Recipes

Great site on feeding parrots: http://parrotnation.com/ "Got Chop" campaign by Patricia Sund

SUPER BASIC BIRDY BREAD
A very nutritious and easy to make bird bread recipe is as follows: Buy a box of Jiffy Corn Meal Mix. Follow the directions on the box for corn meal bread, but add the following: 3 extra eggs (shell and all), 1 well cooked, mashed or pureed sweet potato, zucchini or any other fresh veggie at hand, pieces of fruit, raisins, and some applesauce. Seed and nuts are optional according to the species of bird. After the bread is cooled, slice and serve part. Refrigerate or freeze the rest for later use.

 
Written by: Pipe Dreams Aviary
With assistance from: Marsha Frost and Meredith Wilheimi

Homemade Nutri~Berries
1 C dried fruit of your choice
2 TB coconut
1/2 c old fashioned oatmeal, uncooked
1/4 c seed mix of any kind
1/4 c pellets, your choice
2 TB honey or molasses
Put first 3 items in a blender/food processor and blend. Add the rest of the ingredients. On a greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet, roll balls and put 1" apart. Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 min. Cool and store in a tightly covered jar.
 Plucking Muffins
Jiffy corn mix, 1 cup cooked acorn squash, 3 large eggs & shell, 3 cooked carrots,  1 cup cooked broccoli, 1 cup uncolored avian pellets, ¼ cup seeds/nuts/sunflower seeds, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ cup psyllium seeds, ¼ cup sesame seeds,  ¼ cup flax seed, ½ teaspoon alfalfa leaf powder,  ¼ cup kelp, ¼ cup wheat germ, mash & mix all ingredients together, bake at 350 degrees in mini muffin tin. Can be frozen. 

Easy Muffins
Jiffy corn mix, 1 egg & shell, 1/3 cup apple juice, 1 apple chopped up, 1/3 cup frozen corn, 1 tablespoon any chopped nut, 1 tablespoon each orange peel & ginger, mix all ingredients & bake according to directions on the Jiffy mix. Makes 12 muffins. Can be frozen. 

Easy Birdy Bread
1 cup flour, 1 cup cornmeal, ¾ teaspoon salt, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 cup milk, ¼ cup oil, 2 eggs with shells, ½ cup mixed vegis, ½ cup broccoli, mix everything together, bake at 350 degrees in a bread loaf pan for 20 minutes. Can be frozen in 1 inch cubes. 

Sweet Potato Balls
1 large cooked sweet potato, ½ cup raisins,  1 mashed banana, 1 cup mixed vegis, 1 cup apple, 1 ½ uncooked oatmeal, mix everything together & roll into balls, place on a cookie sheet where none are touching & freeze, defrost portions & serve

Treat Sticks
As many Popsicle sticks as needed, 2 cups of seeds, nuts, dried fruit/vegis, 1 egg, mix all ingredients together & mold around the Popsicle stick, place in 200 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, after 20 minutes brush each one with honey & cook for another 5 minutes. Allow to cool & serve. 

Recipes made by Janet Elzer, book donated by Debbie Tinch
 
Cantaloupe ice pops
4 cups cubed cantaloupe, watermelon or honeydew
2 tablespoons lemon juice & honey
1 tablespoon fresh mint or other herb the birds like
3 tablespoons fresh chopped kale
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
12 plastic cups or 3 ounce Popsicle molds
12 popsicle sticks
In a blender or food processor combine the ingredients , cover and process until smooth. Pour 1/4 cup into each cup or mold insert the sticks and freeze.

Raw & cooked recipes along with making your own pellets:
http://www.cookingforparrots.com/

Birdie beta carotene balls by Pennywise Parrots
Two large sweet potatoes
One package of baby carrots 
1.5 cups pellets
1 cup sliced almonds
2 large orange bell peppers
Handful of dried red peppers 
A bowl of oatmeal ( uncooked) 
2 cups pre-prepared quinoa and collared greens 
In large pot bring water to a boil. Scrub carrots and sweet potatoes and chop into big chunks. Add to boiling water and cook until a fork will pierce them( about 15 minutes) place a wooden spoon over your pot to prevent the water from bubbling over the top- it really works! During this time, used a mini food processor or a blender to chop up the pellets, sliced almonds, and both the fresh orange peppers and the dried red peppers. (Added the prepared mixture of quinoa and collared greens into a large bowl and added all chopped stuff on top.) Drained the potatoes and carrots, and started smashing them with a potato smasher. Added all the dry ingredients into the pot, mixed it up. And then rolled the warm mixture into little balls, rolled them in a bowl of uncooked oats, and let them sit until cooled enough to sit. Put half the mixture in a large Tupperware for later.
 
Non edible recipes for cleaning & general household
Make your own bird safe oxiclean for cleaning tough stains from carpets:
1 tsp. Dawn dishwashing detergent
3-4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide
couple tablespoons of baking soda.
Scrub on with a scrubbing brush :)