wrapped in plastic
wrap and this treat keeps well for several weeks in a cool, dry place. Xena enjoys picking
this treat apart and eating it throughout the day.

[7]. Cuttlebone treat! (Posted by: Darcy - January 3, 1999)

Cuttlebone
Jar of honey (for sub use Peanut butter)
1 cup seeds (any kind your bird likes)
Nutty Buddy seeds OPT

On a paper plate pour SOME honey, pour the seeds in and mix well. Next put some of the
Nutty Buddy mix in. Spread honey on the cuttlebone. Put the seeds on it.
Now Freeze the cuttlebone for about half an hour so all of the seeds are stuck. Set in
room temperature until it isn't freezing. Give it to your birds, they will love it! You can also
chop the seeds in little pieces for little babies. I hope your bird likes it, mine does!

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[8]. Finchie Favorite Seed Sticks (Posted by: Elizabeth Rackley - July 25, 1998)
I invented a recipe my finches love! (Other birds will enjoy these, too!) You need honey,
seeds (any seeds your birds desire) and a large mixing bowl.
Mix honey and seeds together in large mixing bowl. Then, wrap in aluminum foil, leaving
the top uncovered. Now, place in oven heated to 225F for about 1 hour. Place in cage an`
watch `em go!

[9]. Fun bird treat! (Posted by: tiel owner - October 31, 1998)
This is a really easy to make treat for birds. Cut half a bagel into four pieces. Take one of
the pieces and spread peanut butter all over it. Then dip the piece into some bird seed so
that it is covered with them. Then stick on some raisins or anything else that is small and
healthy for your bird. This is a bit messy, but your bird will love it!

[10]. Green Popcorn (Posted by: Angie - November 8, 1997)

Air Popped popcorn or corny cobbers


Spirulina or Super Bluegreen Algae

Put popcorn in a plastic bag and add enough powdered algae to coat popcorn. Serve as a
nutritional snack.

[11]. Hanging Treat (Posted by: Anna Leigh - January 22, 1998)
Take some peanut butter. Spread it on a pine cone. Roll the pine cone in your birds food
mix. Hang using a twisty tie. Then hang from the bird cage..! My cockatiel Tess loves it!

[12]. Healthy Seed Bells (By: Jude Vaughan - July 5, 1997)

small terracotta pots


microwave-safe plastic wrap or plastic oven bag
length of firm wire (coat-hanger type is fine)
birdseed of your choice (measure it dry in your chosen pots to gauge amount needed)
two egg whites per cup of birdseed (or thereabouts)
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Method: Prepare pots by lining them with microwave-safe wrap or oven bag. Bend the
end of the wire that goes into the seed bell into a closed loop (so that birds and/or leg
rings can't get caught on it when most of the bell has been eaten).
Beat egg whites until white and fluffy but still liquid - you're not making a meringue. Mix
beaten egg whites and bird seed in a bowl until all seed is coated, and then spoon the
mix into the prepared pots, patting it down firmly. Push the uncoiled end of the wire
through center of mix in pot then out of the drainage hole until looped end rests flat on
top of mixture, then push loop slightly into mixture.
Place on an oven shelf set high enough to allow wire to hang free. Cook for approximately
60-90 minutes in a very cool oven or longer if pots are larger size. The important thing is
not to burn the mixture and slow cooking is needed to set it firmly.
Cooked bells will slip easily from pots, peel away the plastic wrap while they're still warm
but don't handle the wire until it has cooled. Using a pair of pliers, twist exposed wire end
to form a hook for hanging in the aviary.
Handy tip - Sometimes if you use large seeds in your mixture, the widest part of the bell
which is exposed during cooking will become slightly crumbly. This only happens for a
centimeter or two, but if they are to be given away, and you want a less 'rustic'
appearance, just spoon the mixture into the pot as usual, but mix another beaten egg
white with seeds for the last few centimeters and cook as instructed above. This extra
'adhesive' keeps the top layer very firm.
Hope this keeps your birds happy, and solves the problem for those who don't relish using
PVA (although it's not toxic) as a binder. I for one would prefer to eat egg white to wood
glue!

