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These recipes have been gathered from many chat groups and websites across the internet.  If you see yours here and would like credit let me know, or if you would like it removed.  I apologize but I have been collecting recipes for some time and can not remember where they all came from. 

Always looking for New recipes if you have one you would like to add email me.
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Fruits & Veggies Layered Salad
V-8 Potato Recipe
Fruit and Veggie Salad Diablo
Simple Birdie Bars
Thrifty Baby Helper
Amazon Stick treats
Your Own Seed Mix
Baking a Cake Fruit & Nut Bar
Birdie Muffin
Kitchen Sink Birdie Bread
Sunshine's Muffins
Tails Up Birdie Bread
Bird Bread Recipe
Judith's Birdie Bread
Wild Rice Pancakes
ACS Birdie Bread
Buttercup's Birdie Bars
Corn Bake
Mexican Veggie Corn Muffins
Norma's Birdie Bread
Tracy's Birdie Bread
Tu-Ki Treat
Sue T's Birdie Bread
Parrot Muffins
Birdy Cornbread
"Fruity" Birthday Cake
David's Nestling Food

Baking Cookies

Cockatiel Cookies
Amazon Recipe
Cockatiel recipe
Palm Fruit Cookies
Bogie's Birdies Biscotti
Simple Honey Treats
Bean Cakes
Macaw Recipe
Birdie Waffles
Potato Pancakes
Birdie French Toast
Banana Nut Oatmeal
Beans and Rice
Birdwise Baked Macaroni with Tofu
Couscous with Veggies
Gertie's Great Griddle Cakes
Jayne's Birdie Waffles
Mike's Manna Mash
Pasta and Rice
Quick Breakfast
Rice Dessert
Rice Salad for Birds
Tooty's Dinnertime Carbo Munchie Delite
Gelatin Plastic Toys
Nutriberry-Like Treat
Cherane's Treat
Easy Vitamin A Pasta Salad for Birds
Microwave Cooking
Fruits and Veggies Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Tosca's Pumpkin Goo
Brittany's Bird Treats
Mini Pumpkins
Simple Boiled Popcorn Recipe
Microwave Bird Biscuits

Layered Salad Recipe

Once a week, layer in plastic storage containers the following:
Layer 1 - (bottom layer) - chopped greens, which are varied each week. One week, use collard greens and parsley and mustard greens, and the next use Swiss chard, kale and dandelion greens.
Layer 2 - chopped (1/4 to 1/2 inch cubes) green vegetables, including any of the following: Brussels sprouts, zucchini and other summer squash, jicama, red or green peppers, fresh hot peppers, chayote squash, green beans, fresh peas, cucumber, celery, anise root, etc.
Layer 3 - chopped broccoli and shredded carrots (you can use cooked and chopped sweet potato or winter squash.)
Layer 4 - dry, uncooked pasta. This will absorb some of the moisture from the mix and soften nicely.
Layer 5 - cooked beans. Buy one of the 13 or 17 bean soup mixes, Soak them overnight, rinse, and then bring to a boil and cook for about 25 minutes, then drain.
Layer 6 - a mixture of chopped apples, oranges (You can use other types of citrus instead of oranges, including grapefruit, lemons, tangerines, etc.) and whole grapes (you can substitute fresh blueberries and pitted ripe cherries, or fresh cranberries)
Layer 7 - frozen mixed vegetables.
The containers are then placed in the refrigerator (don't freeze).

Issues of freshness: this mix stays fresh in these tubs for up to seven days for three reasons:
1. Layered salads stay fresher longer.
2. The orange juice filters down and slightly acidifies that mix.
3. The frozen mixed vegetables placed on top super-cool the mix immediately (cold air sinks/warm air rises).

Use each morning, empty out one container into a large mixing bowl. At that point, you can add other foods that might not either hold up, or stay fresh in the layered mix, such as: soft fruits (blueberries, peaches, plums, kiwi fruits, melon, etc), sprouts, or cooked grains (amaranth, quinoa, brown rice, barley, pine nuts or walnut pieces etc).

Once everything from the tub is completely mixed together, put into another large bowl - eight scoops of this fruit and veggie mix, one scoop of seed mix and one scoop of pellets.
This is then mixed together and fed to the birds.

One container will keep for about three days, even after being opened and mixed up.

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Fruit & Nut Bar

2 large eggs
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
18 oz. box corn bread
1/3 cup cranberry juice ( I use cran-apple )
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup mixed vegetables, defrosted, and chopped fine
1/2 cup chopped broccoli

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. In a large bowl, stir together, eggs, applesauce, cranberry juice, mixed vegetables and broccoli.
3. Add corn bread mix a little at a time. Stir until well combined.
4. Stir in raisins and walnuts.
5. Pour batter into well greased 8x8 pan.
6. Bake for 20 min.
7. When cool, cut into squares and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Birdie Bars


1. Mix some treat seed with pure honey.
2. Add some nuts in a size good for your bird.
3. Wrap with saran wrap.

You can give it too them soft or put it in the fridge for a few days to harden.

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Cockatiel cookies

1 egg (shell optional)
1/2 cup oatmeal (regular with NO sugar)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup seed or pellets

1. Add water until a thick dough forms.
2. Spoon by 1 oz sized lumps onto parchment papered cookie sheet.
3. Cook at 350*F for 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Good for 2 weeks

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato (or piece depending on number of birds and size)

Peanut butter
Wheat grass

1. Pierce a sweet potato a few times with a knife or fork.
2. Microwave until fork tender.
3. Cut up into chunks, mash with a fork.
Option: mix in a tiny bit of peanut butter, spirulina, or wheat grass. You can add about anything.

