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What's on the Menu?

I want to know what people feed as a dry staple diet. I want to know how you serve your veggies. Do you do mashes? If so, how do you make them? Do you do birdie breads? What other things do you feed your birds? Photos are welcome, but please everyone share


my dry mix consists of my own mixture.


i buy my local petstores favourite seed mix that they package themselves. i buy a 4 lb budgie mix, a 2 lb budgie mix and a 2 lb canary mix and mix it at home myself. then i buy human grade kosher sunflower seeds from the bulk food store and add those separately each day. each bird gets 4 per day.





then when i prepare the dried mix i add in a pinch of my own homemade herb salad. my herb salad contains rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, chamomile, hibiscus, rose hips, cayenne pepper powder, dried chili peppers, cinnamon, garlic powder, ginger powder, brewer's yeast, coriander.



for the lovebirds i add one crushed nutriberry once a day.


then i add dried fruit into the mix and they really like that. i home dry my fruit.



sometimes i add in some treats some treats i have right now are home baked pumpkin seeds and store bought yogurt dip treats.







they also have their hagen pellets available to them all day. mango does not touch them, but munch picks at them and the tiels like them.




i also offer red palm oil, we offer it on toast or in their birdie bread








we offer a variety of veggies and greens. some treats we offer are dandelions and they are a big hit! standard veggies we normally use are broccoli and carrots and a few others depending on what the birds are wanting at the time.





we offer mashes of different varieties and different textures. wont go into detail, but we use the staple veggies such as broccoli and carrots and then add other foods. we add new things, we change recipes, my mashes/chops are never the same each time. sometimes i offer fresh fruits, sometimes i offer pastas and cooked beans... just depends on what we have and what they want.









and we home dry our fruits! we do some for teas for ourselves and we do some for the birds!




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Looks good, how do you dry the fruits?
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food dehydrator you can use the oven though on the lowest temperature. it takes 4-12 hours to dry most fruits.



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YUMMY! I'm going to copy some of your ideas!!!

Yesterday I was searching my basement and you won't believe what I found!!

I found a fruit dehydrator/seed sprouter all in 1 machine!!

I'm goin to have to drag it out and give it a try soon!!

I forget if you posted your bird bread Recipies? Could I perhaps steal it from you??


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recipe here

http://talkcockatiels.com/showthread...t=birdie+bread



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might have to steal the food drying part
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Hehe, well i'm having some mac 'n' cheese and she stole a few peices, lol
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Oops ill post what I feed.

I feed a 70% seed 30%pellet diet.. Not including fruits/ veggies.

Ice gets random items all the time.. It depends what we're cooking
But everyday she has some type of dark green veggie and other types of veggies.
Every second day she gets a bird smoothie( frozen in freezer) mixed with fresh fruits as well.

As treats she gets almonds, walnuts(I think.. I always forget what they are called) nutriberries, and Casey's bird cookies(those are always readily available!!) hemp seed and pine nuts( all of the nuts are fed in moderation due to high but necessary fats.)

Se loves the occasional organic peanut butter lick as well


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How very healthy, Casey! I can tell you put a lot of effort into your birds' diets, that's great!




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I feed all kinds of veggies but I add them to Higgins Wordly Cuisine , tomorrow I'am makeing some Higgins and I'am going to add some Butternut Squash , Zucini , sweet potatoe , green pepper, jalepeno pepper , 1 egg , mustards greens or spinach and some chooped up apple , for their dessert they will be getting pomagranite and blackberries and I always add 1 or 2 Tablespoons of Red Palm Oil to my mixture and some flax seed
as for us humans , me and hubby we are haveing fish and fries and salad , see they eat healthier then we do

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For our dry base we feed Higgins sunburst mixed with tru fruits, fruit to nuts. Our pellets our roudybush, higgins intune, and zupreem.
We feed all kinds of veggies. Right now alot of squashes as they are in season. I also make chop, mash, birdie bread, sweet potato balls, homemade avi cakes and other concoctions. We have an organic market down the street si they get alot of goodies.

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My indoor flock eat the BirdTricks diet (the main diet which is like a type of chop basically) with something different made every day. I love their cookbooks. The chop mix is frozen and I defrost it through the night ready for morning then on the day I make something else. Loads of healthy foods. I don't always go by the book though, as I make my own recipes which my birds love! They get Harrison's mash sprinkled into their foods too, just so I know I'm not missing out on any key nutrients. They also get Rob Harvey's Parrot Premium Plus as a treat, which has a mix of things in it like dry fruits, seeds and nuts etc. My outdoor flock get a very very similar diet to yours Casey. They get their mix depending on the species, with egg food on the side available about 3/4 times a week, more often if there are chicks about. They get fresh greens daily and they also love dandelion. They also get your cookies whenever I make a batch My lory is different obviously, he eats his nectar mixture with fresh fruit (his favourite thing on this planet is grapes) and veg and I have bought him a pack of hibiscus flowers which he so far, doesn't like I definitely want to try drying fruit, I'll see if I can get a food dehydrator for a good price

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daisy, you can use the oven! set it on the lowest temperature and bake the fruit. it takes 4-12 hours (same as a dehydrator)



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Echo, my parrotlet is a mutation, so she gets Volkmans parrotlet seed, no pellets. Topper, my brown headed parrot, gets Roudybush pellets. They both love blackberries, love them and will eat mango, kiwi, dried apricot. I do try other fruits, but they don't go over as well. Dark greens every day, bell peppers and their seeds, dried hot peppers. My Echo would kill for a hot pepper. Broccoli, carrots and the like.
Both like mashed sweet potato, brown rice, oatmeal with cinnamon, birdie bread, cooked dried beans, occasional egg. They eat really well.
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I'll give it a go thank you Casey

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