Want a special treat for your bird (parrot)? This homemade bird bread will surly make your bird happy.
It's made with nothing but the best ingredients. For example: grated carrots, zucchini, and jalapeno peppers (yes parrots like spicy hot), almond butter, 5 different grains, sweet potatoes, and bananas. It has no added oil, flour, or sugar. Additional fruits and vegetables are occasionally added like broccoli and berries.
Give it as treat or a meal. Note, this is not a replacement for their regular food, but used to enrich their existing diet. It has lots of vitamin A, which is also good for your bird.
9 oz of almond butter (chunky) – I prefer over peanut butter because of the calcium
4 oz of eggs (about 3 eggs and 1 egg white)
3 jars of organic baby food (2 jars of sweet potatoes for Vitamin A and 1 jar of squash)
3 bananas (mashed)
1-2 cup carrots (grated) – everyone likes the grated carrot, so I use about 2 cups.
3-4 jalapeños (I only remove the stem)
About 1 cup or so zucchini
About 1/2 cup broccoli (optional)
And/or what ever other vegetables are around. I've dumped in frozen ones too – these do not go through the food processor. Sometimes to mix it up I'll add berries.
1/2 cup cornmeal
2/3 cup rolled grain varieties (Bob's Red Mills 5 Grain Rolled Whole Grain hot cereal)
2/3 cup crushed grain varieties (Bob's Red Mills 8 Grain hot cereal)
Mix eggs & almond butter in large bowl. Add baby food & mashed bananas and mix well. Grate all of the vegetables. (I put all of the vegetables through the food processor and it's just about full when I empty it into the bowl.) Add the vegetables to bowl and mix. Add dry ingredients and mix.
Pour into an un-greased 9x11 glass baking dish and bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes. When toothpicks come out dry it’s done. Cut into small squares for easy meals. Once bread is cool store all but a few days worth of bread in the freezer. Because it’s been cut into portion size pieces, just take out 3-4 days worth at a time.
**Note: the original recipe was found at
http://www.parrothouse.com/amazonbirdiebread.html. Visit the site for more ideas.
"I look forward to my bread every morning. It's a good start to my day and I love the carrots. Sometimes I can’t eat if fast enough." Hedwig (Pionus Parrot)
"It makes for a great snack. I even liked the broccoli." Shim (Lovebird)
“It’s not a good day unless I start out the morning with bird bread.” Zuloo (African Grey)