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15 Bean Soup

Posted by: Kathy Johnson kjohnson@ddc.com March 8, 1997

1 package 15 bean soup
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 leakproof containers. May be frozen in 3 day serving sized containers, and thawed before use.


Baileys Birdie Salad

Posted by: Erica - mam7@wave.home.com - October 13, 1998

1 apple cut up into pieces of different sizes
1 jalepeno 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 colours. 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!!


Bean, Rice and Veggie Mix

Posted by: Karen - zachariasenk@ripon.edu - 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 serving-sized 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)
1/4 cup birdseed
1/4 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
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 consistancy. Freeze into serving sized pieces. Makes about 60 ice-cube sized pieces (a good meal size for cockatiels, quakers, small conures, etc).


Beans And Rice

Posted by: Kathy Johnson kjohnson@ddc.com March 8, 1997

1/4 cup pinto beans
1/4 cup kidney beans
1/4 cup split peas
1/4 cup lentils
1/4 cup navy beans
1/4 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, 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.


Bird Beans

Posted by: Carolyn Jo - July 7, 2001

Buy multi-bean soup mix or mix your own using 1 lb. bags of navies, pintos, baby limas, black turtle beans, kidney beans, garbanzos, black-eyed peas and any others you find.

Soak 2 cups mixed dried beans overnight in cold water, drain and add fresh water for cooking. Add 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon dehydrated minced garlic or 2 to 3 tablespoons minced fresh garlic (or the pre-minced you buy in jars). Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer for an hour or so. Rinse 1/4 c. dried green split peas and 1/4 cup dried lentils, add to pot and simmer for another half hour.

Optional addition: I purchase premium pigeon grains containing no cracked corn from the feed store and add 1/2 cup to the beans for soaking. A good pigeon grain will have milo and various peas, plus a little whole popcorn, but no cracked corn. When done, cool, drain and package in plastic bags and freeze.


Bird Sandwich

Posted by: Katie - June 28, 2004

1 slice whole wheat bread
1 jar vegetable baby food
chopped veggies and nuts

Spread the baby food on the bread about 1/8" thick. Add chopped nuts and/or veggies and let your bird enjoy!
*My green-cheeked conure likes the "salsa" variety. To do:mix tomato, carrot, and broccoli baby food together and spread on bread. Add chopped pepper, lettuce, and almonds on top.


Bird Shells

Posted by: Mary K Wilson - birdystory@dwx.com - October 8, 2000

cooked large pasta shells (use the leftovers from your human recipe)
2 eggs
1 scoop (I use the blue Kaytee scoops) seeds

After cooking the large pasta shells, scramble the 2 eggs, shells and all, and cook in a coffee mug in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Dump the "egg loaf" into a bowl and mash with a fork. Stir in a scoop of your bird's favorite seeds or treat. Spoon 1 to 2 teaspooons of the mix into each shell. Serve to your parrot as a treat. You may refrigerate or freeze the extra. You may also substitute your bird's favorite foods for the filling. Enjoy!


Birdie Goulash

Posted by: Skye Weber - skye4birds@SKYEWEB.COM - June 8, 1997

I start with a bag of frozen vegetables. While they are thawing, I start cooking beans (different types on different days), biggest first, and adding the smaller ones that need to be cooked less. When they're done, I cook the pasta (and/or rice -- brown and/or white -- 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 less birds, I used an ice tray and put the individual servings in each "cube" so they could be thawed and used as needed.


Birdie Lunch

Posted by: Julia Waldman - August 6, 2003

1 part small red beans
1 part hulled millet
1 part lentils
1 part brown rice
1 part chopped walnuts

Cook the beans, millet, lentils, and rice and mix together with walnuts. Add any other additions you think of such as egg, carrots, etc. Freeze and thaw in microwave.


Birdie Veggie Pita

Posted by: Julette Plummer - Julespa@aol.com - January 21, 1999

corn or flour tortillas
can of corn
eggs
white or wild rice
romaine lettuce
and 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!


Brown Rice and Veggies

Posted by: Carolyn Jo - July 7, 2001

Cook 1 cup brown rice according to package directions. Allow to cool and add 1 pound mixed veggies. Toss and freeze in plastic bags.

I double the recipe and use 1 pound regular mixed vegetables (peas, green beans, corn, limas, carrots) and 1 pound of stir-fry vegetables (asparagus, brocolli, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, bell pepper - the greater the variety, the better). I have small birds as well as large birds, so I use a heavy knife and chopping board and break the frozen veggie pieces into smaller ones before I mix them in.

