Cooking for the Flock!
Do you make salads for your family? Why not offer some to your feathered friends, also?! “Chop” is a simple recipe that is packed with nutrition. All you need is a blender or food processor and a small serving dish to create a batch of this delightful feast for your little buddy!
In a blender or food processor, combine any or all of the following:
Carrot, Bell Peppers (all colours), Green Beans, Yellow Beans, Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Zucchini, Defrosted Corn Kernels, Fresh or Defrosted Peas, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Parsley, Cilantro, Red Chili Peppers (most people do not realize that birds love a little spice!), Cooked Quinoa, Cooked Barley, Cooked Whole Grain Pasta, Cooked Whole Grain Rice
Blend until pieces are proportionately sized for your bird’s beak. Serve in a shallow dish. Serving size for small-medium parrots is approximately 1 tsp. Store remaining “chop” in a sealed container in the refrigerator (last for a few days), or in the freezer (defrost as needed).
This high-protein meal is a favourite in my flock! I feed one square every second day year-round, and one square daily during breeding season when the birds benefit from extra vitamins to feed their families. Even really picky eaters tend to enjoy this dish. If your birds are uninterested the first time it is offered do not give up! Sometimes it takes a few offerings before birds will taste a foreign food, but once they do you’ll find the dish empty every time!
2 cups cornmeal
½ cup pellets
½ cup seed mix
¼ cup peanut butter
¼ cup diced fruit (optional)
¼ cup mixed vegetables (optional)
4 oz jar of sweet potato (baby food)
4 oz milk
Mix together. Spread dough into a non-stick pan, leveling the surface. Bake at 350° for 30 mins.
Cut into squares and store in fridge or freeze and defrost as needed.