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Birdie Breads and Muffins

  Anne's Birdie Bread

Posted by: Anne Johnson - aaviary@mail.heritage.com - July 14, 1996

2 boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
3 tbs. oil
1 cup raisins
1 cup diced apple
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup grated zucchini

Pre heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix first 4 ingredients together in large bowl. Add next 4 ingredients and mix well. Grease and flour 2 bread pans. Bake at 400 for 35 mins. Variations: You can substitute any fruit or veggie such as: blueberries, cranberries, bananas, broccoli, squash, caulflower, green beans, raspberries, spinach, nuts, pineapple, etc. You can also use other muffin mixes such as the oatmeal, bran, etc. Be creative and use your imagination. You can freeze any leftover bread or prepare it in advance and freeze for future use. Serve warm.


  Apple-Cheese Muffins

Posted by: Barry - barry@newwave.net - May 8, 1996

Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 eggs with shells, 1/2 cup chopped apple, 1/2 cup shredded carrot. Directions: Mix the first five ingredients together. Wash the eggs, then blenderize the eggs with the shell included. Add butter, sugar, apple, and carrot to the eggs and blenderize briefly to mix. Stir together with the dry ingredients until just combined. Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until springy to the touch.


Apple Surprise Muffins

Posted by: Cindy Cook - cinderella@accessunited.com - April 8, 2001

1 Box Jiffy Blueberry Muffin Mix (lower in fat and sugar than others)
3/4 c. Raisin Bran Cereal
1/2 c. Cheerios Cereal
1 c. dry oatmeal
1 c. baby apple juice
1 egg w/shell crushed
1 jar baby diced apples
1/4 c. light corn syrup
1/4 c. grated carrots or sweet potatoes

Bake at 350* in muffin pan with paper liners. Can use mini muffin pan and mini paper liners. Makes 12 regular sized muffins. Cut into 1/4 and freeze. Thaw as needed.


  Banana Nut Muffins

Posted by: Barry - barry@newwave.net - May 8, 1996

Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, 3/4 cup chopped bananas, 1/2 cup nuts, finely chopped, 2 eggs with shell, 1/2 cup vegetable oil.
Directions: Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Wash the eggs thoroughly, blenderize including the shell, add the oil, and mix well. Add the eggs and oil to the dry ingredients. Spoon into greased muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in a 375 degree oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


  BeBe's Birdie Bread

Posted by: Ken Highfill - birdsnways@birdsnways.com - May 8, 1996

2 6 oz jars baby food sweet potatoes
2 jars baby food tropical fruit
1-1 1/2 cups pellets or 4 tbss hand feeding formula
3 eggs and eggshells (crushed)

I recycle pellets left in our birds' bowls (We use uncolored pellets). Mix eggs and baby food. Use a little in a small blender/processor to crush the egg shells (calcium source). Mix in remaining ingredients. Put in paper cupcakes or muffin tins- 4 tsps each. Microwave 1-2 mins until firm. Or bake in toaster oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes till firm. Makes 12 servings. Serve warm, but not too hot. Cockatoos - 1 each, conures - 1/4 each. Save remainder in fridge and warm before serving. Very nutritious and they all love it.


  Bird Bread For Eclectus

Posted by: Carolyn Swicegood - Carolyn@LandofVos.com - June 10, 1997

2 cups yellow corn meal
1 cup whole wheat flour
l cup currants or raisins
1 cup nuts (pine, almond, walnut, pecan)
1 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1 twenty-nine ounce can of solid pack pumpkin
1 thirty-two ounce bottle of papaya nectar
one half cup of sunflower or safflower oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbs baking powder

Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Add enough water or juice to make a pourable batter. Use two large well-greased baking pans. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes or until done. Cool and slice. Can be frozen. This recipe makes a "heavy" bread, not as light as you would prepare for yourself, but the birds love it! Notice that it contains very little baking powder, (some baking powders contain aluminum) no added sugar or other sweenteners, and no added salt.