Brown rice is eaten by the pickiest of birds, and if you have trouble getting veggies into your bird, you can process the frozen vegetables almost to a puree and mix with the rice. If they like the rice, they generally will not turn it down because of the vegetable flavor.


Casper's Roni and Veggies

Posted by: gina maldonado - babycasper@webtv.net - July 14, 1998

Cook any macaroni shapes - 3 small (dixie bathroom size) cups. While cooking, add 2 "cups" frozen mixed vegatables. Cook until done, drain, add 1/4 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.


Cheesy Pasta Surprise

Posted by: Lorien Carrillo - carrillo@community.net - June 16, 1999

1 lb bag of small elbow macaroni
1/2-1 lb cheddar (or your preference) cheese, shredded or small cubes
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 yu want, you can mix in sprouts, pellets, or whatever you'd like to add. I don't...they love it just like this.


Chela's Rice Ball Surprise

Posted by: Chela's Mommy - October 3, 2001

Boil 2 cups of white rice until it is sticky. Wait about half an hour for it to cool enough to handle. Fill a metal bowl with cold water and set off to the side.

Chop about 20-30 bite sized pieces of your bird's favorite veggie treat. Once the rice is cool enough to handle, take a small amount and flatten it in your palm, place veggie treat in center, cover with more sticky rice. Wet hands with cold water and roll into small, talon-sized balls, just big enough for your bird to hold. Repeat until rice is gone. Makes between 20 and 30 balls, depending on size. These can be frozen and re-heated in the microwave as desired.


Complete Eclectus Soft Food Mix

Posted by: Christine - AnimalPerson101@hotmail.com - March 15, 2002

This is a mix I feed to my eclectus very often to maintain his nutrition. There are many ways to prepare this, using dried, canned, or frozen foods. I prefer dried and canned.

* 1/2 cup beans (Mix red beans, pinto, kidney, garbanzo and others. Eclectus parrots favor garbanzo beans for some reason.)
* 1/4 cup corn
* 1/4 cup Yellow popcorn
- 1/4 cup of brown rice
- 1/4 cup of white rice
- 1 sweet potato
- 1/2 cup of raisins, cranberries, etc.
- 1/2 cup of carrots, chard, etc.
- 1/4 cup of seeds
- 1/4 cup of oatmeal

Soak the starred items overnight in 2 cups water. In the morning boil the beans, then turn the heat low and wait until they are so soft that you can mash them in your hands. Make sure the beans have water at all times until they are almost ready. Boil the brown rice in 3/4 cup of water, adding water as needed. Cover the rice on low heat as soon as the rice starts boiling. Turn off heat as soon as it's puffy and soft. Do the same with the white rice, but only add 1/2 cup at first. As you cook both of the rices, drop in some mashed up, fresh, sweet potatoes and stir occassionally. During cooking also add the oatmeal and the rest of the ingredients. Turn off heat and mix all the ingredients. Your eclectus or other bird should love this mix.

This mix may be tailored to your bird's personal tastes. I suggest taking edible, naturally grown, edible flowers and putting them in the dish to be relished by your bird and to give it that extra touch of perfection!
For storage I freeze my mix. I have found that refrigeration is not as good because within 2 days I will find mold in the mix. Always check to make sure there are no foreign objects or mold in your mix. Your bird could get very sick!


Cous-cous with Veggies

Posted by: Jessica - kusine@yahoo.com - May 24, 1999

1 2/3 cup water
1 cup cous-cous
1 medium tomato (or a handful of cherry/grape tomatoes)
1 small onion (or 4-5 spring onions, if you prefer)
1/2 green pepper
1/2 sweet red pepper
1/2 cup corn (frozen or fresh off the cob)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp basil, oregano, or Italian seasoning
1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

First, boil water. When water boils, stir in cous-cous, cover, and *remove from heat*. Allow to sit for five minutes. While cous-cous soaks, dice tomatoes, onion, and peppers. Combine with remaining ingredients and saute lightly (adding a little butter, margarine, or olive oil, if neccessary). When cous-cous 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.


Donna's Birdy Brunch

Posted by: donna - dbartl3260@aol.com - February 15, 1998

2-3 eggs.
1 cup frozen veggies
Whole bag of minute rice
1 1\2 cups of noodles.

Boil eggs boil 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.


Emilie's Birdie Soup

Posted by: Emilie Flack - emwtbonnie@yahoo.com - June 10, 1999

1/4 cup fresh/washed veggies (your choice-finely chopped)
1-3 hard boiled egg(s) finely chopped
1 jar baby food (veggies-your choice)
1/4 ground-up mineral block
Any type parakeet seed (your bird's fave)

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.


