Every Rescue is a Story Worth Telling.
Charlie was rescued with fatty liver disease, now loving a healthy food diet.
Pari, used to be a breeder bird with no toys, now has as many toys as she wish.
Lotus was rescued with splayed leg and curved spine. He will be on meds for life.
Subhaan was in and out of the hospital when he first came to us. Now happy and playing all the time.

Edible Flowers

Edible flowers for you and your parrots 

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata)
Apple blossum (Malus domestica)
Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Bee balm (Monarda)
Borage blossoms (Borago officinalis)
Bottlebrush (Callistemon spp.)
Calendula (Pot Marigold) (Calendula officinalis)
Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus)
Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
Chives (allium schoenoprasum)
Coriander/cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
Dandelion (Taraxacum)
Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.)
Dill (Anethum graveolen)
Elderberry (Sambucus spp.)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)
Garlic (Allium sativum L.)
Grapefruit (Citrus x paradise)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Jarcaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia)
Kumquat (various Fortunella species)
Lilac (Oleaceae Syringa)
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
Lemon (Citrus × lemon)
Milk thistle (Silybum species)
Melalecuca (Melaleuca quinquinervia)
Orchid tree (Bauhinia verigata)
Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)
Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Pansies (Viola tricolor)
Passion flowers (Passifloraceae Passiflora)
Petunia (Petunia spp.)
Plum (Prunoideae Prunus)
Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo or Cucurbita mixta)
Roses/Rose hips (Rosoideae Rosa)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Runner Beans (Phaseolus coccineus)
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus)
Thyme (Lamiaceae Thyme)
Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo.)
Violets (Violaceae Viola)

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. 


Author Monika Sangar

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

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. 


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


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. 


Author Monika Sangar

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

Parrot diet [ balance is key]

bird eating walnut

The number one question we get is about parrot food. We know there’s too much opposing information about everything online and sometimes it's too hard to know what is the truth. So hopefully our experience can help with simplifying bird food. 
First of all: avoid avocado, tomato, salty food, junk food, chocolate.
Next: All we can do is give you our opinion, reasons for why we do what we do. At the end of the day, it’s your decision.
We provide everything to our birds because we believe everything in moderation balances the diet. We provide:
Fruits, veggies, and greens
Seed mix
Pellets (more on this below) 

What we have learned:

1) Just seed diet is bad ( this means people who ONLY give seeds, nothing else) I do use seeds. Not every day, and not only seed diet.
2) Colored pellet have artificial colors which are linked to behavior and health issue. 
3) non-color pellet in moderation 
**Read the ingredients carefully  (not all pellets are great)
**Read the instructions carefully 
4) Fresh fruits, veggies, and greens every day... make chop, steam veggies, make a fruit salad. There are many ways to include them. Add sprouts and nuts to them to make it into a complete nutrition meal.
5) Avoid dry fruit... it’s just sugar, it’s bad for humans and pets. Just eat fresh fruits.
This works most days for us.
Might not work for you, which is fine. Some birds are so picky they will not eat fresh food so few use birdie bread as a way to included veggies into their bird diet. 
Medical issues need to be considered before changing the diet. If your bird is on a specific diet because of medical needs, that must be followed. 

Guava snacks for everyone 


Author Monika Sangar

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

DIY seed balls [ healthy homemade treats]

DIY Nuritiberry
DIY Seed Ball

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 Seed Ball 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 Seed Ball


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


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 seed ball


Author Monika Sangar

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)



No Discrimination

No kinda of discrimination goes on between the munchkins at the sanctuary. The eclectus especially love new parrots which are introduce. Doesn't matter to them if they are small, or big, yellow or blue.

We are usually more afraid, because we don't know if they will get along. But eclectus' have such a warm heart that they welcomed everyone with a big kiss.

Sharing meals together has become a norm in our sanctuary. All the little munchkins eat together. They will even share a bowl of food together.

Its refreshing to see no discrimination in our sanctuary among our little one. We are truly grateful.

