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These are a selection of tasty, and healthy, recipes for your birds to try.

Bean/Grain/Pasta Mix


2 cups un-popped popcorn

½ cup red beans

½ cup white beans

½ cup garbanzos

½ cup dried peas


½ cup brown rice (or any rice other than white)

OR ½ cup pearl barley

OR ½ cup mixed rice and barley

½ cup pasta of your bird's choice

1 cup diced fresh carrot


Soak popcorn two days, and beans and peas for one day, changing the soak water every eight hours.

Cook popcorn for one hour in LOTS of water in a BIG covered pot.

Add beans and peas, cook for 15 minutes.

Add rice/barley, cook for ten minutes. Add pasta and carrots, cook five minutes.

Drain, cool, bag and freeze. Serves hundreds.

Everything stays sort of semi-hard. most birds prefer it that way, (like canned beans). you can dress it up with other veggies, add peppers to the pot or change the pasta types. And each bird has favourites in the mix, but generally they all eat most of it.



Beans and Grains Mix


Chopped pecans

Eighth cup of corn germ (raw)

I cup cooked oat grouts

2 cups cooked brown rice

20 kinds of beans cooked with hot peppers

1 cup cooked pearled barley

1 cup cooked buckwheat grouts

1 cup cooked bulgur

1 cup cooked spelt

1 cup cooked rye

1 cup coloured/shaped pasta w/a few dried fruits

1 cup plain very small pasta cooked with hot peppers

1 small bag of sweet green peas

1 small bag of sweet corn kernels



Bird Bread


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Put 2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix into a large mixing bowl.

Wash off one egg.

Put 8 oz of fat free yoghurt with acidophilus in it (plain or vanilla) into a blender.

Slice and steam some veggies...carrots, broccoli, cauliflower.

Microwave a handful of frozen mixed veggies...put all of these into the blender ( cool off a little)

Add a big spoonful of cooked sweet potato to the blender.

Crack the egg open into a bowl....add the egg shell to the blender.... blend it the end add the egg and blend more.....if you add the egg too early it foams up, so I blend everything else first.


Add the liquid to the muffin mix....I usually put in ¾and mix it then add the rest as needed....if it is too dry you can put in a little water...I never had to add water.


Spray PAM into an 8 x 8 pan

Add in any extras you want.....cranberry...Harrison's etc.

Mix then pour into the pan and bake.

Check it with a toothpick after 25 min. and add time if you need to.

Remove from the oven and cool a bit....cut into portions and serve...

It freezes well.

Always serve it slightly warm.



Birdie Bread


2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

3 tablespoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of Earthrise/Bright & Healthy Spirulina

2 eggs & shells (puree in blender)

4 4-1/2 ounce jars of baby foods (sweet potatoes, squash, mixed veggies, carrots; one jar of fruit; one jar of chicken/turkey & rice/veggies/noodles)

three-quarter cup of peanut butter

2 cups of dry baby cereal

1 ½ cups of shredded/chopped veggies (usually carrots or broccoli)

Any of the baby food fruits and veggies can be used but choose those with a high vitamin A content.


Mix wet and dry ingredients separately.

Combine wet & dry ingredients. Add the shredded/chopped veggies.

Spray a 9x13 inch pan with Pam Cooking Spray & bake for about 30 minutes (check for doneness) in a 400 degree pre-heated oven.

Cool on a rack, cut into squares and freeze in a freezer zip-lock plastic bag



Birdie Biscotti


1 c. of ground bird pellets.

½ c. corn meal.

½ c. whole wheat flour.

1 c. ground almonds.

1-2 tbsp of powdered wheat grass.

2 tbsp of powdered eggshells.

4 eggs.

1 jar of baby food carrots.

Enough unsweetened fruit juice to mix into a firm dough.


Scoop by the spoonful and roll into balls of about ½" to ¾" diameter.

Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 20-30 min.

Cool on a rack and keep in the refrigerator. Also freezes well. Depending on size, makes about 90-100.

keep a zip lock of these in the freezer at all times and take out about however many you want at a time and keep in the refrigerator.

A much healthier substitute for many of the bird treats in the pet stores



Boiled Pop Corn


Dump a pound of popcorn kernels in a LARGE microwave proof bowl.

Fill the bowl with water.

Cook on high in half-hour increments for one and a half hours. Add water each half hour.

Drain, cool and pack in small bags and freeze.

Defrost in hot water and feed.



Seed Stick Recipe


Seed sticks that made from pancake batter.


When you make pancakes dilute the leftover batter.

Mix in ground up sterilized eggshells

Add pellets (cockatiel pellets)

Then add mixed seed (about twice as much seed as batter),

Wipe the pan with a little olive oil and cook like a large pancake over low heat until it is set enough to handle.

Cut it into strips while it's still warm .

Bake the sticks on a cookie sheet in a in 200 F. oven until it has the consistency of a honey stick.

store them in an airtight container.

The mix could be poured into any kind of mould and baked, skipping the skillet step



High Protein Bread


6 oz. breeder pellets. (Weigh out.)

2 cups cooked beans (kidney, lentils, garbanzo, etc)

½ cup whole-wheat flour

½ cup flour (regular flour)

3 eggs plus shells

½ cup cornmeal

½ cup raw carrots, chopped in blender

½ cup shelled sunflower seeds

½ cup vegetable. 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 ingredients to make a thick batter. Add water as needed but it will be thick not pour able.

Bake at 45-50 min.