Frozen Pasta, Corn and Crushed Red Pepper

Posted by: Madeline - mphillips@asimplebiz.com - February 2, 2002

1 cup of pasta cooked and drained well
1 1/2 cup of frozen corn
1 Tbsp of oil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

My grey named Joli, loves this recipe and only when frozen so its crunchy!!! Mix well and freeze. Then feed frozen. This will keep for a while because it's frozen.


Grains, Pasta, & Veggie Mix

Posted by: Bobbi Brinker - BobbiB@ParrotTalk.com March 11, 1997

1 cup several different grains. Cook separately so there will be many flavors.
1 cup cooked pasta (orzo) - 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
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 refirigerator. Remaining baggies can be stored frozen for an indefinite period.


Hawaiian Sweet Potato Polenta

Posted by: Carolyn Jo - July 7, 2001

Bake, boil or microwave an 8 oz. sweet potato; cool enough to handle, peel and mash, but don't puree.

Bring to a rapid boil 1 cup pineapple-orange juice and 2 cups water. While stirring, gradually pour in 1 cup corn meal. Reduce heat to low and stir until it thickens. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup tabouleh (cracked bulgar wheat - optional) and the sweet potato. Mix thoroughly. Pour into glass baking dish (I use a 9" Pyrex pie plate) and refrigerate until set firm. Cut into squares and freeze.


Jeff's Bird Salad

Posted by: Jeff - April 28, 2002

Your bird will love this Salad. You will need: Crackers, Lettuce, Cheese, Apple, Orange, and a Hard Boiled Egg.

Put the lettuce in a bowl, crush up 1 or 2 crackers in the same bowl, then cut up some cheese and put it in. Cut an apple into little pieces, then same with the orange. Mash the hard boiled egg up and put it in the bowl with everything else, then stir it around. Your bird will love this treat.


John Sielke's Veggie & Egg Mix

Posted by: John Sielke - jsielke@algorithms.com - 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)
1/2 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, 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, smaller guys get 1 to 1 1/2 tbs)


Kirbys Mexican Delight

Posted by: M.McGre - DMcGre111@aol - November 22, 2000

You will need a small portion of a ripped soft taco, refried or black beans, and some shredded cheese. Put the beans and the cheese together on the taco then fold the taco so it is a square shape with no open edges.

My conure, Kirby loves these. He can get somewhat messy but not too bad.


Mash, It's What's For Breakfast

Posted by: Corinna Krueger - birdcage@greenheart.com - 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.


Millet Sprouts

Posted by: Kerri - lonnaward@msn.com - October 3, 1998

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 more healthy. Once the sprouts turn green, give it to the birds! They'll love it! Have fun!


Milo's Hollywood Dinner

Posted by: Catherine Joubert - catherinejoubert@hotmail.com - June 24, 2004

Ingredients:
Various grains (wild rice and millet or brown rice and quinoa)
Nutritious veggies (sweet potato, carrot, red pepper, kale, broccoli, etc.)
Thawed frozen beans (any kind)
Fresh parsley (optional)
A pinch of cayenne pepper and garlic powder (not garlic salt)
A tiny pinch of Spirulina powder (optional)

Cook the grains until they are ready. In a mini-chopper or a food processor, grind the veggies and beans into tiny little pieces (to make a mash). Once the grains have cooled down, mix in the veggies. Add the spices and mix well.

Serve warm. It's yummy and your fids will finish their plate for sure! They all love the kick that the Cayenne pepper brings! This is a good recipe for picky eaters who stay away from vegetables.


Murph's Mash

Posted by: William Murphy - November 3, 2003

Shopping List:
4-5 medium to large sweet potatoes
1 can of low sodium Pumpkin (optional)
2 eggs
1 cup chopped Pecans
1 cup chopped Walnuts
1 small can crushed pineapple (no sugar)
1 cup Raisins
1 small bag frozen chopped greens (or any other veggies, fresh or frozen, you want your bird to eat)
cinnamon to taste
vanilla extract to taste

Take four or five medium to large sweet potatoes, peel them, and cut into quarter inch slices. Put the slices into a large pan with a TIGHT fitting lid with 1 to 1/2 cups of water. {The taters are going to be steamed and not boiled. This prevents the water soluble beta carotene from being wasted. The beta carotene is essential to our fildred and this is the primary reason for feeding this concoction.}

Add cinnamon to taste (one or two teaspoons), vanilla extract to taste (again, one or two teaspoons) and if you desire a can of pumpkin. (Make sure the pumpkin is low in sodium.) Bring to a slow boil and place the lid on the pan. Continue to steam for about 45 minutes. Donít get hung up on the time element. Simply continue to steam until the top slices are fork tender. Remove the taters from the burner and allow to cool to room temperature (more or less). This will prevent the eggs from cooking prematurely when you add them.

