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#240589 - 12/22/11 05:12 PM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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Oh my god, this is a godsend! I don't have a food processor, so I manually fine dice/chop the ingredients and boil them in a bit of water. It took a few tries, but Springer finally ate something fresh! I decided to start slow with only a few ingredients: bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, rice, melons, apple, and watermelon. It was only a few nibbles, but I was over the moon.

I even took the water, chilled it, and put it in her water dish so she gets, um, 'essence of veggies'? So even if she's not eating much of the vegetables, she's still drinking the vegetable water.

#240598 - 12/22/11 09:56 PM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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Gonna try this for my babies- great idea


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#240621 - 12/23/11 07:44 AM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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Concocted a "Christmas Dinner" special variation on this: dumped the crumbs and dust from a bag of pellets into the food processor, added a handful of almonds, and ran it until it was pretty fine, then dumped into another bowl, where I added a cup of whole-grain flour, half a cup of cornmeal, and half a cup of whole amaranth.
Replaced the food processor container on the machine, and chopped up about a cup of broccoli with a cup of fresh cranberries, two eggs-with-shells, half a can of (rinsed to remove salt) beet slices, and a couple of tablespoons of molasses. Put the wet stuff over the dry stuff, and baked it briefly at 350F then allowed it to cool in the oven. I stirred is a couple of times during the baking, and removed it when it was "chewy" rather than "hard". Looks something like granola, with red-and-green inclusions.

It's sort of halfway between bird-bread and Chop, and I serve it with a "side" of cooked sweet potato, and it is enthusiastically devoured.
The amaranth is very tiny, but each grain, like popcorn, sort of explodes when exposed to heat, so there's no need for leavening.


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#240967 - 01/06/12 12:38 AM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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So...this may seem like a stupid question...but Im new! How much...how often? I got the part about removing the 1-2 hours after to avoid the yuks. My new U2 seems to try everything so Im anxious to start her on the chop. Should she also have something else in another bowl? Her past owner had her on a mix of "whatever" and she really only want the sunflower seeds. Im trying to get her used to pellets. Any help would be great!

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#240968 - 01/06/12 01:06 AM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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clowangel,

Essence of Veggie - what a great idea! I love that and will try it!! laugh


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#250732 - 02/16/13 04:39 PM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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This sounds like something similar I used to make for my sugar gliders only with more fruit. They loved it.

I only have one U2. How much is the portion size? Do you freeze in 1/2 cup size I'm guessing. Served warm or cold daily? I am anxious to try. She can be so picky at times. Hummus I have never tried to see if she likes it. Do you just buy the plain in the store like Whole Foods or do you make it (and how).

#252754 - 07/28/13 06:38 PM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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The above link is a good site to visit, as well as



I has never really heard of "chop" before, but now cannot wait to give it a try. Isabelle, my U2, has to be the fussiest eater in the world. I really hope that this works smile (if not, maybe she can be shamed into eating it by the 'tiles and budgies that I also have!)

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#252755 - 07/29/13 12:11 AM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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Ruby welcome to Mytoos. I removed the links, we have a standard rule that we try to abide by and that is that we don't link to any business. Chop recipes are great. There are a ton of folks out there offering them for free. Check out chop recipes on Facebook also in some of the parrot diet pages.


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#252811 - 08/02/13 11:09 AM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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Can I feed my birds with chop recipes with bean and seed sprouts plus some proteins like hard boiled eggs with shell or some cooked lean meat but without pallets? Is alright to do that?

#252813 - 08/02/13 12:55 PM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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I would leave out the meat and eggs. Give eggs separately.

#252816 - 08/02/13 03:14 PM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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oh yes, definitely.

I been reading a number of post, I have to say to the Cockatoo parents here: You guys/girls are such a fantastic Cockatoo owners. You have all my respects (deep from my heart)!!!!!

It's kind of off from the topic....sorry. I just got to tell everyone of you, I admire your commitment to your pets!! I hope I will be a good mama to my parrots in the future.

#252933 - 08/16/13 12:04 AM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: RubyC]  
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An update on my efforts at "Chop." We (my husband and I) spent a WHOLE day shopping for the best organic produce (grains and veggies), chopping, cooking, mixing and then freezing. We were not looking for a miracle food, only one which would allow a bigger variety of fresh foods in Isabelle (our U2's) diet. Well, she takes a bite, pushes most of it out of her beak with her tongue, and then picks at a few bits of the chop before pushing the dish away. She is SUCH a fussy eater! I won't give up, though. My cockatiels are so good, they eat the chop as soon as we put it in, but they are not shaming her into eating what is good for her wink

We do feed Isabelle other forms of fresh foods, but find that the only way she will eat this is to be hand-fed. We adopted her from a rescue, and I find that most of my day is spent trying to feed the 'too! Any suggestions would be gratefully received crazy

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#252934 - 08/16/13 01:30 AM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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One thing I've found is that if there is too much of a variety they seem reluctant to try the new items. Sometimes I'll add a new item to their evening dish.

Just remember want is loved today is hated tomorrow. What hated today is their favorite tomorrow.

Just keep adding.

#252945 - 08/17/13 04:07 AM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Elliott]  
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Originally Posted By: Elliott


Just remember want is loved today is hated tomorrow. What hated today is their favorite tomorrow.

Just keep adding.


Ain't it the truth!


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#253126 - 09/03/13 11:46 PM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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Hello all,

Thanks so much for your help with this smile I have now had to do a little chop in the morning, and then feed a variety of stuff throughout the day. I was not looking for an easy out, but was just worried that Isabelle wasn't getting enough fresh food (she is really fussy, and sometimes I end up hand-feeding her so that she will eat. Maybe I'm wrong about how much a bird her size should eat, but my cockatiels seem to eat more than her!) After looking at other posts, I see that fussy eater and 'too's go together. I will keep trying...watch out, Isabelle smile

#258623 - 07/12/15 05:18 PM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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Is it ok to add steel cut oats, raisins and dried cranberries to the mixture??

#258624 - 07/12/15 10:22 PM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: SusylovesGerdie]  
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Steel cut oats or any oat is fine. Dried fruit is alright in moderation. They contain large amounts of sugar. Some are better than others. I think cranberries are pretty good. You can Google "dried fruit nutritional data". It is surprising how much sugar is in some of them.

#258635 - 07/17/15 01:22 AM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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Also watch the sulphites used to preserve the dried fruit. I only use dried fruit that is sulphite free, plus it tastes so much better:) They can cause sensitivities in some people and probably animals as well. Anyone with respiratory issues should avoid them as well. Sulphite free fruit is found at health food stores. Without the sulphites fruit such as apricots are brown when dried instead of orange.


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#260232 - 12/28/16 09:44 PM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Jacque]  
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Is this all raw... or cooked?

#260233 - 12/29/16 03:36 AM Re: Chop Recipe [Re: Ragnars mom]  
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Originally Posted By Ragnars mom
Is this all raw... or cooked?


Depends on what ingredients you are using and which way your bird prefers them.


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