  Birdie Bread for Overweight Birds

Posted by: Cristiana Senni - c.senni@flashnet.it - August 9, 2000

8 cups total of mixed grains and whole flours (wheat,buckwheat,oats,spelt,barley,quinoa etc.) which include 1/2 cup of either soy or chick peas flour for protein or 1/2 cup of corn meal (to make it less fattening)
2 tbs baking powder
2 cups approx. of whole boiled mixed grains
Approx 8 large carrots
1 large red pepper or 2 small ones
1 or 2 papayas, depending on the size - (I add the whole seeds)
1 or 2 slices of melon
2 eggs - I include the egg shells when I have the time to clean them well first
1 or 2 cups unsalted pumpkin seeds

The boiled whole grains are in addition to the 8 cups. I mix the grains,and boil them for 15 minutes in 2 parts water. After I turn the flame off, I let them sit in the covered pan for another 15 minutes or more to absorb all the water.

The quantities can vary, this recipe gives an idea of the proportions to follow, but if the dough is too soft or too dry it can be adjusted with either more flour or fresh foods. What I tried to do was to make a bread that would have a high Vitamin A content, I don't know how much there is left after cooking it, someday I would like to have the nutrients tested by a lab.

Grind the fresh foods in the food processor, mix them with the eggs and then mix everything together. Bake it in 2 rectangular pans at 350 for about 40-45 minutes.

If calories are not an issue one could add a variety of other foods like bananas, sesame seeds, crushed nuts,raisins passion fruit, prikly pears, etc.Sweet potatoes would be a very good addition except that the variety with the orange pulp, high in Vitamin A, is still not available here in Italy.


Birdie Corn Bread Squares

Posted by: Robin - January 25, 2001

1 Cup plain yellow corn meal
1 teaspoon backing powder
1 egg
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup apple juice (pasturized)
1/3 cup thawed frozen peas
1/3 cup grated carrot
1/3 cup cooked white or brown rice
1/3 cup pellets or seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, mix above ingredients together. Put in a glass 8x8 pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Allow corn bread to cool and cut into 1 inch squares. These freeze well or can be kept about a week sealed in a plastic zip lock bag in the crisper. My birds from Conure to Budgies love them.


  Bobbi's Basic Birdie Bread

Posted by: Bobbi Brinker - BobbiB@ParrotTalk.com - August 29, 1996

2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix
3 tbss baking powder
1 tsp Spirulina
2 eggs & shells (puree in blender)
4 jars baby food (carrots, sweet potatoes, a fruit, chicken/turkey with rice, noodles, or vegetables)
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 cups baby cereal (buy lowest percent of iron)
1-1/2 cups shredded/chopped veggies (usually carrots or broccoli). Almost any of the baby foods can be used but choose those with a high Vitamin A content.

Warning - the batter will be hard to mix! Mix wet & dry ingredients separately. Combine wet & dry ingredients along with shredded/chopped veggies. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray & bake about 30 minutes in a 400 degree preheated oven. Cool on rack, cut into squares & freeze in 3 day batches.

Optional Additions: chopped nuts, toasted soybean bits, shredded low fat cheese, dried fruit (small pieces), shaved cuttlebone, toasted sunflower kernels, pureed bananas, pureed beans (reduce baby foods by one jar ), peeled, pureed fresh mango, papaya or kiwi (reduce number of jars of baby food).


  Buttercup's Birdie Bars

Posted by: Misty - byrdhaus@netins.net - April 21, 1999

2 cups cornmeal
2 cups flour
8tsp baking powder
4 eggs w/shells
1 1/2 cups applesauce
2 cups apple juice
4 tbs peanut butter
2 cups seed
2 cups mixed veggies
1 can fruit cocktail

Mix and pour in greased 9x12 pan and bake at 350 for 40-45 min. Cut in bars, cool and serve.


  Chico's Muffins

Posted by: Anne Eilers - anne8@centralminera.com - June 26, 2000

1/2 cup Whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup Harrisons Mash or Lifetime diet fine
2 Tbs baking powder
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup hulled organic sesame seed
1 egg (you can sterilize the shells and crush them in too)
1/4 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup orange juice (fresh) may need to add a touch more for consistency

Combine dry ingredients. Mix well, add wet ingredients. Mix well and spoon into small birdy size muffin tins (use spray like Pam to avoid sticking). If you used the small tins you should get approx 2 dozen little muffins just the perfect size for snacking on.