Soak your raisins. Raisins are coated with a sulfur compound as an anti fungicide when they are produced. It is easily removed by putting the raisins in a pan of boiling water for about an hour. You need not continue to boil the water, just add the raisins and remove from the burner.

When the taters are cooled, put into a food processor (taters and steaming fluid) and process until a smooth consistency is reached. Iím too lazy to use a processor because I have to clean it, so I use an old timey potato masher.

Drain the raisins and add to the taters. Add two eggs, a cup of chopped pecans, a cup of chopped walnuts, a small can of crushed pineapple (juice and all), and mix well. Cara (my good buddy from MT) goes nuts at this point and itís a good practice. She adds chopped greens and other alien food (alien food is defined as stuff thatís good for them). Iíve started adding a small bag of frozen chopped mixed veggies with good success.

Turn the mixture into a large baking pan thatís been coated with Pam, or vegetable oil, or peanut oil, or butter, etc. I use Pam as it adds less fat/oil to the stuff. Again, at this point Cara gets creative and puts pumpkin seeds on top of the mixture, again, a very good practice. Bake for 45 minutes in a 350 F oven. This makes a lot but it freezes well. Simply put one or two days supply in a baggie and freeze it.


Multi-Salad

Posted by: Sacha - rostam@cpol.com - 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 over night)
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.


Pasta Pellet Surprise

Posted by: susan - July 10, 2004

Soak 1/2 cup Harrisons fine pellets in 1/2-3/4 cup warm orange juice until like a gruel.
To 4 cups cooked pasta (I use small elbow macaroni) add the pellet gruel, some mashed sweet potato, slivered crushed almonds and any other vegetable(s) that appeal to your birds - fresh grated carrot, corn kernels, peas, etc. Tablespoon of peanut butter optional.
Add 1 jar of fruit baby food (apple or any other flavor). Mix should be moist. Freeze in serving sizes.


Pasta With Birdie Sauce

Posted by: Sarah A. Chilton - July 14, 2001

Ingredients:
Cooked Pasta
Smashed Cooked Carrots or Squash (sauce)
Bird's Food
Chopped Vegtables (not avacodo)

How To Make: Mix bird's food in with sauce and add chopped vegtables. Heat on low flame, stirring frequently until bird's food softens. Mix cooked pasta into the sauce and stir until sauce and pasta are blended. Take off the oven and wait until cool to serve.


Peeper Salad

Posted by: Alex - Shagadalex@aol.com - 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!!!! :)


Petrie's Vegetable Salsa

Posted by: Christine - aiko76@prodigy.net - April 25, 2000

1/4 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
3/4 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 air-tight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!


Protein Food

Posted by: Sameera - love_all_pets@hotmail.com - July 4, 2004

You need: 1 tbsp of green gram, 1 carrot, 1 cucumber, 1 tbsp coriander, half leaf romaine lettuce, 4-8 frozen peas, 4-8 frozen corn, any beans (optional, soak overnight), cuttlebone (to scrape powder).....

Put the gram in a cup or mug filled with water, microwave for 1 and 1/2 minutes. Meanwhile, grate carrot and cucumber. Squeeze out excess water from cucumber. Chop coriander and romaine lettuce finely. Quarter the peas (carefully !!), chop/mash the beans. Drain the water from the gram and put in the grinder (maybe its called blender in usa) and grind it to fine powder. Mix everything in an airtight container for storage later. Scrape the cuttlebone with a sharp knife. Apply pressure or else it will merely rise up in the air as dust. Mix it well. Serve to your birds. Store in the freezer for later use. This mixture lasts about a week for my 2 budgies. Vary ingrediants according to size of bird and appetite. Marie and Andre love it !!!


Rice and Egg

Posted by: Jerry - iron jerry@aol.com - 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 eggfood about 3 times a week but I have 100 birds. You could freeze in plastic bags. I also add corn or mixed vegtables and sometimes juice along with the water.


Soft Food Mix For Eclectus

Posted by: Carolyn Swicegood - Carolyn@LandofVos.com - 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, wheatberries, barley, whole oats, pasta, nuts, and 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.