Let cool until just warm then feed to birds.

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Birdie Muffin Recipe

Jiffy Corn Bread Mix

1. Mix Bread mix with water or juice. DO NOT USE MILK
2. Add fruits and vegetables
3. Follow directions on box to cook muffins

Freeze extra muffins.
Pop in microwave to thaw and serve a little warm.

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Kitchen Sink Birdie Bread

2 corn muffin mix
4 eggs crushed with shells.
Glob of peanut butter
handful of pet amine
Pellet dust
6 oz baby food
Carrots or sweet potatoes

1. Moisten with juice.
2. Bake according to instructions.

This can be frozen and handed to large birds in chunks and easily mashed up with frozen and fresh veggies for small and large birds. Top off with some fresh fruit.

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Tosca's Pumpkin Goo

Canned pumpkin puree
Sugar (or honey, molasses)

1. Mix any amount of canned pumpkin puree with a little bit of cinnamon and sugar (raisins)
2. Warm it gently in the microwave or stovetop.

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Thrifty Baby Helper

2 Tablespoons of sugar-free organic Peanut Butter
1/2 cup hi-protein pellets
1/2 cup Maseca flour (This is the flour used to make tortillas)
Green Beans
Any other fruits and veggies

1. Put pellets in food chopper and grind until the consistency of sand.
2. Put fruit in blender and puree.
3. Mix everything together in blender until smooth and blended. It should have a consistency of soft fudge. (held together, but not terribly dry)

Give about one or two teaspoons every day.

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Potato (or piece depending on number of birds and size)

1. Pierce a sweet potato a few times with a knife or fork.
2. Microwave until fork tender.
3. Cut up into chunks, mash with a fork.
4. You can add beet juice or fruit juice (that is made by squeezing fruit) to the potato.

Let it cool a bit before giving it to them.

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Bean Cakes

Amounts will vary depending on how many birds you have)
star pastiness
kidney beans (or any other type of bean)
seed or pellets (you can add a little budgie gravel, too)
fruit juice
Peanut butter

1. Cook pastines until they boil.
2. Then add vegetables and parsley. (DO NOT ADD BEANS)
3. Place in strainer and let the water drain.
4. Dump back into pot and add the fruit juice, pellets, beans, and you may add a little bit of peanut butter.
5. Place in cupcake pans and freeze.

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Sunshine's Muffins

4 Cups Cornbread mix
4 Eggs with shells (cleaned)
3 T Sugar
1 Cup water or juice (add more as needed)
1 Pkg mixed vegetables (green beans, corn, peas)
1 " Corn
1 " Cape Cod mix
1 Can Kidney beans (rinsed)
1 " Black beans "
1 " Black-eyed peas "
1 " Pinto beans "
1 Cup Grape Nuts
2 Cups diced celery
1 Cup chopped watercress
1 Cup grated cheddar cheese
diced almonds or walnuts

1. Mix well.
2. Pour into lined muffin pans
3. Bake until done at 400 degree's.

Keep out enough muffins for 2-3 days use and freeze the rest.

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Tails Up Birdie Bread

2 boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
2 eggs, excluding shells
2/3 cup apple juice with no additives or preservatives
24 oz can of sweet potatoes, rinsed and mashed
1 apple, scrubbed and cut into small chunks
2 bananas
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 heaping cup of Avian Naturals herb mix
1 cup of Beak Appetit food (any flavor, prepared)

Pour into a 9" x 13" pan greased with olive oil. Place on middle rack of 450-degree oven for 45 minutes or when a toothpick comes out clean. Cut into small squares and freeze in baggies. Reheat in microwave for 30 seconds and crumble into food dishes.

Sue Turner

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Honey Treats

4 cups bird seed of choice (according to the size of bird)
½ c clover honeys
6 envelopes of unflavored gelatin (equals 4 ½ Tbs)
½ c of dried greens or dried peppers or fruit or veggie
Zupreem Pellets

1. Combine dry gelatin and honey in small sauce pan.
2. Bring to boil over medium heat stirring constantly for 4 minutes.
3. Pour into the center of the seeds and your choice of fruits and veggies or one or the other plus some pellets or choice.
4. Spray your hands with Non-stick cooking spray and spray on muffin tin. 5. When cool enough mix with hands and roll into balls for 2 inch tins makes( 50 treats) or apricot size balls for 3 inch tins (25 treats).
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Bake small treats for 15
minutes- Large treats 20 minutes.
7. While they cook- Fold twist ties in half to use for attaching treats to cage. 8. When treats are cooked remove from oven and quickly insert in the center of each treat the twist tie. Press down and around ties firmly. As treats cool, they will harden completely.
Store in air tight container. Also, treats can be stored in freezer.

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V-8 Potato Recipe

Sweet Potato
V-8 Splash

1. take a sweet potato and stick it with a fork a few times then microwave
until soft.
2. Smash it with a fork and add some v-8 splash.

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Macaw Recipe

15 Bean soup mix
1 c popcorn seeds
2 c brown rice
1 c sweet potato cut into large chunks
2 c oatmeal

1. Soak a package of 15 bean soup beans for eight hours.
2. Add popcorn seeds and soak those for 6 hours
3. After soaking begin a boil, after 45 minutes of boiling add brown rice and sweet potato, after 15 minutes oatmeal.
4. After all the water is gone, let cool and package small servings into freezer bags to have for months.
You thaw one package a week or so.