Plus you get the added benefit of sneaking some Harrisons into a picky bird's diet. You can use various different seeds/nuts and apple juice works just as well. I sometimes sneak in an added 1 tbs liquid calicum. My Grey,Chico, loves these and smack's his "lips" whenever he sees them.


Fussy Bird's Favorite Muffins

Posted by: Denise McDaries - McDaries@fiberpipe.net - October 31, 2000

1 box Jiffy bannana mix
4 eggs and shells (whites only)
8 scoops Kaytee exact bird pellets
1 to 1 and a half cups milk
1 package of chili mix (mild to medium)

Blendarize all these ingredients. Then throw in some left over veggies and stir well. Pam spray your muffin tin - cook 12 min. at 400 degrees. Makes about 12 big plump muffins. Individually saran wrap and freeze & Freezer bag um. Nuke um about 30 sec. When my macaw gets fussy with other foods he'll always eat this one. Watch out for chili breath!!!!


  High Protein or High Vitamin A Bread

Posted by: Sandi Sartain - chibe@mindspring.com - August 11, 1999

6 Oz. breeder pellets
2 cups cooked beans (kidney, lentils, garbanzo, pinto, etc)
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup reg. flour
3 eggs plus shells
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup raw carrots, chopped in blender
1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup veg. oil

Cover pellets with hot water to soften. Mash. Add all dry ingredients to pellets. Blend well. Puree beans, eggs, and carrots in food processor or blender. Stir into dry ingred. to make a thick batter. Add water as needed. Bake at 350 degrees 45-50 minutes. I bake these in the miniature muffins pans so I don't have to cut and slice them. Freeze in individual baggies.

Vegetable-rich Bread: Substitute equal amounts of maintainence pellets and cooked veggies. Carrots, brocculi, yams, squash instead of the beans. Prepare as above. I always use Vitamin A rich veggies in this bread. I have weaned a lot of baby Greys on these breads. My breeders and pets loves it too! Hope your birds enjoy it!


  Kathy's Birdie Bread

Posted by: Kathy Pearson - kathyp@plinet.com February 2, 1997

- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup each whole wheat flour and rye flour
- 1/4 cup each Cream of Rice cereal, Malt-O-Meal, grits, and rolled oats
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 3 jars baby food - squash, sweet potatoes & applesauce
- 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 large carrot chopped
- 1 cup chopped broccoli stems & crowns
- 2 eggs with shells
- 1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
- water as necessary

Put carrot & broccoli in food processor for 30 seconds. Eggs & shells should also be processed in the food processor until shells are ground. Mix all ingredients and add water to make mixture spreading consistency. Spread in greased 10x13 pan, and bake at 400 for 30 minutes.

I created this recipe by combining ingredients from some of the other birdie bread recipes out there and adding some of my own. My birds love it! Ingredients can easily be substituted with similar ingredients that you have on hand.


  Kiwi's Krazy Kornbread Treats

Posted by: Elissa B - andyb@ultranet.com - July 9, 2000

All you need is a box of cornbread mix and 1 cup of frozen mixed veggies. Use whatever your bird likes the best, but Kiwi loves the ones that have beans mixed in too! Prepare the cornbread recipe as directed, adding the still frozen veggies to the mix. Spoon mixture into plain ice cream cups ( I use the small ones - you can find them 80 to a box and they are just the right size for holding). Place each filled cup into a cupcake tin - each tin will hold 3 cones. This recipe makes about 36-40.

Bake according to package directions, but watch carefully after about 10-15 minutes. Store in freezer and pop in toaster oven to heat before serving to restore crispyness. Be cautious not to serve too hot however!! My cockatoo can't get enough of these and neither can my Hahns Macaw and Senegal parrot!


  Linda's Southern Cornbread

Posted by: Linda Muylle - LMBIRDS99@aol.com - July 27, 2000

2 cups yellow corn meal, 1 cup self-rising flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp Spirulina, 2 raw eggs, 2 chopped boiled eggs, 1 pkg frozen sweet peas or broccoli and grated carrot.

