Recipes for Birds

Note:These recipes are meant to be used as treats only, not as the primary diet of your pet.

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Birdie Sorbet
Food Bells
Quinoa Oatmeal
Easy Treat Sticks
Popcorn Pizza
Lollipop Treat Sticks
Pineapple Carrot Bread
Autumn Yam Extravaganza

Birdie Sorbet

This is a great summer recipe!

Ingredients

  • Your bird’s favorite fruit(s)! We recommend blueberries, raspberries, mango, papaya, pomegranate, or banana!

Directions

  • 1) Puree fruit in blender. You can add water to achieve your desired consistency.
  • 2) Pour into ice cube trays.
  • 3) Freeze
  • 4) Serve!

*Vegetables can be used as well- summer squash or sugar snap peas work well!
*Pellets, seeds, or chunks of dried fruit/vegetables can be mixed in for a fun surprise!

Food Bells

Supplies/Ingredients

  • Small terracotta pots with drainage hole in center
  • Oven-safe plastic bag or aluminum foil
  • Leather strip (adjust length according to size of pot)
  • Pellets (any brand your bird likes)
  • High quality seed mix
  • Dried fruit pieces
  • 2 Egg whites per cup of dry ingredients (4 egg whites for a firmer treat)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • 1) Line inside of terracotta pot with oven-safe plastic bag or aluminum foil
  • 2) Create a hole in plastic or foil where the drainage hole is
  • 3) Create a loop from the leather strip by making a knot with both ends. String half of the loop through the hole.
  • 4) Mix together pellets, seed mix and dried fruit.
  • 5) Beat egg whites until light and fluffy but still liquid. DO NOT OVERBEAT
  • 6) Pour egg whites into dry ingredients and mix well
  • 7) Pour mixture into terracotta pot
  • 8) Bake in a 200 degree oven for 60-90 minutes (longer for a larger pot) until set. Be sure not to burn the mixture
  • 9) Remove cooked bell from pot. Pot should slip off easily.
  • 10) Remove plastic or aluminum while still warm
  • 11) Allow to cool
  • 12) SERVE

Quinoa Oatmeal

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-nwa”) is a South American grain that is high in protein, calcium, and phosphorous. It is available in most health food stores as a bulk grain.

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1 chopped banana
  • Raisins and/or dried apples (any un-sulphured dried fruit, found in health food stores)
  • 1 Cinnamon stick or 1 tsp of ground cinnamon

Boil 2 cups of water, add quinoa. Cook for 10 minutes, then add fruits and cinnamon. Cook another 5 minutes or until the quinoa grain is clear and has a tiny tail sprouting from it. Add more water as needed. Let cool and serve. You can use almost any veggies or fruits that your bird enjoys to this recipe.

Easy Treat Sticks

Supplies/Ingredients

  • Paper towel cardboard roll
  • Peanut Butter
  • Honey
  • High quality seed mix combined with your birds favorite pellets

Directions

  • 1) Mix peanut butter and honey
  • 2) Spread onto exterior of cardboard roll
  • 3) Roll cardboard in seed/pellet mix
  • 4) Serve!

Popcorn Pizza

Use popcorn cakes, a corn version of rice cakes, available in all health food stores and most supermarkets. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on top of the popcorn cake. Top with your birds’ favorite healthy foods such as: grated carrots, chopped broccoli, fresh berries, fresh peas, or even a small amount of grated mozzarella cheese!

Lollipop Treat Sticks

Supplies/Ingredients

  • Popsicle stick
  • Seed Mix
  • Egg-food or egg-biscuit
  • 3 Egg whites per cup of seed
  • Peanut butter

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • 1) Combine seed mix and egg-food/egg-biscuit.
  • 2) Beat egg whites until light and fluffy but still liquid. DO NOT OVERBEAT
  • 3) Mix together dry ingredients with egg whites and peanut butter
  • 4) Roll mixture into balls
  • 5) Place a popsicle stick into each ball
  • 6) Bake at 200 degrees for 30-60 minutes

Pineapple Carrot Bread

Supplies/Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 3 eggs with shells
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (or 1 c. applesauce)
  • 1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions

  • Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon. In another bowl, beat eggs, add carrots, oil, pineapple, and nuts.
  • Stir moist ingredients into dry ingredients, mixing just until moistened.
  • Spoon into 2 greased & floured loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 65-75 minutes or until loaves test done.
  • Let cool and serve.

Autumn Yam Extravaganza

(six servings)

Ingredients

  • 2 Medium/Large Yams
  • 1/4 c Raisins (unsulphured)
  • 1 tsp. Butter (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 c. Corn
  • 1/4 c. Nonfat Plain Yogurt

Directions

  • Cut yams into quarters then boil until soft.
  • Drop in raisins for the last 5 minutes of boiling.
  • Cool. Peel off skins.
  • Put peeled yams back in pot and mash, adding butter and pumpkin spice.
  • Add back raisins and corn and mix into the yams.
  • Garnish with a dollop of nonfat yogurt on top of each serving.

Disclaimer:

These recipes are meant to be used as treats only, not as the primary diet of your pet. Do not substitute avocado, chocolate, or products with caffeine or alcohol for any of the ingredients we recommend. Consult your veterinarian if you have any questions.