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Is this seed stick recipe okay for birds?
SIDE NOTE: I might write this recipe really confidently but that is how I naturally write recipes. Please tell me if birds can occasionally eat this as a treat
I just formulated a recipe for seed sticks...but I'm not really sure if birds can have it...
by the way, this is only a treat and can be served with meals (ONLY THE SEED STICK, NOT THE SEED BALL) as it really only contains nuts, seeds, and vegetables unless you use honey instead of homemade peanut butter, which in that case DO NOT SERVE WITH MEAL. These treats are not meant to be in meals daily...more like once a week or even less if you use the high fat/sugar recipes.
Ingredients (for all recipes):
Husked crushed seed
homemade peanut butter or honey as a replacement if nothing left, normal peanut butter
Crushed almonds (optional) or other safe crushed nut
Celery or carrot stick (optional for seed ball) - make sure it is only an inch or so tall
clean safe peanuts (for peanut butter)
nut oil (for peanut butter)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER TO USE IN THE RECIPES (recommended as it is better for your bird):
1. process clean safe peanuts in a food processor.
2. add some nut oil (just a little to make it stick)
3. stir it around to make it slightly sticky, add more amounts of each ingredient to make it perfect.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SEED STICK:
1. lightly coat the celery or carrot stick in homemade peanut butter or honey (go super easy with the honey - its nearly pure sugar, I recommend homemade peanut butter)
2. unhusk and crush the seeds and nuts if that has not already been done and sprinkle them on the celery or carrot stick generously.
3. If you wish, you can also crush some popcorn and mix it in with the seeds and nuts.
4. let the peanut butter settle for ten minutes or so.
5. cut the stick into tiny 1/2 inch thick slices - serve one or two seed sticks at a time as eating nuts constantly makes them a nut junkie. If you wish to serve with meals, eliminate that extra helping of seeds and mix only a small generous pinch of seeds with the pellets you serve. ALSO...if you serve fruits/veggies, give a little bit of it instead of the usual amount.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SEED BALL:
1. take a bowl and add 1/4 a cup of crushed nuts and seeds into the bowl. You may also add crushed popcorn if you wish as an extra yummy treat. Add two teaspoons of homemade peanut butter or one teaspoon of honey and mix thoroughly.
2. the seeds should be forming into sticky clumps. When this happens, take a piece of wax paper or your clean hands and roll those seeds into balls but warning, it is pretty sticky! they should be about 1/2 inch thich each or more if you can't make them any smaller.
3. let it dry for half an hour in a covered area so that no bugs can get to it. Of course you can always make extra and toss a few outside for the ants etc, but make sure to crush the ball when serving.
4. serve the seed balls if they are 1/2 inch thick. If they are more than that, cut it in halves or even in fourths. This treat is not made to serve during meals as it contains lots of sugar (because I recommend using honey - it sticks better) and contains only seeds and nuts and maybe popcorn.