New Diet

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Usually when I am feeling depressed, i try to change a few things in my life… I get tired of being stuck in the same rut, so change helps.

This time I think I am going to change up what my birds eat. I want them to eat a more fresh diet. For two reasons… 1) it’s probably better for them… and 2) it’s cheaper… because… well 3) we waste a lot of veggies (the human we) and I order my pellets from Kathie at My Safe Bird Store and it gets expensive with shipping!!!!

Of course i’m not cutting out all pelleted foods, that would be a nightmare for people who have to watch my birds, plus pellets also have all the vitamins and minerals I may be missing.

So far, this is what I have planned. In the mornings they get my only small non-food processing version of “Chop“. I don’t have a food processor, and we have a small freezer, so I can only make small weekly portions that I can keep in my fridge, hehe. This week we had romaine lettuce, LOTS of carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, red and green peppers and some frozen veggies. Hopefully I can change it up every week. So every morning I plan on giving them about two tablespoons of that each. That’s enough for them to graze on, but not enough that it will sit in their cage all day and go bad.

I’m thinking of leaving a small bowl of pellets for them during the day, since I am away at school. That way if they are hungry they won’t starve (so paranoid of my birds starving!!!) and they still get to eat their fun pellet mixes! They love eating the nuts, and pumpkin seeds, and dehydrated fruits and veggies!

I think I might make my own instead of ordering from Kathie. As much as I ADORE her mixes (and the birds too!) the shipping is just WAY too much and they go through that mix like NUTS! Instead I might make my own, consisting of Hagen Tropimix, Pretty Bird Gold Pellets, TOPs, and Roudybush, and whatever nuts and stuff I can find at the local bulk food store.

In the evenings, I plan on making them a warm cookable food. The only problem I have with making cookables is that it is hard to make SMALL portions of it. And it’s no fun feeding the same reheated stuff every day! Makes me wish I had more birds so I can feed lots of birds at a time!

Hehe, anyways! That’s the plan. What do you think?

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3 responses »

  1. Sounds good! Do your birds have any favorite foods? (Other than the ‘junk foods’) 🙂

    • Douglas, my caique, LOVES any kind of fruit. He goes GAGA for fruit and LOVES hot hot hot peppers! My quaker loves the peppers too, then they fly over and give me kisses and they BURN! hehehe
      They are actually pretty good eaters, they will eat their mashes from Avian Organics, and they LOVE birdie bread 🙂

  2. I think it is a good idea. What are their favorite Avian Organics products? A great way to make a bag of Avian Organics food last longer is to add in a bunch of veggies to each batch.

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