Just wanted to thank you for
the great recipe! Fast, simple, colorful,
nutritious, and freezable!
My two Macaws that I got through the
LARRA Inc. rescue, absolutely
love it! I had been feeding plenty of
fruits but was having trouble
including the veggies. Thanks again
for a nutritious time saver!
Kendra Allen and Merlin and
Many people have asked me what
I feed my Cockatoos.
There are many variations
of basically the same food
group, and I experiment every
day with new foods.
Here however, is MY recipe
for my very healthy
'Toos and most ANY large parrot:
I start by purchasing 3 large bags of frozen
1 bag of "Mixed", 1 bag of Peas, and 1 bag
I then use the entire bag of "Mixed", and
half each of
the Peas and Corn. Also to this I add
diced "Sweet or Regular
Potato's. I cook this together for about
12 minutes. Do not cook too long
and allow to get mushy.
In a separate pot I cook Dried Beans for about
or so. Dried Beans (Pintos, Navy
Etc.) are one of THE
most important foods to serve! I usually
try to get about
35% beans in the veggie mixture. Again,
I usually also cook a
small pot of Wild Rice to add to
the mixture. Any combination of veggies
is usually ok.
Add what you think your bird likes.
I don't put Broccoli
in there because of the strong taste, and
the fact that my
birds hate broccoli. But I DO however
offer them broccoli
as a separate food, because some day they
to like it and of course it's good for them.
OK, we now have a somewhat
firm mixture of several
foods. Here is something I
think is important: Place
the cooked veggies in a colander and lightly
the same thing with the cooked beans and ESPECIALLY
the potatoes! Birds LOVE brightly colored
rinsing washes away the starches and "soup"
the mixture "cloudy". You then have
a bright mixture.
Note: Many people like to add 25%
to 50% pellets to the mixture as
it's cooling. It's just another great way to
serve up this attractive food.
I use Zip-Lock baggies to store the food in
I place enough in each one for a days feeding.
everyday I remove 1 bag from the freezer to
to thaw while working out of the first.
NEVER USE CANNED VEGTABLES! THEY HAVE TOO MUCH PROCESSING
NOT TO MENTION TOO MUCH SALT AND OTHER THINGS
YOUR BIRD DOESNT NEED.
PELLETS AND BREADS
My 'too's were weaned on "ZuPreem" Monkey Chow
Biscuits. My breeder friend after much
felt that this product had more of...and a
of ingredients than many of the bird products
at the time.
ZuPreem then came out with an Avian pellet
that we now
also use. It comes in many sizes for
large to small birds.
Pellets are VERY important to a birds health,
around about other good pellets also.
Harrison's Organic Bird Food is another
excellent pellet .
But be careful of some of the "cheapo's"
Get advice, ask around!
NOW ...as far as
My birds wouldn't eat a dried pellet if they
If yours will..GREAT! (see the note
above, under the photo)
We like variety and so do our birds.
Here's what I do:
Soak the pellets in any number of things until
just firm. This could be REAL
fruit juice, water etc.
If you get juice, make sure its 100% real
fruit juice with
NO added sugar! This is important!
Most juices are
nothing more than a cheap drink for kids.
Not for birds!
Once a month I mix up a heaping tablespoon
butter in a small bowl with water. I
put that in the microwave
for about a minute to get warm so that it
mixes well. I then take
my Monkey Chow biscuits or Avian pellets and
fill an old
peanut butter jar. Then I pour the peanut
butter water in and
fill. As the mixturesoaks, the water
will mostly disappear. Warm
and serve. My birds love this. But like
all of us, they WILL get
tired of the same old thing all the time.
So I also bake Bird Bread...
There are MANY recipes for baking Bird Bread.
around for advice. This is my BASIC
recipe for Bird Bread.
Use your own imagination as to what's good!
You should use an all natural grain product
best) or a variation of the recipe
below. Good luck!
I start with a box of Corn Meal Mix.
I personally don't
use "Jiffy" brand because it has too much
sugar in it.
I will however, mix a little "Jiffy" into
the main mixture
at times. I then put in a fair
amount of UNREFINED
WHEAT FLOUR. This is the stuff
with all the goodness left in.