Mix all ingredients including egg shells. Pour into greased baking pan and put in preheated 450 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Cool completely and cut in small squares and freeze. Just take'm out when you need'm.


  Macaw Bake

Posted by: Karen Loften - KLofton@msmail.bham.wednet.edu - May 8, 1996

Ingredients: 3 eggs with shell, 1/4 lb. fried hamburger, 2 cups cooked beans (see bean mix below), 1 6oz jar baby food, 3/4 cup honey or course brown sugar, 3/4 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup powdered soy milk, 1 cup corn meal, 3/4 cup shredded carrots, 2 cups oatmeal or wheat flakes, 1/2 cup oat or wheat bran, 2 tbls. wheat germ oil. I also add some Spiralinea(sp) if I have it.

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix everything together and divide into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, or until top of bread is light brown.

Bean Mix - Red Beans, Black-eyed Peas, Great Northerns, Lima Beans, Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans, Soybeans equal to the total amount of mixed beans. Soak for 24 hrs, bring to a boil with a little salt and let sit for a couple of hours. Drain and rinse.


  Mexican Veggie Corn Muffins

Posted by: Richelle - PorterSMRA@aol.com - November 15, 1998

Take 2 packages of mexican style cornbread/muffin mix, add a drained can of mixed vegtables, put in muffin tins and bake till done. I give a half to my quaker daily. The rest I cut in half and freeze in baggies and pull out a half everyday for the following day so it is thawed for lunch.


Mini Minute Birdie Cake

Posted by: Tanya - March 11, 2001

1/2 cup cheerios or kix
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 egg

Crush the cheerios/kix slightly in a plastic bag with a rolling pin. Pour the cheerios/kix into a small bowl. Add other ingredients and mix until smoothe. Now, pour the mixture into a cereal bowl or a small soup bowl. Put into microwave for 1-1 1/2 minutes. When you take it out, it should be a bit soft, but not gooey. Gently lift cake out of bowl and place it onto a plate upside down. If the bottom is gooey, put it in the microwave for 10 seconds, otherwise flip right side up. Mush a ripe strawberry. Spread on top of cake. Cut into pieces according to birds size. Left overs can be put in fridge. I made this for my sister's lovebird and she loves them!


  Norma's Birdie Bread

By: Norma Goldberger - ngoldber@neo.lrun.com - July 14, 1997

1 box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
Dump into blender:
1 egg with shell
1 carrot washed
1 hunk of sweet potato microwaved 30 sec to tenderize
2 bottles banana baby food
1 handful mustard leaves washed (from the veggie garden)

Substitutes: Vegetable list - 1 stalk of broccoli, handful of washed dandelion greens, handful green beans or peas. Liquids - A piece of banana and 1/3 cup of milk or a nutritious fruit juice can replace the baby food.

Optional: Add spices - 1/2 tsp chili or 1/4 tsp cayenne or 1/4 tsp cinnamon.

Blenderize above and add to corn muffin mix. Mix. Bake as package directs (400 degrees) in greased (corn oil) muffin pan. Must be the slightly green color that is so appealing.


  Nutty Birdy Bread

Posted by: Suzanne - suzanne-b@home.com - May 27, 1999

1 box jiffy corn muffin mix
1 egg
1/2 cup of milk
1 apple (peeled, cored , and chopped up good)
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tbs peanut butter
1/2 cup of your birds favorite pellet(s) chopped.

Mix all ingredients together and spread in a 9" X 13" lightly greased pan (I use crisco spray). Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes. Check with toothpick. Cool completely, cut into 2" squares, serve cool. Saves great in fridge!! Even the picky ones LOVE this stuff!!!


  Quick'n Easy Birdy Bread

Posted by: Deborah Furnia - AFurnia@aol.com - May 22, 1999

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup corn meal
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar or honey
2 eggs
3 tbs vegetable oil or palm oil (for African species)
1C milk or buttermilk

Mix the above ingredients and add any of the following: cooked sweet potatoes, squash shredded or chopped, grated carrot, pulverized egg shells, blueberries, peanut butter, walnuts, or anything that your bird likes. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes in a 13x9 pan.


