Tag Archives: food

Sweet Blogs

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I was catching up with some old blogs that I haven’t read in a VERY long while.

One is Hungrybird. We used to talk a lot, but then I just started getting busy and stopped having time to read and hang out in the forum scene for  awhile. Hopefully we can catch up again soon!

Second, is Cooking for Parrots. This blog is AMAZING. She makes beautiful meals, and has great recipes/ideas for cooked treats. She also makes her own pellets which is AWESOME. I really need to invest in a dehydrator when I am no longer poor, haha!

Anyways, check those both out for great food ideas. They both make me feel like I am a lazy bird owner, hah! I need to step up my game!

The “Say What?” in Parrot Diets

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Diet is always a big debate for parrot keepers everywhere. Some believe a pellet only diet is acceptable, other’s seeds, and others believe that only the best diet is achieved through live fresh food – as well as everyone else in between.

I’m a fresh food gal, but I also believe pellets are healthy too. I am paranoid that without pellets, the birds might be missing a certain something-something, plus they love them!

My diet break down is about this…

20% pellets – I leave them in the cage all day for snacking. I usually feed 60% Harrisons, and the rest a mix of Goldn’obles, Pretty Bird Natural Gold, and different nuts and fruit etc. (My Safe Bird Store’s Bountiful Harvest).

In the morning when they wake up, the first thing they get is a big dish of veggies, fruits and sprouts.
It changes everyday depending on what I have, and it also adds more variety to life. The birds love digging through their dishes to see what kind of surprises it contains!

Today their dish was full of sprouts, red pepper, cucumber, celery, apples, raspberry, and birdie bread. I also gave each a wet sprig of spinach to nip and bathe against (Douglas loves bathing in veggies).

In the evening just before the sun sets, I give them a small dish of cooked mash (usually from Avian Organics) and mix that in with a pre-made sprout/veggie mix. This is also the time I would give them cooked sweet potato,etc. The reasoning is that fresh food will not spoil quickly, so I can leave it in for most of the day, while cooked food will spoil, so I take that out before bed time 🙂

But today I was searching through some websites, specifically, Land of Vos – Kitchen Physician. And look what I found…

1. Strawberries
2. Bell peppers (red and green)
3. Spinach
4. US Grown cherries
5. Peaches
6. Mexican grown cantaloupe
7. celery
8. Apples
9. Apricots
10. Green beans
11. Chillean grown grapes
12. Cucumbers

Apparently, according to a research group these are the most toxic commonly sold produce!! YIKES!

Here is a list of foods we should buy and never should buy – i totally recommend reading that article (linked above) some of the statistics are shocking!

Other foods that we can buy from our local markets without concern for high levels of pesticides are: CORN, SWEET POTATOES, BROCCOLI, BRUSSEL SPROUTS, CAULIFLOWER, U.S. GRAPES, BANANAS, PLUMS, IMPORTED CHERRIES, and WATERMELON

Here is a list of foods that NEVER should be given to our parrots unless they have been organically grown:

STRAWBERRIES, RED AND GREEN BELL PEPPERS, SPINACH, U.S. CHERRIES, PEACHES, MEXICAN CANTALOUPES, CELERY, APPLES, APRICOTS, GREEN BEANS, CHILEAN GRAPES, AND CUCUMBERS

My Safe Bird Store

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I constantly rave about how wonderful Kathie is at My Safe Bird Store. Seriously, she is AMAZING! Every time I get an order from her it is like Christmas as she wraps everything beautifully and with care! Plus she has the BEST products and BEST prices around!

Since she is in the USA, shipping gets expensive, so I usually make a few HUGE orders a year. I finally made my huge order of summer and.. well check it out!

I got some bags of her lovely mix, Bountiful Harvest, as well as a bag of Harrison’s High Potency Fine, and some Harrison’s Pepper Course (which I thought the birds might like, but they have been ignoring it!)

I also got some cleaning stuff – Pet Focus Concentrate (which works great, and smells great!) and the Carpet/Fabric Cleaner which I haven’t used yet.

I got two boings – a large one for outside the cage, and a small one to replace Douglas’ as his is unravelling. The craftmanship of these boings are AMAZING… they are so tightly woven that they are probably my most favourite ones I have purchased yet! I think I will cave and get another one for Kyoko next time 🙂

I also got two King’s Stainless Steel locking dishes, which I haven’t been too impressed with. They are nice and shiny, and lock well, but despite being the “same size” they only fit into the certain bracket they came with, and one of them is very hard to get in and out. I seem to have the worst luck with stainless steel dishes! hehe.

I bought some herb salad, and some manu blocks (which I have heard good things about). As well as a foraging carosel toy, a loofa buddy, and this awesome rainbow shoelace toys that Douglas is in love with! I got him a talking telephone toy too but he is pretty aggressive with it, and I’m worried it’ll one day decide to retaliate and hit him in the face!

Anyways, I totally recommend buying all your birdie stuff from Kathie. She is AMAZING! And if she doesn’t have it, she can usually find it for you! So check out My Safe Bird Store 🙂

Higgins Worldly Cuisine – Inca Bean Salad

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I few days ago I got some free samples from Dean at Higgins Birds Food! I got four sample packages of the World Cuisines, which I have been SO excited to try!

I finally had time to make my first batch today, and the verdict…

All cooked, nice and fluffy!

Kyo loved it, and dug RIGHT IN!

Douglas too!

It was a great hit, and I can’t wait to make more with the other kids!

My only complaint was I wish the bags had a ziplock seal on them. Next time I think I will only cook half the bag, and just place it in a new baggy since I made WAY too much and I worry I might end up having to throw some out!

Regardless, the birds LOVE it, and I can’t wait to try the other recipes 🙂

Avian Organics!

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Avian Organics had a super sale a few weeks ago and I couldn’t help but load up!

I got a free bag of Papaya Veggie Crisps and they are SO GOOD… I love them and so do Douglas!

I also bought a new mash I never tried before called Andean Ambrosia… smelled SO GOOD! Unfortunately the flock didn’t love it as much as I hoped! They seem to eat everything but the buckwheat lol!

Yum! Avian Organics also seems to be coming out with something special! It should be out in a few days so check out their website under Loros Naturales.

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?