Soft Foods Recipe

Posted by: Maggie Meyers - PurplWings@AOL.COM - 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 abut 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 collander 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.


Somba's Supreme Rice Dish

Posted by: Tami King - stormy0@flash.net - October 4, 1999

2 cups brown minute rice (pre-cooked)
2 cups thawed frozen peas & carrots
2 eggs scrambled
1/2 cup celery chopped
1 1/2 cups of chopped leeks
1 cup chick peas (garbanzos)
1/2 cup pinneapple chunks
3 tbs red palm oil

We precook all ingredients and then blend together. Garbanzo beans must be soaked over night, and then cooked until firm yet tender. Add spices of your choice. We chose cinnamon. Our Amazons love this dish. Give it a try.


Sporty's Peanut Butter Rice

Posted by: Nell Clayton - April 10, 2001

1/2 cup of white or brown rice
1 cup of water
1/2 tsp of butter
1 tbsp of peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
1/2 tsp of honey (optional)

Cook rice in water with butter until done. Add peanut butter immediately after turning rice off, so that it melts and mix thoroughly. Dribble honey into mixture and mix thoroughly. I sprinkle about 1/2 to 1 tsp of this rice over their food, whatever it is (I layer all kinds of goodies when I feed), and I give this to all my birds, from budgie to cockatoos to lories. They all love it.


Stormy's Spaghetti

Posted by: Tammy King - stormy0@flash.net - September 27, 1999

1 (8oz) bag lemon/basil pasta
1 (8oz) bag red bell pepper pasta
chopped cilantro
1 cup chopped zuchini
1 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup chopped spinach
fresh ripe tomatoes 8 (med size) Chopped
2 fresh jalepenos chopped
1/4 tsp garlic Powder

Cook pasta until firm 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 aprox. 2min, drain. Add all ingredients together. Serve immediately. Freeze any unused portions in small freezer bags. Our african grey Stormy relishes this special dish.


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.
1/2 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
1/4 cup corn
1/4 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.


The Ultimate Birdie Surprize!

Posted by: Tami King - stormy0@flash.net - 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 perferred)
1 cup couscous
2 cups Rottelle Vegetable pasta
2 cups Basil/ lemon pepper
pasta spirals
2 cups jalepeno redpepper 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 coucous in 1 1/2 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 1/2 cup serving size bags. Freeze immediately. Our birds go wild for this.


Tooty's Dinner-Time Carbo Munchie Delite

Posted by: Mengyao Aghamohseni - KAghamohse@aol.com - March 1, 2001

pasta.
spaghetti
carrots and/or brocolli (chopped finely)
frozen vegtables (thawed)
fresh fruits chopped finely or medium fine
garbanzo beans and/or black beans frozen(thawed or canned drained and rinsed out)
vitamin supplement or baby bird handfeeding formula(kaytee)
optional: any other goodies (chopped nuts, hard boiled eggs, peppers, etc.)
optional: baby food

Make about an amount your bird(s) will consume in a week or less.
Boil pasta and spaghetti till cooked enough. While its cooling off, add the beans, then finely chopped carrots and/or broccoli to the mix so it will release some vitamin K as well. After it has cooled, add some goodies you want in it (hard boiled eggs, chopped nuts,etc.) Add your fresh chopped fruits (apple, banana, grape, etc.), baby bird handfeeding formula, vitamins, and/or baby food.

Mix all ingredients well together. Use your hands to break the pasta and sphagetti into smaller chunky pieces, or put in a blender to mash it all up. Roll them into 1 inch balls, adding more handfeeding formula or vitamins if it gets too sticky. Serve 1 or 2 balls to your bird depending on size, and pack the rest in a freezer bag in the freezer for later use. Hope your birds enjoy this yummy, nutritious, home-made meal.

*note*:its your choice to pick a reasonable amount of each ingredient to add, but my suggestion is that half of this mix should be the pasta/spaghetti. The rest should be a little bit of fruits veggies, beans, baby bird formula, other goodies, etc. My birds like them fairly mashed but kind of chunky so I don't blend it up. It's up to you. If you have any concerns or like to share your own birdie recipe, please email me.


Warm Veggie Food

Posted by: Jean - aquarius@bellsouth.net - February 15, 1999

This recipe is enjoyed by my Cockatoo, Quaker and Cockatiels.....warm of course.

1/2 cup split peas
1/2 cup lentils
1/2 cup long grain brown rice
1 pkg. (16 oz) shoepeg corn

Boil these ingredients covered for 20 minutes, drain thoroughly. Add 1/2 to 3/4 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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