Birdie Bread Recipe [parrot recipe]

Birdie Bread


2 sweet potato, cooked, mashed
1 carrot
bunch of dandelion green
bunch of fresh cilantro
1 apple, chopped plus water
1/4 cup flax meal
3 tbls flax seeds
2 tbls chia seeds
2 Tbls Sesame seeds
1/4 cup almonds
3/4 cup to 1 cup rice flour
2 TBLS chill flakes


1) In a food processor add your chopped apple and pulse, adding water to make apple sauce.

2) then add carrots, dandelion greens, cilantro, to the food processor and grind well.

3) add almonds to the food processor and grind roughly.

4) In a bowl, add all your ingredients together, from food processor, sweet potato, seeds, flax meal,  chill flakes, and rice flour.

5) mix well until a slightly wet dough forms.

6) put the dough into your pan, spread so it's about 3/4 inch thick.
Oven 350 F for 20 minutes.

Cook until the dough leaves the edge of the pan and the edge is slightly brown.
cut into squares and serve.

Parrot eating


Author Monika Sangar

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

Quick Understanding of Bird Chop [diy]

If you just got yourself into the parrot world, the chop is one word you will be hearing, a lot. If you are already in the parrot world, welcome to the new parrot chop recipe. 

Eclectus Parrot eating chop

What is a chop diet?

Why birdie chop? 

I'm here to answer all these questions and more. 

Parrot chop is basically, chopped-up veggies, greens, mixed with cooked grains. The object is to chop up ingredients small enough so your parrot won't be able to select its favorite food item; however, your parrot might not like it finely chopped, in that case, do as your parrot wish. Different chop recipes will do things differently but simply put, the chop is fresh food for parrots.
Parrot owners are making homemade chop to provide their parrots with complete nutrition - fresh food meals. I and most other parrot owners try to add a rainbow of ingredients into their bird chop recipe.

The great thing about birdie chop is you can just use anything you have in hand. If you only have one grain, a few veggies, and red chill flakes, that can easily be turned into the chop. 

Before you start making parrot chop, there are a few things you should consider. 

1) Your parrots favorite veggies
2) How big is your flock
3) Does your parrot like defrosted chop or fresh 
4) Does your parrot like finely chopped or not
5) How often can you cook Chop
6) Do you have enough room to freeze chop

Parrots eating chop

Just like everything else in life, one parrot chop recipe doesn't fit all. You will have to experiment, see what works for you. 

My advice will be to start with 1 or 2 grains, 3 veggies/greens, red chill flakes, and one herb. 

Make a small batch bird chop. There is no need to collect 20 different ingredients and then realize your parrots don't like broccoli and there goes your batch of chop. Start small, see when they like to eat it (because they might not like chop in the mornings, only dinner time), what they like or don't like. Do they like it finely chopped or does it have to be finely chopped in the food processor? 

Some recipes call for freezing chop, but if your parrot doesn't like mushy veggies, then freezing it isn't an option for you. 

Also remember if your parrots like your chop recipe today, tomorrow they won't.  

Now that you have more questions about your parrots than answers and are feeling overwhelmed. Let us go deeper into parrot chop. 

Parrot chop recipe

Flock size and numbers:
This is easy to understand. Larger parrots will eat more than smaller ones. If you have a larger flock, you will need to cook more chop. 

Second, larger parrots might favor knife chopped veggies more than food processed (finely chopped) others may not. Experiment to see what works best. 

You do not want chunks of veggies because then they can eat around it. The idea is the have it small enough, so your parrot can't pick and choose what to eat. Unless your parrot is actually a pig and will eat anything.

Bad eating habits:
If your parrot is used to a certain food, like sunflower seeds, changing diets can be tricky. One way you can help change diet change is by adding a few sunflower, or pellets to the chop. 

Your parrot will see or smell their favorite food and in the process might try out some of the veggies. 

If your parrot loves apples, add apples or apple sauce to your chop.

Remember Chop is a beautiful open concept to help you provide a complete nutrition meal to your parrots. Feel free to change any recipe, to fit your needs. 

Freezing Chop: 
You may or may not wish to freeze chop. I prefer not to freeze. One batch of chop lasts a maximum of three days in the fridge. 

If you wish to freeze chop, there are a few things to consider. 

1) Do you have room in your freezer?

2) It is best to air-tight when freezing veggies. So you might want to consider a vacuum seal or other airtight containers. Uncovered in the freeze, your chop will get freezer burn FAST.