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Amazons Stick treats

5 Tbs peanut butter
Sesame seeds
Large crackers

1. Put peanut butter and some sesame seed and mix it up.
2. Get crackers of any choice and crush them up inside the mix.
3. Put this mixture on a flat piece of small wood and mount it on the side of the cage and it makes for some nice treats.

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Amazon Recipe

2 eggs with crushed shell
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup wheat flour
1/3 cup granola w/ raisins (or oats)
1/4 cup pellets crushed

1. Mix then Bake in pre heated oven at 350 degree's
2. On non greased cookie sheet ( make small bite sizes ) for 10-12 minutes

Keep in freezer or fridge

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Bird Bread Recipe

3 cans Marie Callander Corn Bread mix
3/4 cup Harrison's super mash
large handful of Tropical bits Scenic pellets
whole thing of plain yogurt (or cuttle bone shavings)
Hulled millet and sesame seeds
1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
2 eggs w/ shells
2 cups of water that has been boiling
either spinach, Swiss chard, or mustard greens.
1 lrg super soft cooked sweet potato
pumpkin pie spice
dab of brown sugar
1 1/4 cup small jar baby Apple Carrot juice
super finely grated carrots

1. All but the dry ingredient put in a food processor till almost water consistency.
2. Then pour into bowl that has all the dry ingredients. Mix well and add chopped nuts (pine nuts, almonds, walnuts etc.)
3. Pour into greased glass baking dish to level of 1/3 full due to rising as it bakes. Can also use muffin tins.
4. Sprinkle w/sesame seeds of small type pellets.
5. Bake at 350 for about an hour. Test w/toothpick. When comes out clean its done

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Birdie Waffles

Waffle batter

Broccoli slaw
Grated carrots
Thawed frozen veggies
Baby food

1. Make up waffle batter and add anything you like
2. Prepare waffles

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Cockatiel recipe

eggs (with or without shell)
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup wheat flour
1/3 cup granola w/ raisins (or oats)
1/4 cup crushed pellets

1. Bake in pre heated oven at 350 degrees on non greased cookie sheet (make bite sizes)

keep in fridge

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Palm Fruit Cookies

4 eggs
28 oz can of Palm Fruit pulp
2 boxes of Jiffy’s Oatmeal muffin mix
2 tsp Baking powder
3 tbs ground cinnamon
2 8 oz finely ground almonds
2 8 oz chopped almonds

1. In a large bowl mix the entire Palm fruit, the blended eggs, 2 boxes of muffin mix, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and almonds.
2. Mix it well. At this point the dough is not yet of cookie consistency - too thin. Add flour until it gets there, nice and thick.
3. Portion the dough on a cookie sheet with a table spoon
4. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.

I freeze what I don't use in a week.

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Fruit and Veggie Salad Diablo

dried whole chili's

1. Mix small chunks of fresh fruit, mix enough for two or three days for freshness sake.
2. Add thawed and heated veggies
3. Let the heated (and partially cooked) veggies cool some,
4. Add fresh sliced jalapeño and dried whole chili's.

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Boiled Popcorn Recipe (microwave)

2 c yellow un-popped popcorn

1. Place popcorn in a tall glass bowl. Cover popcorn over with water. Cover with saran wrap, vented.
2. Microwave on high for 30 minutes making sure the popcorn does not run dry of water.
3. Then seal tight and let it stand 30 minutes.
4. Vent it, add more water to cover popcorn and microwave again 30 minutes.
5. Then seal again and let it stand 30 minutes more.
6. Then test it with your fingernail, you should be able to push your nail easily into the kernel.

If not, repeat another round of cooking.
When cooled, serve to parrots.
Refrigerate or freeze unused portions

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Judith's Birdie Bread

Basically...I don't see any need for the baking powder or baking soda, which is what makes a "light" bread...the parrots don’t care if their bread is "light" or not, and a heavy one is easier to hold in your foot...(well if you're a parrot anyway, haven’t tried it myself).

I don't use all-purpose flour at all for the birds.

Bird bread here starts out with nuking a winter squash, butternut, acorn, or any other hard-shell squash; they are all good sources of Vitamin A. Sweet potatoes can also be used, alone or in combination with the squash.

Scrape the flesh, seeds and all, from the shell and discard shell.

Whirl two or three eggs in the blender, shell and all. (The air mixed into the eggs does help "lighten" the bread.)

Mix in enough oatmeal, corn meal, or a combination of the two to make a stiff dough (i.e. you have to spoon it out, not pour it). Toss in large greased baking pan.

Bake at 350º F until a knife stuck in the middle comes out clean. If the dough is thick, i.e. to the top of the pan, this takes about an hour. If it's thin.... more like takes maybe a half hour. With small birds, I'd make the thinner version even if it takes two pans.

Anyway...that is the basic method of making bird bread, though I never make a
version that "plain."  Variations are can use sweet potatoes nuked along with the squash, or the latest here...I bought up pumpkins after Halloween, gutted them, saving the seeds of course, then cooked the rest of it down, then mashed it up and froze it in batches. This replaces the squash.

If you've got dead ripe bananas, toss them in with the eggs or just mash them into the squash...or add a sweet pepper, or some chunks of apple or pear...had an extra navel orange on the counter this morning, so that went in with the eggs.

You can add frozen mixed veggies, or run fresh veggies through the cuisinart and add…or do what I usually do which is use whatever veggie/pasta mix is left over from the morning feed.

I also often add cranberries, fresh or dried, and if you're doing this orange goes nicely…so toss some orange chunks in with the eggs. When blueberries are in season, I add them and buy extras to freeze and use…these usually last me until fresh cranberries are in season again, then I buy enough of them to last till it's blueberry time again.  I buy frozen unsweetened coconut when it's on sale also and add that.