You could also use Wheat Germ etc. I
in 2 or 3 eggs, shell and all, after washing
thoroughly ( I usually
smash up the shells to make it smoother).
point I let my imagination go. I sometimes
mix in cooked
mixed veggies for "veggie bread" or apples
or other fruit.
I sometimes add Oatmeal or Cheerios or a natural
Add water till moist. I lay this
out in a large shallow sheet pan,
and bake in the oven at about 325 for an hour.
Times and temps
vary, but this is so heavy that it cant be
cooked fast. We're not
baking a cake here folks. We only want to
make sure the
mixture is done inside. So no big deal
if the outside gets a little
crunchy. Besides, when I serve
it I always moisten the bread
with a little water anyway.
Again, if you can find an all natural grain
product, to substitute the
cornmeal that would be great. Never
use bleached flour however.
OK..... That's the basics! For every
meal you want to
serve Cooked Veggies....Raw Veggies...and
or bread of some type. Don't forget
fruits, and nuts!
And ...Oh, one more thing: Many Parrots
eat some bugs
in the wild.... so a little piece of cooked
chicken or steak
can be a real treat at times.
So do some investigation .
All birds love sprouts and it's
one of the BEST things you can give them.
Grow your own or buy them from
the pet store or supermarket. Your
birds will reward you with healthy
feathers and bright eyes!
There are hundreds of ways to provide good
nutrition to your parrots. Here is a simple food I came
up with when my U2 "Princess" wouldn't try
anything new, including the sweet potatoes I wanted
her to have. Again, use your imagination
and try variations of the following recipe:
I placed 3 medium peeled sweet potatoes,
each wrapped in a wetted paper towel in the microwave
for 5 minutes. Then I placed a half
cup of English walnuts in my food processor and ground them up.
I then cut up the cooked potatoes and placed
them in the processor and ground it all together.
Now you have a sticky mess that many parrots
wont eat, so I placed a half cup of ZuPreem fruity
pellets for PARAKEETS ( because they are so
tiny) into the bowl along with the potato-nut mixture.
After mixing well... I smoothed the mixture
out onto some aluminum foil to about 1/2 inch or so depth.
Then I took a knife and cut the mixture into
squares ( this is very easy.. just take the knife and go
side to side as you're cutting, pushing
the mixture apart) and popped it into a 400 degree oven (not
preheated) for about 10 to 15 minutes. Be careful because
you don't want to brown this mixture,
although the edges might be a little brown
(throw that away). By doing the above, you're
accomplishing two things: The tiny pellets
are soaking up some of the stickyness and adding texture,
and the cooking is adding firmness, which
makes it a much better "finger food" for your bird.
P.S... the walnuts (in my case) are simply
an enticement to get Princess to eat because she loves
them. Now that she loves this recipe..
I cut down on the nut amount.
Sweet Potato Bars
The MAIN thing is to keep your Parrot away
as much as possible. Seeds are a TREAT,
NOT to be given everyday as a staple food!
The SECOND thing I cant stress enough is to
bird away from too much salt or sugar!
bite of cookie or cracker wont hurt, but don't
make it a
habit. Avoid Chocolate and Avocados
at all cost though!
And FINALLY... Do NOT allow food to set in
dish more than 3 hours! NEVER
leave this type of food
in a dish longer than that. Look...
you SURE you want
It takes a lot of love and work!
"Thank you so much for all your
informational website. We have a Moluccan cockatoo
with a sad past. She has been with
us for over three years. She was on the verge of insanity when we got her.
It has been a real struggle to get her to eat veggies or fruit. The previous
owner just threw in her cage anything that was left around that humans
didn't eat, pizza, chips,scraps,... junk food. Her story is like many of
the poor darlins your website's stories
tell of. You
gave a recipe for mixed veggies. I went right out and bought all the ingredients
you mentioned. I had my doubts
but by golly she ate it all and loves it. She seems to have more energy
and seems far more content. I think the look of the 'veggie mixture'
for some reason appeals to her more than any other way I have presented
veggies to her before. Presentation
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