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Gourmet Recipes for Birds
Cockatiels, like people, have definite food preferences. Substitutions of some ingredients may be necessary to accommodate your birds tastes. The following recipes are high in protein, vitamins and calcium, yet are low in fat and sugar providing, a treat for the palate and the eyes.
When using fresh fruits and vegetables always wash thoroughly to remove any pesticides and/or debris. Peel the produce whenever possible.
When using canned fruits or vegetables, use low and unsalted, or low and unsweetened products.
In addition to the recipes located below, check out Ellen's great cookbook at www.abirdslife.net/cookbook.html
Toss well. Serve warm, or at room temperature. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to two-days, but warm before serving.
Toss well. Serve at room temperature. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to two-days.
Sweet Potato and Bean Casserole:
Layer a small, lightly greased baking pan first with the rice, then the yams, then the beans. Sprinkle cheese, nuts and raisins on top. Bake at 350 degrees until heated through - about 15-20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and serve.
In a blender or food processor, combine the cottage cheese, sugar or molasses, egg white, whole egg, yogurt, cinnamon and vanilla (blend well). Then combine with the noodles. Pour every thing into a greased baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes, until pudding is firm and lightly browned. Keeps well in refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Birdie Bread (recipe 1)
optional additives: sunflower seeds, berries, papaya, mango, 1-2 tablespoons non-fat powdered skim milk, 1 teaspoon dried hot peppers
Combine dry ingredients. Combine wet ingredients. Fold both ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Batter should be relatively thick (like pancake batter). If too thick, add skim milk, water or fruit juice. If too thin, add flour. Spoon into a greased muffin tin or loaf pan. Heat at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Temperatures and cooking times will vary depending on type and amount of vegetables used. Test doneness with toothpick.
When cool, slice bread and individually pack slices in plastic sandwich bags and freeze. Thaw individual bags daily, or when feeding desired. Lasts 2 months in freezer. If using the microwave to thaw, check carefully for hot spots before feeding to birds to prevent crop burn.
Birdie Bread (recipe 2)
Mix Corn Muffin Mix and eggs together until blended. Add Orange Juice and rice and mix well. Add remaining ingredients. Spread in greased 8x8 baking pan (Olive oil or ??). Cook at 400 degrees for 24 minutes. Cool to room temperature, then cut into small cubes and freeze. Thaw when ready to feed (try 1 cube per bird every other day). If using microwave to thaw, check carefully for hot spots before feeding to birds to prevent crop burn.
Birds who have been fed solely seed diets may not recognize new foods as edible. Mix in with current food, or try sprinkling seed on top of the bread, or mixed in with crumpled bread to start. Have patience. Bird will accidentally taste the bread and hopefully will learn to enjoy the treat (this may take a month or two). Replace uneaten food daily.
Pellet Food Toy
Alternate large, donut-shaped pellets (such as Pretty Bird Cockatoo sized pellets) and Cheerios on a string (or thin leather strip) and then tie-off the ends and hang it in your bird's cage. It makes for an interesting and fun toy that your bird will love to eat and destroy. The only problem with this toy is that you will then have to make several of them daily for your bird to enjoy.