[13]. Home-made Avi-Cakes (Posted by: Kerri - October 15, 1998)


Mix seeds, crushed cheerios, crushed pellets, and honey together in a bowl. You can also
add any fruits or veggies if you want. Put the mixture in mini-muffin trays and cook at
225 F for 45 minutes. Let it cool and give it to your "kids". They love it!

[14]. Homemade Bird Treats (Posted by: Linda Loerzel - March 4, 1999)
Mix 2 cups crushed cheerios (or shreddies if you don't have cheerios), 2 cups crushed
pellets, and 2 cups assorted seeds (I like to use colorful seeds for the bigger birds along
with parrot premium). Add 1 cup honey and stir until mixture is wet throughout but not
soggy. Maybe a little more or a little less honey. Corn syrup can also be used if you run
out of honey.

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Pour onto cookie sheet and spread out. Bake 225 for 40 to 45 minutes depending on
where you live. I live 2000 ft above sea level so baking time differs. If it is near a holiday
you may want to divide into sticks and place a tongue depressor in the center and later
drill a hole through the tongue depressor so you can tie to the cage. If using the cookie
sheet, halfway through the baking I take out and score with a knife so it is easier to cut
when baked. My birds love it.

[15]. Honey Creations (Posted by: Brenna - September 16, 1999)

cup of honey (liquid)


seed or pellets
popsicle stick with yarn tied to it

Take honey then get a small mold or cup and fill with seed. Get a Popsicle stick with yarn
tied to it and push it down into the seed or pellets and hold it there. Then pour the honey
into the cup or mold and let harden.

[16]. Parakeet Treat (Posted by: Katherine Booth - August 17, 1997)

4 oz. sunflower seeds (without the shells work best)


1 cup cooked brown rice
a tones container of sesame seeds
2 hard-boiled eggs chopped
4 oz grapes, quartered.

Mix all the ingredients together. This makes 4 cups worth of food. I freeze it in batches of
1 cup. My parakeets love it. Enjoy!

[17]. Parrotlet Edible Car- a tasty source of veggies, fruits, & treats (Posted by:
Rachel - April 14, 1998)
Ingredients:

two large carrots


a couple of raisins
celery stick cut in half
peanut butter (chunky or creamy)
toothpicks

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Take one carrot and cut it so it will look like "wheels". Stick the toothpicks into them for
later use. Take the other carrot and spread the peanut butter on it.
Then rest the celery stick on the peanut butter/carrot. Spread some more peanut butter
on top of the celery stick and sprinkle the raisins on it. Last, stick the toothpick wheels on
the sides of the carrot.
*** Supervise your bird when down to the wheels - just in case

[18]. Peanut Butter Seed Bar (Posted by: Brenna - June 4, 2000)

Peanut butter
Your birds favorite seed
Cardboard paper towel tube or something like it with holes punched in sides
String

Tie string to cardboard tube through the holes, then spread peanut butter all over the
paper tube. Then roll it in the seed and there ya go!

[19]. Seed Sticks (Posted by: David - May 2, 1998)


My Timneh loves the seed sticks that I make from pancake batter. I dilute the leftover
batter and mix in pulverized sterilized eggshells, pellets, and mixed seed. I cook it in a
lightly oiled skillet until it is set enough to handle and then slice into sticks. I bake the
sticks in a warm oven until they are solid. I'm sure that the mix could be poured into any
kind of mold and baked, skipping the skillet step.

[20]. Sweet Potato Balls (Posted by: Georgeann Suthers - June 14, 1996)
1 large sweet potato, microwaved till soft, cup raisins, 1 mashed banana, 1 cup mixed
fresh or frozen mixed vegetables, 1 cup diced apples, 1 cup uncooked oatmeal, corn
flakes or granola cereal.
Mix all together and add enough fruit or vegetable juice to make it form small balls.
Freeze balls individually. Defrost and serve.

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