3) Chop will last maximum of 3 months in the freezer. 

4) Will you parrots like defrosted chop?

When making chop to freeze, remember you want to chop to be as dry. Remember to dry all your veggies, greens. Your cooked grains should be as dry as possible. 

Fruit adds moisture. So you might want to consider not adding fruit to your freezer chop. 

Consider adding Flax seeds and Chia seeds. Even Flax meal. These will absorb any extra moisture. Adding leftover pellet powder is also another way to make your chop dryer. 

I know some recipes call for dry fruit or veggies, they do absorb the moisture, but it's extra sugar you are adding to chop and other chemicals like sulfate. I don't add any dry fruit or veggies.

Eclectus eating Chop

Now for the most famous list of all,  foods to avoid. If you haven't seen this list already, then the parrot community isn't doing its job. So let me show it to you.

Foods to avoid

AlcoholApple seedsAvocado
Junk Food
Stone fruit pits
Raw dairy (milk, fresh cheese, ice cream)
Raw onions
Raw mushrooms


Bird eating chop

For parrot chop, you can use almost any ingredient, but there are a few suggestions: 

Grains: rice, quinoa, pasta, spelt, amaranth, farro, barley, buckwheat, millet, cooked beans, and lentils.

Veggies: carrots, sweet potatoes, any orange squash, green peppers, jalapeƱos, zucchini, broccoli, coconut, parsnips, snap peas, corn, green beans

Think orange: cook carrots, cooked sweet potato, and or cooked squash

Now for orange veggies, we need to cook them. We can add them to our boiling water at the beginning of our cook time. The reason is that cooking them increases the beta carotene which is what we are looking for as nutrition value. Beta carotene is converted into Vitamin A in animal bodies. For more information about cooking orange veggies, follow the link.

Sweet potatoes are not to be consumed raw because they are hard on digestion. Cooking them eliminates this effect. 

Greens: carrot tops, beet tops, celery leaves, cabbage, kale, spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, cilantro, dandelion greens

Seeds/herbs/spices: flax Seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, rapeseeds, celery seeds, fennel seeds, rosemary, oregano, basil, coriander, cumin, turmeric, red chill flakes

Yes, you guessed it:

Special ingredient list: bee pollen, dried rosebuds, echinacea herb, milk thistle seed, elderberry & flower, lavender flower, barberry root.

Chop recipe


Now all is left is to try it out. Here is my favorite recipe, with additional notes so you can change it as you wish:


1/4 cup of grains   (can be a mix of grains, or just one)
5 cups of water 
2 cups of veggies chopped   (mix of veggies)
1 sweet potato, peeled, cubed
2 bunches of greens/fresh herbs   (can be a mix of few or just one)
1 Tbsp Flax seeds
1 Tbsp chai seeds
1 Tbsp red chill flakes 
A punch of bee pollen

  1. Boil your water 
  2. Add your grains and sweet potato to the water, let it boil for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the grain cook in the hot water. After 20 minutes, strain the grains/sweet potatoes.
  3. Mix your veggies, greens, and seeds/herb mix with your grains and sweet potatoes.
  4. Sprinkle with bee pollen

Prepare your greens/Fresh herbs: 
  1. Roughly chop your greens and then finely chop them in the food processor.  (if using nuts, you can add them with your greens and finely chop them) **

Prepare your Seed/Herbs/species.
  1. Mix all your seeds, and dried herbs together.

*If you have whole flax seeds, you can grind them in a spice or coffee grinder, to make a fresh flaxseed meal. 

** my parrots like their veggies knife chopped. You can also finely chop your veggies into the food processor with your greens

Flavors my Parrots love for their Birdie Chop: 

Indian: Coriander and cumin seeds powder (*you can grind yourself) with red chill flakes and fresh ginger. 

Mexican: Cumin and paprika with fresh or dry oregano.

Italian: Fennel seeds or fresh fennel, lavender flowers, with fresh or dry basil and oregano.

Here are a few bird chop recipes: 

How to make your own Birdie Chop made Easy and Simple.
Just follow the the simple steps and you will have your chop ready in no time. 

Chop Guide


Author Monika Sangar

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

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