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The following recipes are ones that I have tried on my own birds with great success.
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
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.
EASY BIRD BREAD RECIPE
This recipe produces a heavy, dense bread that doesn't easily fall
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.