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Birds will not out-live you unless they are fed a good and healthy diet. Orange and dark green vegetables are high in vitamin A and very healthy! PLEASE read our "mash" page for more information on diet and the importance of Vitamin A. We wean our babies onto slightly cooked sweet potatoes and carrots, corn, green beans, peas, broccoli, cucumber, soybean, sprouts, mango, cantaloupe, honey dew, apple, grapes with seeds, hard boiled eggs with shells on (crushed in food processor), kale and romaine.

When your new baby is young, place the dish low in the cage and raise it gradually to where you would like it to be. Your bird’s daily vegetables should be picked up a couple hours after they are put down so your bird doesn’t get a bacterial infection. When you bring home your new baby, it should get a veggie dish 2-3 times per day. As the bird grows older, you only have to give them a dish once a day. When you bring your produce home, make sure that you wash it. You want to get all the pesticides off. All day long, we leave available for our parrots a dish of seed and pellets. There are many good pellets, but we prefer Zupreem, Roudy Bush (click here to read about Ethoxyquin) and Pretty Bird.

There is nothing more critical than a "balanced" diet. I personally don't believe the actual pellet really matters. For the most part all the "premium" brands are about the same. When I talk about premium I am referring to Zupreem, Roudybush, Lafeber, Mazuri, and such. Not some brand that somebody dreamed up that has no history or research behind them. There has been a recent study done on know seed eaters like Cockatiels that were placed on a pellet only diet. After some time they developed kidney failure and or liver damage. It is coming out that birds need more than just pellets. Please don't fall for the marketing propaganda of some of the manufactures. Pellets are a good part of a well balanced diet. However, they need other things in their diets like green's, seeds, fruits, spouts, pasta, etc.

 If you feed your bird plain seed, they can “pick out the ice cream and leave the green beans.” Pellets have everything in one. They can’t pick them apart. Think of them in relation to us. We don't eat just dry Cheerio's everyday all day. We have to eat other foods to get all the critical nutrients that our bodies need. Parrots are no different........ If you feed your bird plain seed, they can “pick out the ice cream and leave the green beans.” Pellets have everything in one. The birds can’t pick the pellets apart.

Here are a few web sites with good articles
http://www.qi-whiz.com/pu/pate.html

http://www.holisticbirds.com/Hbn02/autumn02/pages/foodpp3.htm

http://www.parrothouse.com/pamelaclark/feeding.html

Mom cooks better for our birds than she does for us!! We’ll come out to the kitchen and say, "OH! What’s for dinner?” And Mom will say,"It’s not for you! It’s for the birds!” :) Here are some recipes that she uses:

Bird Bread

Jiffy Corn Bread - 1 box
2 eggs
1/2 cup of their favorite seed / pellets
1/2 cup milk
1 cup vegetables (chopped / grated)

NOTE: You can also add cooked rice (all flavors, like wild rice, brown rice, white is alright too), noodles, beans. Just remember to cook with no salt), they also love a small amount to peppers and green bell pepper.

Lightly grease 8" x 8" pan, and line with waxed paper. Mix all the ingredients together to form a batter, pour into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 - 30 minutes. When cool, remove the waxed paper and cut into serving size pieces.

Can be frozen and used when needed or treat time! Your baby will love it!



Sharon’s Veggie Puff

1 cup cooked broccoli florets
1/2 Sweet Dumpling (or other) squash, cooked and seeded, flesh removed from rind
1 egg, including the shell, if desired
1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
1 Tablespoon Bob's Red Mill 8 or 12 grain hot cereal, uncooked

Run all this through the food processor until you have a fine puree, about 2 minutes on high. Pour into an appropriately sized microwaveable dish sprayed with Pam. Place a paper towel across the top and then a nice glass casserole lid if you have one. Microwave on 70% for about 5-6 minutes, or until the puff pulls away from the side of the dish and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.

You can make this as is if you have multiple types of birds, and then dish out a portion and kind of mush into it some seeds, pellets, or whatever. Or, if you have just one type of bird or they all get the same stuff, you can put it in before cooking. Either way, cool before serving.

I did a similar one yesterday using sweet potatoes and carrots. So far, they are going over pretty well.

Here is another one from Sharon…I think I want to live at her house

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread

4 oz jar Apple Yogurt Breakfast baby food (Earth's Best Organic)
1 egg with shell, washed
1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
2 Tablespoons uncooked cereal mix (Bob's Red Mill 8-Grain Wheat free Hot
Cereal, for instance)
1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 Tablespoons wheat flakes (Bob's Red Mill Rolled Wheat)
1 packet instant oatmeal with apples and cinnamon

Place first five ingredients in blender or food processor and blend
thoroughly. While that is blending, open the oatmeal into a sieve and
shake, allowing most of the sugar to be eliminated. Spray a small
microwave bowl with Pam, and pour the liquid in. Stir in the oatmeal and
wheat flakes. Microwave for approximately 6 minutes at medium, until the
sides pull away from the bowl and a toothpick inserted into the center
comes out clean.

Leave the eggshell off and the sugar in, and it's good for people, too!

Home Made Nutriberry-Like Treat

1 cup of dried fruit
2 tablespoon of coconut
1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of seeds and /or crushed nuts
2 Tablespoons of peanut butter
1 Tablespoon of honey or molasses

Blend all the dry ingredients in a food processor until chopped
finely. Place mixture into a bowl; add peanut butter and honey or
molasses. Mix very well and the mixture is sticky. Roll mixture into
small 1/2 ball and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for about 20
minutes. Cool and serve. They are very good. If you use molasses
they are very dark in color. For US$7/- of ingredients and recipe
times 4 about 90 balls are got.

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