  Sandra's Birdy Muffins

By: Sandra J. Bortnick, D.V.M. - breezy@nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu - July 23, 1997

These birdy muffins have been eaten greedily by all birdys of people I suggested them to. Supplement them with your imagination (I especially like to add sesame).

4 cups boiled and mashed pumpkin or canned pumpkin
2 cups cream of wheat (uncooked)
2 cups grits(uncooked)
1 cups oatmeal(uncooked)
1/2 cups applesauce
1 egg (shell too)
2 tbs baking powder
2 tbs cinnamon
1/2 cups raisins
1/2 cups sugar
1 tbs veg oil

Adjust consistency with applesauce, water, or grits. Spoon into cupcake paper lined muffin tins and bake 20-35 minutes at 400 degrees. I also use Jiffy muffin mix in place of c.o.w. and grits. Sesame seeds are high in calcium. I don't use much sesame seed and if I use it I omit oil from that batch.

Food Values:
Grits 1oz. 57mg Ca, 20.7mg Phos, .34g fat
Cream of Wheat 39.79mg Ca, 79.95mg Phos, .37g fat
Sesame seeds 1oz 276.41mg Ca, 178.3mg Phos, 14.09g fat


  Sandy's Love Muffins

Posted by: Sandy Gaddis - wsgad@webtv.net - November 20, 1998

2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 can cream style corn
2 eggs + shells, Blenderized
2 cups mixed steamed, or boiled carrots, broccoli, cauliflour, onion, any thing else you want to add
2 cups grated cheese (cheddar)
1 cup raisons
1/2 cup any kind of nuts
Optional-- 1 Tbs rasberry jam or honey
2 hard boiled eggs, mashed

Mix everything together, spray muffin pan with Pam or wipe with oil. Drop 1 Tbs per cup. My bird will kill for these. Also good for dogs or cats, they love them. Sometimes I split the recipe and add the rasberry jam to only half of the batter. Bake according to muffin mix direction's. Can be frozen. Will keep in refirigator for up to a week.


  Sharon's Birdie Bread Recipe

Posted by: Sharon Dubois - sdubois@computek.net - August 29, 1997

2 Cups finely ground pellets
1 Very ripe banana
1/3 Cup wheat germ oil
1/3 Cup vegetable oil
6 Large eggs
2 Heaping tbss of canned pumpkin
1 Heaping tbs of applesauce
1 Cup of mixed vegetables
1 Cup of cooked or canned pinto beans
1 Cup boiled brown rice
2 Cups corn meal
4 tbs baking powder
1 tsp Spirulina

Mix the first five ingredients in a food processor until you have a fine blend. Add the next two ingredients and continue to process. Pour entire mixture into a large bowl and add the vegetables, beans, rice, corn meal and baking powder, spirulina and stir. The mix should be the consistency of cornbread. If it's too dry, add the liquid from the pinto beans. If there isn't enough liquid add water. When you have the desired consistency pour into a 13x9 inch baking pan.

Bake the bread at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes or until done. To test your bread insert a toothpick in the middle of the pan. If it comes out clean the bread is ready. Make several pans at once so you can freeze the loaves and use them as needed. Sprinkle vitamins on the bread and crumble it before serving. Good vitamins to sprinkle are: Wheat Grass powder!


  Terri's Birdie Bread

Posted by: Terri Leinneweber - mterril@pipeline.com March 12, 1997

- 4 cornbread mixes
- 1 package frozen collard/kale/broccoli (or fresh)
- 4 eggs
- About 1/2 cup to 1 cup low fat, plain organic yogurt
- About 1 - 1/2 cups cooked butternut or golden squash, sweet potato or pumpkin
- Dried/fresh fruit (colorful to add interest)
- 1 cup pellets (or more if you want. I converted 2 birds to Harrison's using this recipe).

Blend Yogurt/eggs/greens, substitute for liquid called for. Mix all ingredients, bake about 45 mins at 400 degrees. I use 4 packages of cornbread mix (size of Jiffy or Washington (worthington?) but I try to get them at the healthfood store so they don't contain sugar, and have less salt, but cornbread is real easy to make yourself from scratch, so sometimes I do that too - time permitting.