You can add various seasonings…with the pumpkin base and cranberries… pumpkin pie spice has been popular. I've got a very old parrot who almost died on me over the holidays that I'm trying to get back up to fighting weight who developed a taste for…sigh…gingersnaps, so I make a "gingerbread" version with a dash of molasses, lots of fresh ginger (tossed into he blender with the eggs), cloves, and can toss in some unsweetened applesauce or shred apples and use apple pie spices. Or forget the sweet and add some salsa, corn, black beans, and hot peppers along with some chili powder and garlic run through a garlic smasher. Or tomato sauce, garlic, Italian seasonings, chopped sweet peppers, and fennel seeds for parrot "pizza".

You can add nuts, but my guys eat them without any encouragement so I usually don't bother.  I sometimes also add some peanut oil.  Although I'll usually then cook a separate pan without it for the Toos and the Grey.'s never the same twice, but they all seem to like it and it's a handy way to hide vegetables for picky ones. I make a big pan (20" by 13") a day...but it freezes well, just cut into serving sizes first.

Got a friend who has fewer birds and/or more time who uses the same recipe and drops it onto cookie sheets to make "parrot cookies"...sounds good but not when you're cooking for 29.  ;)

About Judith   

At last count (Feb 2002) Judith was owned by 1 Congo African Grey, 1 Elenora Too, 1 Galah Too, 2 Umbrella Toos, 2 Moluccans (no these are not breeding pairs), then the Macaws...9 Blue and Golds, 5 Greenwings, 3 Scarlets, 2 Hybrids, 2 Hahns, and 1 Hyacinth.   

If you have any questions about this recipe or her flock, feel free to email her at
© 2002 Judith Archer

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Potato Pancakes (recipe can be doubled)

In a large bowl, break an egg and whip with a fork.  Stir in 1 cup of biscuit mix and add a little water.  Stir until smooth.  Then add mashed potatoes (leftovers are fine) and a little corn.  The corn can be canned, frozen or cut off the cob.  Stir until smooth.  Thin with water until texture is like cream.

Heat a skillet,  I use  butter flavor Crisco shortening in the skillet to keep the pancakes from sticking.  Just put in a dab of the shortening, let it get hot and then when the shortening is hot,  spoon  one spoonful of batter  in the middle of the shortening. Leave it alone to cook until bubbles form around the sides of the pancake.  Then flip it and brown on the second side.  Make the pancakes birdy foot size for a great parrot treat.
Or serve them to your family warm with applesauce on the side.

Linda M

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Wild Rice Pancakes

1 C Cooked wild rice (under 1/3 C dry)
Pinch of salt (or omit)
1 C Soy milk or Rice milk
3 eggs
1 C Flour
1 T Butter

1. Beat eggs, stir in milk.  Wisk in flour.   Let stand 30 minutes.
2. Heat oven to 450*, melt butter in 9" pie plate (oven proof)  inside oven while preheating.  Remove when butter is light brown.
3. Sitr rice into mixture.  Pour into hot pie plate.  Bake 25-30 minutes.
Cool until warm and cut into wedges.

From Companion Parrot Quarterly issue #56 Spring 2002

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Birdie French Toast

2 eggs
1 jar sweet potato baby food
1/4 cup milk (subs: Apple Juice, orange juice, soy milk)
bread slices

Mix all ingredients except bread. Dip bread in mixture and pan fry
until golden brown. They love it!

From Frank Dillin

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ACS Birdie Bread

3 eggs
2/3 cup of milk
2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 jar sweet potatoes or carrots baby food
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup pellets
Optional: 1/2 cup seed

Mix all ingredients in large bowl; bake in muffin tins or cake pans at 450 degrees for about 25 minutes. Can be frozen.

From Clyde Keeney and the American Cockatiel Society.

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Banana Nut Oatmeal

2/3 cups oatmeal (not instant)
1 banana, sliced or mashed
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/3 cups water

Bring water to a boil, add all ingredients, and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat, cover and let stand until cool.

Courtesy of the American Cockatiel Society

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Beans and Rice

1 1/2 cups mixed beans
1/2 cup split peas
1/2 cup brown rice
1/2 cup cracked corn
1/2 cup dried peppers

Soak beans overnight in water, drain and rinse. Cover with water again, turn on heat and boil for 2 minutes. Let stand and cool for 1 hour. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until water is absorbed, or about 1 hour. Cool and keep refrigerated or freeze in baggies.

Courtesy of the American Cockatiel Society

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Birdwise Baked Macaroni with Tofu

1 cup small macaroni shells or elbows, preferably whole wheat
1/4 cup cracked corn
1 egg
1 jar Gerber vegetable chicken dinner #3 large
1/4 cup steamed and crushed broccoli
1 large carrot (grated large if your bird likes carrots, small if he doesn't)
1/8 cup toasted wheat germ
1/4 cup mashed tofu (Mari Nu Firm Silken)
1/8 cup grated low-fat, low- (or non-) lactose cheese
Shell from the egg, crushed, or 1 tablespoon grated cuttlebone if bird is larger than a cockatiel)
Toasted sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover macaroni and corn with water in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil and cook until al dente (semi firm). Drain and pour in a greased 9" x 4" loaf pan (or similar size). Add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Bake approximately 40 minutes or until consistency is no longer "wet". Sprinkle top with optional sesame seeds.