Cool in pans on wire racks. Cut into pieces. Freeze individual servings in bags and thaw as needed.



Vegetable-rich Bread


Substitute equal amounts of soaked maintenance pellets and cooked veggies.

Carrots, broccoli, yams, squash instead of the beans. Prepare as above.



Basic Rice Recipe


2 c. cooked rice

4 c. cooked mixed veggies

1 c. high protein baby cereal

1 T. Vitapreen or other good bird vitamin


Mix well. Freeze in small freezer bags. Break off pieces as needed, heat, and serve. Other items you can add are cooked macaroni, beans, raisins, or chopped figs.



Mixed Veggies and Rice


1 cup of rice

1 pound bags of (corn, peas, and broccoli)

1/2 cup green raisins

1/4 cup currants

1/4 cup uncooked couscous

1/4 cup uncooked bulgur wheat.


Boil brown rice quite fast, unlike cooking rice for humans. This way the rice is crunchy in the middle. You can supplement or exchange any of the veggies with fresh veggies like chopped broccoli, grated carrots, green beans, eggplant, squashes, partially cooked sweet potatoes, fresh corn on the cob, apple, etc. Use your imagination.



Power Lunch


1 cup long-grain brown rice

1/2 cup quinoa

1/2 cup hulled millet

1/2 cup almonds

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried basil

3 cups water

1 teaspoon chicken bouillon


Place all ingredients in an 8x8x2-inch ovenproof glass dish or 1 1/2 quart glass bowl and stir to mix. Cover with waxed paperand cook in microwave on high for 25 minutes. Add to this freshcut-up vegetables such as celery, bell pepper, peas, beans, squash, or mixed vegetables, or brussels sprouts. Serve warm.



Soft Food Recipe


1 cup long grain brown rice (organic if possible)

1/4 cup mixed beans (lentils, limas, garbanzo, etc.)

2 1/2 cups water


Add beans to water, bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed from the mixture. Remove from heat and add frozen corn and peas to your preference, usually about 1 cup of corn and 1/2 cup of peas will do, but your bird may enjoy more or less of these veggies. Let stand a while as the frozen vegetables cook a bit, probably about 10 or 15 minutes.


*Chop carrots, apples, oranges, sweet potatoes, peppers (red), broccoli, squash, and other vegetable that is handy and fresh (corn on the cob, peas from the garden, etc.), into bird bite sized pieces. Add them to the mixture of beans and rice.*Sprinkle lightly with a good quality bird vitamin powder, acidophilus culture, and Spirulina and stir into mixture.Chop firm, lowfat tofu into bite-sized chunks and mix it in. Serve with chopped grapes on top.Do not leave this out for very long, as it will start to spoil. Should be removed before nightfall, or if it starts to smell spoiled.



Millet and Rice


1 part cup cooked hulled millet

1 part cup white rice, cooked

1 part cup brown rice, cooked


Soak millet in water for 20 minutes prior to cooking. Mix together with rice and serve warmed.



Birdie Treats


Boil some wild rice (they loves the dark grains most).

Boil some beans (white, kidney...).

Bake a yam.

Cook some polenta.

Steam some broccoli.

Mush it all together into meal-size balls and freeze. It only takes about 45 mins to defrost.



Fifteen Bean Soup


1 package 15 bean soup

1 bag frozen corn

1 cup raw brown rice


Soak beans overnight. Add rice, cook for 1 hour or until done. Add corn 50 minutes after you started beans cooking. Drain water and serve. Store excess in leakproof containers. May be frozen in 3 day serving sized containers, and thawed before use.



Beans and Rice


1/4 cup pinto beans

1/4 cup kidney beans

1/4 cup split peas

1/4 cup lentils

1/4 cup navy beans

1/4 cup garbanzo beans

1 cup cooked brown rice

1 cup cooked white rice

1 carrot (chopped)

1 cup frozen corn (thawed)


Soak beans overnight. Drain, rinse, refill pan with water. Add carrots and cook with beans for 1 hour. Add corn and rice and cook till warm. Cool and serve. Store excess in leak proof containers. May be frozen in 3 day serving sized containers, and thawed before use.



Birdie 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 hours, bring to a boil with a little salt and let sit for a couple of hours. Drain and rinse.



Big bean!


1lb soy beans

1/4 lb whole grain rice

1/4 lb barley

1/4 lb Mung beans

1/4 lb green lentil

1/8 lb popping corn

1/4 lb winter wheat

1/4 lb lentil

1/8 lb raw peanuts


(This quantity will last for months!) Mix these all together in a large glass airtight container. Using 1/2 cup of mixture, soak over night, bring to boil then remove from heat & let sit for 20 min. Drain well & place in zip loc freezer bag & this is important..... Freeze flat so you can break the mix up into small chunks.



Birdie Chili


1/4 cup adzuki beans

1/2 cup long-grain brown rice

1/4 cup quinoa

2 3/4 cups water

3 whole green chilies

1 bay leaf

Pinch of dried oregano


Place all ingredients in 1 1/2 quart microwave casserole dishand stir to distribute evenly. Cover with wax paper and cookin microwave on high for 35 minutes. Let cool before serving.




Birdie Treats


Boil some wild rice (they loves the dark grains most).

Boil some beans (white, kidney...).

Bake a yam.

Cook some polenta.

Steam some broccoli.


Mush it all together into meal-size balls and freeze. It only takes about 45 mins to defrost.

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