What I do is take fresh or frozen collard greens, kale, chard, bok choi tops, broccoli, dandelion or whatever I can come by that is green and high in vitamin A. I put it through the blender with a little yogurt (plain, organic, lowfat) and substitute this for the liquid called for in the recipe. I also blend in the eggs, shell and all, called for by the recipe (I wash the outside of the eggs in hot water first. I don't know if it does any good).

I then steam yellow winter squash, pumpkin, or sweet potato, until very soft, or if I can find frozen, I'll use that. In the absolute worst case I will use a can of pumpkin, but be sure not to get pie mix. Just plain pumpkin. I stir in 1 package frozen, 1 can or the equivalent fresh cooked.

I then stir in a cup (more or less) of whatever pellets I have to spare, and some bright colored fresh or dried fruit (cranberries, raspberries, blue berries); just enough to catch their attention. Sometimes, I will throw in a few nuts. This makes 2 large pyrex rectangular sheet pans which is enough to give my birds (5 get their own piece/2 share 1 piece, so six a day) each day for almost 3 weeks. Pieces are about 1 inch square.

My birds really seem to like this bread. Occasionally, I will leave out the squash/sweet potato/pumpkin and add chopped red and green sweet peppers, a little garlic chopped, and some hot peppers or dried pepper flakes. When I do this, I also add about a quarter to half a cup cheddar in small chunks.


Tails Up Birdie Bread

Posted by: Sue T. - sturner6@mediaone.net - February 7, 2001

2 Boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
2 eggs (shells have bacteria, I toss them)
2/3-cup fruit juice (I use apple, 100% juice, no additives or preservatives)
24 oz can of sweet potatoes (Rinse well and mash)
1 apple cut into small chunks (scrubbed well to get preservatives off of it)
1-2 bananas
2 boxes snack size raisins (about 1/2 cup)
Big Scoop of Peanut Butter (about 1/3 cup)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/3 heaping cup of Avain Naturals herb mix (www.allbirdtoys.com/herbmix.html)
1 Cup of Beak appetit food (Any flavor, prepared) (www.beakappetit.com)

Grease a 9x13 pan (I use olive oil) and spread evenly in pan. Place on middle rack of 450-degree oven for about 45 min to an hour. I test mine in the middle and its done when toothpick stuck in it comes out clean, and the sides have started to pull away from the pan. I then cut mine into manageable squares and store in Baggies in the freezer. I reheat in the Microwave for about 30 seconds and then crumble into food dishes. Make sure you don't burn anyone! Always test temp before serving to your birds.


  Tu-Ki Treat

Posted by: Marlena - MarlenaJ@prima-soft.com - June 13, 2000

Tu-Ki is a greencheek conure who has no lower mandible. This recipe gives her a good amount of her required food needs.

2 boxes Jiffy Corn Bread Mix.
1 tbs of calcium, mineral and vitamin powder.
2 eggs (shell included) - Seperate egg from shell * Wash and grind shell
1 jar each baby food Sweet Potato, Green Beans
1 cup crushed pellets (Rowdy-bush or Lefebers, put in a plastic bag and roll with rolling pin to crush )
1 large carrot
1/2 cup fresh raw broccoli ground in cusinart
1/3 cup mixed nuts (no peanuts) and dry fruit, also pulverized in cusinart.

Mix Jiffy, nuts, fruit, pellets, egg shell and vitamin powder together. Add eggs and other stuff, mix well with wooden spoon. Spray a large baking dish with Pam. Mixture will be lumpy and sticky. If it is too thick add a little fruit juice or applesauce. Spread to about 3/4 " thick and bake until golden and knife comes out clean when inserted in center (about 20 minutes to 1/2 hour).

Cut into squares while still hot. When cool, freeze squares in serving portions in plastic sandwich bags. I defrost small sections overnight and then warm it in microwave for 6 seconds. Tu-Ki loves it warm and has gained 4 grams since we brought her home. Poor baby was starving to death in a horrid pet shop. I also give her soaked Zupreem pellets, chopped veggies, fruit, and any birdie goodies I can make small enough for her. I give the bread to my friends birds and they all love it too.