Cher. Angelo,

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Bogie's Birdies Biscotti

1 cup ground bird pellets
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup ground almonds
1 tablespoon powdered wheat grass
2 tablespoons powdered eggshells
4 whole eggs, including thoroughly washed and ground shells
1 jar carrots baby food
Unsweetened fruit juice

Combine ingredients, using enough fruit juice to form a firm dough. Roll into balls measuring one-half inch to three-quarter inches in diameter. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Cool on a rack and keep in the refrigerator. Also freezes well. Makes 90 to 100 balls. My umbrella cockatoo and African grey both love these and will do just about anything to get one! I think they're much healthier than many of the bird treats in the pet stores.

Catherine Dobbins,

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Brittany's Bird Treats

1 whole lettuce leaf
1 cup of dry oatmeal
1 carrot, peeled
Half an apple
5 blueberries

Blend ingredients together until a fine paste. Pound paste into a shape such as a circle or heart and microwave for two minutes. Let cool for two more minutes before serving.

Brittany Adkison,

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Buttercup's Birdie Bars

2 cups corn meal
2 cups flour
8 teaspoons baking powder
4 eggs, including shells, thoroughly washed and ground
1 1/2 cups applesauce
2 cups apple juice
4 tablespoons peanut butter
2 cups seed
2 cups mixed vegetables
1 can fruit cocktail

Mix and pour in greased 9" x 12" pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Cut in bars, cool and serve.

Misty Kent,

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Corn Bake

1/2 cup whole milk
4 cups corn
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup yellow corn meal
6 tablespoons peanut oil

Combine ingredients and pour into a greased 8" x 8" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Cool and cut into squares. Freeze until ready to use.

Courtesy of the American Cockatiel Society

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Couscous with Veggies

1 2/3 cup water
1 cup couscous
1 medium tomato
1 small onion
1/2 green pepper
1/2 sweet red pepper
1/2 cup corn (frozen or fresh off the cob)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon basil, oregano, or Italian seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Bring water to a boil, stirring in couscous. Remove from heat, cover, and allow to sit for five minutes. While couscous soaks, dice tomatoes, onion, and peppers. Combine with remaining ingredients and sauté lightly (adding a little butter, margarine, or olive oil, if necessary). When couscous has absorbed all water, combine thoroughly with sautéed veggie mixture and serve. Freezes well and may be served hot or cold.

Jessica Roberts,

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Gertie's Great Griddle Cakes

1 package Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 egg, including shell, thoroughly washed and ground
leftover bird seed
1 tablespoon hummus
1 tablespoon chunky peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey
about 1/3 cup milk

Combine ingredients except milk. Add milk until batter reaches desired consistency and pour in 1/8 cup amounts on a hot griddle. Flip cakes when dry around the edges and bubbly on top.

Stephanie Williamson,

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Jayne's Birdie Waffles

Waffle batter
Apple, grated
Carrot, grated
Broccoli, grated

Mix together, cook, and freeze in single servings for popping in the toaster later. Vary batches with substitute ingredients such as frozen vegetables (peas, corn, carrots) or crumbled pellets. Use your imagination!

Jayne Nelson,

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Mexican Veggie Corn Muffins

2 packages Mexican-style cornbread or muffin mix
1 can mixed vegetables, drained

Bake in muffin tins until done. Freeze halves in baggies and thaw in refrigerator for serving every day.

Richelle Porter,

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Mike's Manna Mash

1/2 cup dry black-eyed peas
1/2 cup dry pinto beans
1/2 cup dry kidney beans
1/2 cup dry split peas - a mix of green and yellow
1/2 cup dry garbonzo beans
1/2 cup dry black beans
1/2 cup dry soy beans
1 cup dry great northern white beans
1/2 cup dry wheat berry grain
1/2 cup dry pearl barely grain
1 cup dry wild rice
3 medium sweet potatoes
4 medium white potatoes
3 pounds frozen corn
3 pounds frozen peas
3 pounds frozen carrots
3 pounds frozen green beans
1/2 pound fresh parsley
3 medium zucchini
4 large tomatoes
1/2 pound mustard greens
6 large bananas
6 medium apples
4 peeled oranges
1/2 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 mango, peeled and pitted
2 papayas, peeled but seeds left
1 1/2 pounds green grapes
1/4 cup dried pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup dry powdered kelp
1/4 cup alfalfa powder

Rinse the beans, grains and rice. Soak overnight (at least 8 hours) in a large pot. In the morning add or remove water as needed to cover beans with about one inch of water. Boil beans for 10 minutes. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes more. By this time there should just be enough water left to keep beans moist. Scrub, quarter and slice potatoes into 1/8 inch pieces. Steam lightly, stirring every few minutes, and add to cooked beans. Add corn, peas, carrots and green beans to bean and potato mixture. This helps cool the mixture and thaw the frozen vegetables. Hand chop or lightly food process the next 11 ingredients (parsley, zucchini, tomatoes, mustard greens, bananas, apples, oranges, cranberries, mango, papayas and grapes). Don't process too finely; birds prefer chunky food. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Freeze in sandwich bags in daily serving portions. Defrost servings in refrigerator for 24 hours. Warm food by placing the bag in warm water.

Mike Burton,

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Norma's Birdie Bread

1 box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 egg, including shell, thoroughly washed and ground
1 carrot
Hunk of sweet potato microwaved 30 sec to tenderize
2 bottles banana baby food
Handful of mustard leaves, washed
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon chili powder or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or cinnamon

Blend ingredients thoroughly and bake as Jiffy package directs at 400 degrees in a muffin pan greased with corn oil. For the vegetables in this recipe you can substitute a stalk of broccoli, a handful of washed dandelion greens, and a handful green beans or peas. For the baby food, substitute a piece of banana and 1/3 cup milk or fruit juice. Birds seem to love the slightly green color!

