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Recipes for Your Pet Bird

Now remember, most of these you can easily substitute with foods you have around the house.....I personally almost always have frozen mixed veggies, plain or vanilla yogurt, as well as dry oatmeal or dry baby cereal and I always mix those in. So don't get discouraged if you don't have the ingredients listed on hand! Most of these recipes are similar and were sent in by various pet bird owners and modified by what fruits & veggies their bird liked the most so feel free to get creative in the kitchen for your bird!


Quick'n Easy Birdy Bread

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup corn meal
2 tsp baking powder

(1 box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix can be substituted for the above ingredients if your trying to be real quick.)

 

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.

 

 


Anne's Birdie Bread

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 box Jiffy banana 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

6 Oz. breeder pellets(Can be Zupreem or any brand)

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

- 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

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

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

Ingredients: 3 eggs with shell, 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.


Mini Minute Birdie Cake

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

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

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

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.


 

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