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The following recipes are ones that I have tried on my own birds with great
NOTE: Measurements are inexact.
NOTE: Bird bread is wonderful for teasing a reluctant bird into eating
something other than just bird seed. You can start by making regular corn
bread, and crumbling a little bit over the bird's seed dish every day. Once
he gets used to picking through it to get to his "real food", he may begin to
actually taste some. At that point, you can begin adding a little more bread,
until he has to eat some to find the seeds beneath it. Once you see the bird
is eating the plain corn bread, you can start making "bird bread" instead. By
slowly adding new things to the bird bread batter, you can often sneak new foods
into your picky eaters!
EARLY BIRD BREAD RECIPE
- 2 packages of corn bread mix (not sweetened corn muffin mix!)
- frozen vegetable of choice (chopped fresh, or rinsed canned are both
- frozen fruit of choice (chopped fresh, or unsweetened canned are both
- hulled raw unsalted sunflower seeds (available at bulk food stores near
- hulled raw millet seed (available at bulk food stores near cereal
- fruit juice (orange, apple, etc.) (using more than one kind is OK)
- eggs (1 more than packages call for)
Preheat oven following bread mix instructions. Grease 7" x 10" cake
Follow instructions on package for number of eggs used, then add one
Substitute fruit juices for milk required by mix.
approximately 1/2 cup of hulled sunflower seeds, and approximately
3/4 cup each of frozen veggie and frozen fruit.
Add handful of raisins.
Mix all ingredients together well.
Pour into heavily greased 9"x 13"
Sprinkle small handful of hulled millet seeds over top.
until cake pulls away from sides of pan and is golden brown on top
should be hard on top, but not burned.)
Let cool completely, then cut into
small (1") cubes.
Place cubes and any crumbled pieces in a plastic bag or
container, and freeze.
To use, just remove one or two cubes and thaw, then
crumble up into bird's dish.
Vitamins or wheatgrass powder can be sprinkled
over the cooled, baked cake.
For one bird, this should last several weeks.
Use as a treat to supplement the regular diet.
In emergencies, this can be
served in place of regular food.
- Try using cooked beans, pasta or dry bird pellets instead of frozen
- Or mix in 1/2 cup of applesauce (reduce other liquid by 1/4 cup).
- Mix in 1/4 cup of pellets, increase liquid by 1/4 cup to account for
pellets absorbing some liquid.
- Or add 4-6 "fruity ice" cubes (see below), thawed, and 1/2 cup melted
peanut butter, to make "PB&J" bird bread!
- several types of fresh fruits, any combination, diced into pieces.
Puree fruits in blender or food processor until smooth and mixed.
into ice cube trays, and freeze until solid.
Keep frozen, stored in freezer
containers or plastic bags.
To serve, remove 1-2 cubes per bird, thaw
Some of my birds actually seem to prefer the frozen fruit,
especially in summer!
EASY BIRD BREAD RECIPE
This recipe produces a heavy, dense bread that doesn't easily fall
making it easier to store and freeze.
- 2 cups baking mix (Bisquick, Jiffy, Aunt Martha, etc.)
- 2 cups white or yellow corn meal
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 4 eggs
- 3 6-ounce jars of pureed fruit or vegetable baby food, any combination
- Any additions you choose to include (cheese, chopped fruit or vegetables,
nuts, peanut butter, etc.)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Heavily grease one 9"x13" cake pan.
dry ingredients together well in large bowl.
Add eggs and baby food. Stir
until all ingredients are evenly moist.
Batter will be very thick and heavy.
Pour batter into cake pan.
Bake approximately 40 minutes, or until cake pulls
away from sides of pan.
Cool completely, cut into small cubes.
enough for 2-3 days, and freeze the rest. Thaw as needed.
BEANS AND RICE
- 1/4 cup pinto beans
- 1/4 cup kidney beans
- 1/4 cup split peas
- 1/4 cup lentils
- 1/4 cup navy beans
- 1/4 cup garbanzo beans
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 cup cooked white rice
- 1 carrot (chopped)
- 1 cup frozen corn (thawed)
Soak beans overnight. Drain, rinse, refill pan with water.
and cook with beans for 1 hour.
Add corn and rice and cook till warm. Cool
Store excess in leak proof containers.
May be frozen in 3 day
serving sized containers, and thawed before use.
15 BEAN SOUP
- 1 package 15 bean soup
- 1 bag frozen corn
- 1 cup raw brown rice
Soak beans overnight. Add rice, cook for 1 hour or until done.
Add corn 50
minutes after you started beans cooking.
Drain water and serve. Store excess
in leakproof containers.
May be frozen in 3 day serving sized containers, and
thawed before use.
MILLET & RICE
- 1 part cup cooked hulled millet
- 1 part cup white rice, cooked
- 1 part cup brown rice, cooked
Soak millet in water for 20 minutes prior to cooking.
Mix together with
rice and serve warmed.
- 2 medium oranges peeled
- 1 small banana cut into slices
- 20-30 seedless grapes, quartered if your birds are smaller
- 1 cup strawberries cut in half.
- 1 small apple cut into bird-sized pieces
Combine all ingredients and toss well. Can be frozen until further use.