Norma Goldberger,

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Pasta and Rice

2 cups of cooked organic vegetable (orzo) pasta
2 cups cooked wild/brown rice combo
1 cup wheat germ
2 hard-boiled eggs
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed
1 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 cup frozen broccoli
1 cup brussel sprouts

Cook pasta and rice, and thaw spinach, corn and broccoli by boiling for a few minutes. Chop broccoli and mash brussel sprouts. Mix ingredients thoroughly and freeze serving portions in baggies.

Courtesy of Michelle Cushman and the American Cockatiel Society.

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Quick Breakfast

1 packet instant grits or oatmeal
3/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup raisins or dried fruit

Bring apple juice to a boil and add remaining ingredients. Let cool and let the cereal and dried fruit absorb the juice. Freeze in ice cube trays. Great on cold mornings, especially for weaning babies.

Jamie Hullenbaugh,

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Rice Dessert

1 cup brown rice
1/2 cup split peas
1 banana, sliced
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 tablespoon dry powered milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups water

Bring water to a boil and add all ingredients. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until water is absorbed (about 45 minutes). Allow to cool before serving.

Courtesy of the American Cockatiel Society

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Rice Salad for Birds

1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

Cook rice according to the directions on the box. Cool and add corn and eggs. Mix and serve.

Courtesy of the American Cockatiel Society and the Missouri Cage Bird Association's "Recipes Are For The Birds."

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Tooty's Dinnertime Carbo Munchie Delite

Carrots and broccoli, chopped finely
Frozen vegetables
Fresh fruits, chopped medium fine (apple, banana, grapes) Garbanzo beans, black beans, or both, frozen or drained canned
Vitamin supplement or Kaytee baby bird handfeeding formula
Optional: chopped nuts, hard-boiled eggs, peppers, baby food

The amount of each ingredient is up to the cook, but I suggest making half pasta and spaghetti and the rest equal portions of the remaining ingredients. Cook pasta and spaghetti and drain. Add carrots, broccoli, frozen vegetables, and beans while the pasta is cooling, then any optional ingredients (chopped nuts, hard-boiled eggs, etc.) Save for last the chopped fruits, baby bird handfeeding formula, and baby food. Mix well, using your hands to break the pasta and spaghetti into smaller pieces. Or, alternately, process the mixture in a blender to make a mash. Roll into 1-inch balls, adding more handfeeding formula if it gets too sticky to handle. Freezes well. Serve one or two balls daily, depending on your bird's size.

Mengyao Aghamohseni,

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Tracy's Birdie Bread

1 cup wheat flour
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 eggs
1 banana, mashed
1/2 cup green chilis, drained
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup cooked beans (any type)
1/2 cup winter squash, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin, with or without seeds
Handful of raisins
Handful of cranberries
1 pound frozen mixed vegetables thawed (substitute fresh when available)

Mix dry ingredients and add remaining. Grease and flour 9" x 13" pan with Crisco and wheat flour. Bake at 400 for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

Tracy Bockenhauer,

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Tu-Ki Treat

4 cups of blue cornmeal
1/4 cup soy oil
1 tablespoon lecithin granules
1 scant tablespoon Nutrex-brand spirulina
2 eggs, including shell, thoroughly washed and ground
1 jar sweet potato baby food
1 jar green beans baby food
1 cup crushed bird pellets (put in a plastic bag and use rolling pin to crush )
1 large carrot
1/2 cup fresh raw broccoli, ground in food processor
1/3 cup mixed nuts (no peanuts) and dry fruit, also food processed

Tu-Ki is a greencheek conure who has no lower mandible. This easy-to-chew recipe helps satisfy her nutritional needs. Mix ingredients well and pour into a large, greased baking dish. Mixture will be lumpy and sticky. If too thick, add a little fruit juice or applesauce. Spread about 3/4" thick and bake 30 minutes or until golden and knife comes out clean when inserted in center. Cut into squares while still hot. Freeze squares in serving portions. Defrost a section overnight in the refrigerator and warm in microwave for 6 seconds. I also give her Tu-Ki soaked Zupreem pellets, chopped vegetables and fruit. I give the bread to my friends' birds and they all love it, too.

Marlena Juniman,

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Sue T's Birdie Bread

2 boxes jiffy corn muffin mix
2 eggs
2/3 cup apple juice
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 can sweet potatoes (drained, rinsed, and mashed)
1 cup dehydrated veggies ( )
1/2 cup herb mix ( )
Can also add nuts, fruit, seeds

Mix together.  Grease a 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or more until done, when the sides pull away from the pan and is clean when tested in the middle.

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Parrot Muffins

3 eggs
2/3 cup of milk
2 boxes of Bran Muffin Mix
1 jar sweet potatoes or carrot baby food.
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup parrot pellets.
Optional: 1/2 cup seed.

Mix all ingredients in large bowl, bake in muffin tins or cake pans at 180 degrees for about 25 minutes. Can be frozen.

