September 17, 2022

Confetti Biscuit Recipe [ Parrot healthy snack or meal ]

 

Confetti biscuit recipe for parrots





I'm writing this part that everyone will skip but I need to write it for google. Parrot handmade food is a great way to add nutrition to your parrots' diet in fun and creative ways. In this recipe, you will use colorful veggies to add to your flour mix giving the appearance of confetti, now how fun is that. Handmade parrot food is the only way to ensure your parrots get the best food. A lot of baked items contain sugars or salts, which will create problems. I try to keep my parrot recipes easy, with few items, or even easily adaptable. And of course one bowl recipes. No need to bring the whole kitchen into this. 

Ingredients:

1 cooked sweet potato, mashed

1 1/2 cup flour: ( use anyone kind, I always do a mix: 1/2 quinoa, 1/2 coconut, 1/2 rye) or any other flour I have on hand. A mix always makes the dough come together better than just one type of flour.)

2 to 3 cups of Veggies: Carrots, Red Cabbage, Beet tops, Swiss Chard, and Butternut Squash add to a food processor and chop into small pieces. 

1/4 cup of apple sauce

1/2 tsp: Cinnamon 

1/2 tsp: Red Chill Flakes


Direction:

Oven Temperature: 350 
Cookie sheet greased with coconut oil or olive oil  (just need a little to prevent sticking)

Mix all the ingredients together. It should form a tough dough. Then use a scoop to get an even amount of dough and make it into a flat disk.  Place on the cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve with additional veggies or fruits to make it into a full meal. 


August 05, 2022

The Importance of Quarantine

Pds nonprofit, african grey locked in a cage for quarantine




What is Quarantine?


Quarantine is the practice of keeping any new flock members in a separate cage, in a separate room preferably with different airspace from any existing flock members for a minimum of 30 days, but preferably 45 to 60. 


How to Quarantine:


It is difficult to do a 
true quarantine in most homes, but usually keep any new birds at the opposite end of the house or floor, from the rest of the flock. It is advised to always wash hands between handling any of the quarantine birds to protect the health and safety of your flock. 


Why Quarantine?

If your new flock member comes to you ill, you could lose the entire rest of your flock because many diseases are airborne and highly contagious. THEREFORE, keeping them in the same room in a separate cage is not enough. 

Many people think that if the bird looks healthy, it must be healthy-- this is completely untrue. If birds were so easy to diagnose as healthy or not, vet trips would be far less expensive and we wouldn't need border control or national regulations on avian quarantines. Birds are excellent at hiding their diseases, and often a disease will become very serious before the bird shows any outward symptoms. 

It is also so difficult to tell with a new bird what is normal or not since you have not established a pattern of behavior. In addition, many avian diseases have extremely long incubation periods or latency periods and may not surface for a few weeks, why we recommend a long quarantine. 

The stress of moving to a new home, new cage, new environment, is often enough to make previously dormant diseases that are activated by stress flare up. Even if you get your bird from a very responsible breeder with a 100% clean record, quarantine is still considered essential. But especially if you get your bird from a pet shop, where he or she will have been exposed to an entire gang of diseases and other birds. 

May 22, 2022

Birdie Almond Cookies [ Healthy bird recipe]

Birdie Almond cookie recipe for parrots




Birdie Almond Cookie recipe for feathery friends, everywhere 
Recipe by monika sangar

Ingredients: 

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup flour of your choice ( I used 3/4 cup quinoa and 1/3 cup millet) 

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 egg ( or use 1 tbsp flax meal mixed with 3 tbsp water )

2-ounce apple sauce 

1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped almonds 

water as needed 

Coconut oil for greasing

Directions: 

Set oven at 350ºF
Grease cookie sheet with coconut oil 

Add everything into one bowl and mix. Add enough water to hydrate the flour but you don't want a wet dough. Add enough water so the dough sticks together. 

Make small balls then mash them gently between your palms to create a disk. Place cookie on greased sheet and bake for 15 minutes. 

Let completely cool and store in the fridge. 

The mix of flours and oatmeal for birdie almond cookies
The mix of flours and oatmeal for birdie almond cookies





Birdie almond cookie dough
Add enough water so the dough sticks together




Birdy almond cookies ready for the oven
Birdy almond cookies ready for the oven 






eclectus parrot ate his birdie almond cookie
All done, more, please 







April 21, 2022

DIY Nutriberries [ healthy homemade treats]

DIY Nuritiberry
DIY Nuritiberry

We all know what nutriberries are: round balls of seeds, pellets, or veggies that birds go crazy for. In the simplest form, my version of nutriberries is made by first creating a sticky base and then adding your seeds, veggies, and nuts to form any shape you wish. 

For the sticky base, you can use any dry fruit and add additional ingredients to your parrot's liking. I added half of the mashed sweet potato, for added nutrients, like vitamin A. Nut butter or a mashed banana are a few ideas to add to your sticky base. 

Next to the base, you add flax seeds. Flax meal will work better because it will create a binding effect when water is added. If you don't wish to use Flax or Flax meal, one egg white can be added. 

The most important step: using a blender make the smoothest paste with your dry fruit mixture by adding small amounts of water. Transfer the bowl and add your seeds, nuts, greens, veggies, and fruits to the dry fruit mixture. The mixture should hold its shape so as not to be too sticky.

If it is too sticky, add more of your seed/nut mix. If the mixture became too dry and won't stick together, you need more base. The beauty of the recipe is that it is easily adaptable and you can easily change it to fit your purpose. If all fails, spread the mixture on a cookie sheet and bake. 

Basil eating her Homebaked Nutriberry
Basil eating her Homebaked Nutriberry



Ingredients:


5 dates or any other dry fruit
1/2 sweet Potato 
1 Tablespoon of Flax Meal (or flax seeds) 
Water as needed. 

1 cup total of any seeds/nuts/greens/veggies etc

My favorite mix: 
2Tbls millet 
4Tbls minced dandelion greens
2Tbls Chia and Flax 
2Tbls Hemp seeds
1Tbls Milk Thistle
2Tbls Safflower
2 Tbls Oats 
2 Tbls Hemp Hearts

Directions:

 
Add the first three ingredients into your blender and make a smooth stick mixture. Add water when necessary. 

Transfer your mixture into a bigger bowl if needed, then add all your seed/nut/greens and mix well. 

Make balls or any other shape. 

Bake 325 for 15 minutes 

Cool completely before freezing or giving it to birds.   


  
Kismet testing the home-baked nutriberry
Kismet testing the home-baked nutriberry










 

 






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