Provided By Jacques Erasmus

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Gelatin Plastic Toys

3 Envelopes Unflavored Gelatin
9 Tablespoons or 75 ml. Water
3-5 Drops of Food Coloring
flat plastic lid from 24 ounce coffee can, or a lid similar in size with a rim
cookie cutters
plastic drinking straw for punching holes
ice cream buckets and kitchen wipes (optional)

In a small cooking pan mix the water and food coloring over low heat. Add 3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin, stir continuously and cook for 30 seconds until thickened. Pour the mixture into a plastic lid, push the air bubbles to the edge with a spoon and let it set on the counter for 45 minutes. Remove the flexible gelatin disk from the lid. The gelatin will be pliable. Here's when you pull out the cookie cutters to cut shapes. Be sure to keep any odd shaped scraps, too. Or, use a scissors to cut a spiral. Poke a straw in shapes and spiral to punch holes and, if you like, thread the "punched out circles" onto a string as beads. Dry shapes and scraps on a cooling rack. Hang spirals from a clothesline using clothespins. They'll be hard as plastic in 2-3 days.
To prevent curling:
As they dry, the pieces tend to curl up and bend which is part of the fun. But if you want to keep some pieces nearly flat for a special use like jewelry, here's what to do: take a plastic ice cream bucket, put a kitchen wipe or loosely woven cloth over the top and place your cut-outs and scraps on the cloth. Cut the center out of a lid that fits the bucket, put another wipe over the top of the gelatin shapes, then press the lid tightly over the top to hold the two sheets firmly in place Allow the shapes to dry completely between the sheets. An emboidery hoop will function in the same way.

Linda M

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Microwave Bird Biscuits

1/2 c. wheat germ
1/2 c. white flour
1/2 c. oatmeal
1 tsp. sugar
1 c. whole wheat flour *
3/4 c. dry milk
1/4 c. cornmeal
1/3 c. shortening
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c. hot water plus 1 tbsp.
1 tbsp. dry chicken bouillon

Combine flour, milk, oatmeal, cornmeal and sugar in bowl. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Add egg. Stir bouillon into hot water and slowly pour into flour mixture, stirring to moisten. Form dough into ball and knead on floured board 5 minutes until smooth. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter. Arrange shapes on a 10 inch plate. Microwave at 50% (medium) for 5 to 10 minutes. The biscuit should feel firm and dry to the touch. Rotate plate every 2 minutes, turn shapes over halfway through baking. Cool on wire rack. They crisp as they cool.

*substitute: soy flour, oat bran flour, brown rice flour, ProGrow.


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Nutriberry-Like Treat

1 cup of dried fruit
2 tablespoon of coconut
1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of seeds and /or crushed nuts
2 Tablespoons of peanut butter
1 Tablespoon of honey or molasses

I blend all the dry ingredients in a food processor until chopped finely. Place mixture into a bowl, add peanut butter and honey or molasses. Mix very well and the mixture is sticky. Roll mixture into small 1/2 ball and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for about 20 minutes. Cool and serve. They are very good.  If you use molasses they are very dark in color.
I spent $7.00 at the health food store on all the ingredients. I did the recipe times four and ended up with over ninety large size balls.

Linda M

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Your Own Seed Mix

SEEDS AND GRAINS from health food stores, Whole Foods Markets, co-ops
Shelled sunflower seed
Unshelled sunflower seed
Wheat berries
Whole oats
Dried pumpkin seeds, raw (expensive)
Dried squash seeds
Dried cantaloupe seeds
Sesame seeds (unhulled if possible)
Flax seeds
Poppy seed
Sesame seed
Millet (red, yellow, white)

SEEDS found at bird supply stores
Hemp seed
Cockatiel mix
Canary mix
Parakeet mix
Millet sprays

NUTS (unsalted)
Pine nuts
Hazelnuts (filberts)
Macadamia nuts
Coconut shreds
Soy "nuts"

DRIED FRUITS & VEGGIES from health food stores
Banana chips
Papaya chunks
Pineapple slices
Apple dices
Cranberries (sugarless are hard to find)
Green peas
Chili peppers

MISCELLANEOUS FOODS from supermarkets
Coconut shreds
Nuts (especially this time of year)
Sesame seeds
Sunflower seeds (raw)
Dried peppers
Dried fruits
Cereals (non-fortified, sugar & salt free) -- shredded wheat squares,
puffed rice, corn, and wheat

I have listed many ingredients from which to make your own dry food mix, but if you are dealing with a bird with food sensitivities, remember that allergy-prone birds do not need ALL these ingredients since some of them, like dried fruit, are likely to cause trouble for sensitive birds. The beauty of mixing your own dry foods is that you can tailor it to the needs and preferences of your birds.

When buying dried fruit, be sure to check for preservatives.  Most are preserved with sulfites to retain their bright colors.  Without preservatives, the fruit will look dark and unappetizing to us, but the
nutrition and flavor are still good and your bird WILL eat them.  Although most birds will not have a problem with limited preservatives, it is best to not repeatedly challenge their immune systems with a multitude of substances foreign to their natural diet.


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Cherane's Treat

sweet potato mashed
throw in oats
boiled egg all crushed including the shell
sliver almonds and brazil nut
soaked cranberries (drained)

I leave the consistency as  dough by adding oats.. roll into balls and throw into oven on high to brown very light.. (do not brown).   I use a toaster but make sure it is not coated toaster oven.

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Birdy Cornbread

1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 lunch size cup of applesauce
1 handful of cockatiel size pellets
2 handfuls of raisins

Stir all together.  Scoop into a greased silver pie plate left over from the frozen pie you made fast last week.  Spread out evenly in plate.  Bake as the box directs until brown on the top.   Comes out beautiful every time.

Linda M

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Mini Pumpkins

Mini Pumpkin
Chopped Apples
Pelleted Diet

Mix the apples, rice, pelleted diet and raisins together.  Split the stuffing up among enough pumpkins to feed all your birds.  Stuff the mini pumpkins with the stuffing mix.
Bake it in the microwave in 30 second increments till done.

Warning the pumpkins get very Hot.  Test before feeding your birds.  

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Easy Vitamin A Pasta Salad for Birds

1 pound of Orzo pasta (looks like large grains of rice cooked)
1 large garnet yam
1/2 pound frozen chopped collard greens
2 pounds frozen peas and carrots

Boil a large pot of water and cook pasta according to package
directions. Peel your yam and then grate it like cheese using the larger holes on your grater.

Two minutes before the pasta is scheduled to be done add your grated yam and finish cooking. Turn off heat and add your collard greens and peas and carrots - let sit for 3 minutes and then drain and rinse with lukewarm water.


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"Fruity" Birthday Cake

1 Box Carrot Cake Mix
1 Can Unsweetened Fruit Cocktail with Juice Reserved
1 Can of Sweet Potatoes with Juice
1/3 Scraped Cuttlebone
4 Eggs
1/2 Cup Flaked Coconut
1/2 Cup Raisins or other Dried Fruit
Peanut Butter for Icing

Prepare cake mix as directed on package, only substitute juice from fruit cocktail & sweet potatoes for liquid. Add 4 eggs instead of two. Add grated cuttlebone and mix well. Add chopped sweet potatoes and mix with mixer.

Stir in coconut, raisins, & fruit cocktail.

Pour into greased & floured 9" x 11" baking pan & bake according to package directions, or until toothpick comes out clean.

While still warm, spread a thin layer of peanut butter on top for icing and sprinkle with coconut. Slice when cool and freeze unused pieces.

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Tweet Treats

1/4-ounce package of unflavored gelatin
2 cups of your favorite wild birdseed
Three 4-inch mini bundt or fluted pans
Colorful ribbon

To make a batch, bring 6 tablespoons of water to a boil. Empty one 1/4-ounce package of unflavored gelatin (we used Knox brand) into 2 tablespoons of cold water in a large bowl. Let the gelatin sit for 1 minute, then add the boiling water and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until the gelatin has dissolved.

Next, stir 2 cups of your favorite wild birdseed into the gelatin, mixing thoroughly. Let the mixture set for a few minutes, then stir again. Repeat this process a few times, if necessary, allowing the seed to absorb the liquid. Spoon the seed mixture into three 4-inch mini bundt or fluted pans (available at many housewares stores--we got ours at Linens 'n Things--or online cooking supply sites, such as Place the pans in the refrigerator or a cool room and let them set for at least 3 hours. Remove the wreaths from the molds by inverting the pans and tapping along the bottoms. Allow the wreaths to air-dry overnight.

Finally, tie colorful ribbon around your wreaths and hang them outside in a protected spot, such as under an awning or eaves, where the rain won't melt them.

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Seed Wreath for Birds

  1. Make this wreath if your daytime winter weather is around freezing or below.
  2. Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard into approximately the size of wreath you wish to make. Place it on a flat surface covered with newspaper.
  3. Following the package directions, prepare one package of unflavored gelatin in a very large bowl or perhaps a dutch oven.
  4. Measure about 3 cups of mixed seed and pour into the gelatin.
  5. Measure about 1 cup of unsalted nuts and raisins and pour into the gelatin.
  6. Stir the mixture until the seeds and nuts are well covered in gelatin.
  7. Try making a ball of the mixture in your hand. If it falls apart, add more seed to the mixture until the seed mixture holds it shape fairly well in your hand.
  8. Scoop out the mixture onto the cardboard, mounding it so it is rounded on the sides.
  9. Place outside in a sheltered area to firm up and dry.
  10. Cut 18 inches of wire. Put it through the middle of the wreath and twist the ends together to secure. Hang on a branch or from a feeder.

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Seed Pine Cone

  1. These seed pine cones can be made in any weather up to 85 degrees.
  2. Select a fairly large pine cone. You can find pine cones in the woods, in your yard, or from a craft store. Just be sure that it is not painted or scented.
  3. Spread chunky peanut butter into each crevice. Fingers work very well.
  4. Press seed, nuts and raisins heavily into the peanut butter.
  5. Cut 18 inches of wire. Put it around a section of the cone and twist the ends together to secure. Hang on a branch or from a feeder.
  6. An alternative to using peanut butter and seed is to press suet into the crevices of the cones. See the Related Resources box for some easy suet recipes to use!

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Bagel Wreath

  1. Can be made in most weather.
  2. Cut a bagel in half so you have two pieces with holes in the center. Choose any type of bagel (such as raisin, seed, etc.) except ones that are sugared on the outside.
  3. Spread the cut sides of the bagel with chunky peanut butter.
  4. Press seed, nuts and raisins heavily into the peanut butter.
  5. Cut 18 inches of wire. Put it through the middle of the wreath and twist the ends together to secure. Hang on a branch or from a feeder. Or you can simply put a branch through the hole in the bagel. What a treat!

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David Nestling Food

1 box of Yellow Cake Mix
12 Eggs (with or with out shells)

Add 12 eggs to the box of yellow cake mix.  Do not add water or oil.  Beat until smooth and pour into a greased and floured cake pan.  Follow instructions on box for baking a cake.  Let cool and cut into small cubes and freeze or dehydrate in a warm oven and store in a jar.  If you dehydrate soak in warm water and squeeze out excessive moisture before serving.

I raised show canaries for several years and found my canaries would raise their babies almost exclusively on these cakes and chick weed.  Easily regurgitated and rich in egg protein.  Makes a great treat anytime of the year, not only in breeding time.

From David T

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