Breeder's of Eclectus Parrots,
Timneh African Grey, Greater Jardine, Cape Parrot
Here are several ways to get rid of fruit flies
(these ideas are from a
variety of sources including our own and the people who have purchased
babies from us)
|You can place a small glass of fruit juice, pop, or wine in the
room and they will drown in it. You can also put a paper towel
on top of the glass held in place with a rubber band and poke a few holes
into it. The fruit flies will go in and won't come back
|You can place some very ripe fruit in a ziplock
plastic bag. Keep the bag open with a toothpick and leave
overnight. The fruit flies will go into the plastic bag.
Come back in the early morning while it is still dark and close the
bag. Once it is light the fruit flies will leave the bag.
Dispose of the bag. |
|In the evening turn all the lights off in the fruit fly
infested area and open a window or door or both. Then turn on the
outside light beside the infested area. The fruit flies will go
outside to the light. Do this for a few days in a row and they should
be gone. |
|To keep from getting fruit flies wash your fresh
produce in GSE. Run a sink full of water with about 20 - 30
drops of GSE and leave it all soak while storing the rest of
your grocery items. |
Pesticides on Foods:
We do not recommend feeding the large beans as they
are hard to digest. Lentils, mung, adzuki, peas and garbanzos
(chick peas) are the easiest to digest of the legumes. Mung and
adzuki may be given sprouted. Never serve any other beans raw or
sprouted as they could cause serious digestive problems and even death.
|3 cups brown rice. Cook according to
directions. Cool. Can also use wild
|2 cups Lentils. Rinse well, cook and
|1 cup mung, adzuki or garbanzo beans.
Rinse well, cook and cool.|
|6 cups mixed frozen veggies. (corn,
peas, beans, broccoli, carrots, etc). Cut up, Cook and
|May add extra corn with the frozen veggies.
I add plumped corn. See recipe below.|
|Mix the rice and beans/lentils together.
Then mix 1 part rice/bean with 1 part veggies. I put
this in freezer bags and freeze. |
|You only have to do it every so often and
your set for a while. I try to do 2 parts
veggies to 1 part beans and rice.|
|Feed approximately 1/2 cup per day per
bird. (or according to how much your bird eats)|
|Optional: I also cook up a 5
lb bag of carrots and blend them. I add this to the
rice and mix it in as suggested. |
|You can also add Peppers, Hot Peppers
(seeds included), Pomegranate seeds, sliced almonds, Ginger,
Pine nuts, Quinoa, Yam, Kale, Collard Greens, Turnip Greens,
Mustard Greens, Dandelion Greens, Parsley, Broccoli,
Cauliflower, All types of Chard, Leeks, Water Cress, Ginger
Root, Cinnamon, Bok Choy, Celery, Carrots, Sweet potatoes,
Peas, Corn, Field Corn, Lima beans, Green Beans, Yellow
squash, Zucchini squash, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash,
Hubbard Squash, Jicama, Cranberries, Oat Groats, Navy beans,
Brown Rice, Barley, Pinto Beans, Yellow Split Peas, Green
Split Peas, Small Red Beans, Buckwheat, Lentils, Pasta,
Basil, Oregano, Dill, Garlic, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Red
Cabbage, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Fresh Aloe, Schizandra
Berries, Tofu, Parsnips, Turnips, Beet Greens, Carrot
Greens, Blueberries, Strawberries, etc. |
|Never give uncooked lima, kidney, fava
bean or soybeans to your birds.|
Diet by Alicia McWatters. I do alternate and change
the bean mix so it isn't always the same.
|I also add plumped corn to the veggie/bean
mix. To plump the corn I put plain popping corn in the
slow cooker on low overnight. I mix 1 part corn to 3
parts water. Let it cook overnight and it is ready to
be mixed in the next morning. |
|First soak the chickpeas overnight.
The next day, drain the chickpeas thoroughly, lay them
on a lightly greased cookie sheet, and bake at 350° F for
10 min. Stir chickpeas and bake another 10 min.
Stir again and bake for another 10 min. Check for
doneness and bake another 10 min. if necessary. Remove
from oven, allow to cool and air dry for 30 min.|
|Variation: Can add grated Parmesan
and cayenne pepper before baking for extra flavour.|
|Recipe from Land
of Vos |
Create Your Own
Custom Seed Mix
|Some items to choose from: |
|Seeds: milk thistle seeds,
shelled sunflower seed, unshelled sunflower seed, wheat
berries, whole oats, barley, spelt, quinoa, dried pumpkin
seeds RAW, dried squash seeds, dried cantaloupe seeds,
sesame seeds (unhulled if you can find them), flax seeds,
milo, buckwheat, poppy seed, sesame seed, millet (red,
yellow, white), hemp seed, cockatiel mix, canary mix,
parakeet mix, millet sprays. |
|Raw unsalted nuts: almonds,
pine nuts, pecans, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts (filberts),
macadamia nuts, pistachios, coconut shreds, soy
|Un-sulphured (sugar & salt free)
dried fruits & veggies: banana chips, papaya
chunks, pineapple slices, apple dices, apricots, cranberries
(sugarless), cherries, raisins, currants, green peas, chilli
peppers, etc. |
|Non-fortified (sugar & salt free)
Ensure that you have a container large enough to
mix the mash in before you begin. The mash recipe makes
approximately 18 quarts of food for a whole recipe. If you are
making a half or quarter recipe the container can be
Begin by thoroughly rinsing
& then soaking the following ingredients for at least 8 hrs.
1/2 cup dry black-eyed peas
1/2 cup dry garbonzo beans (aka chick peas)
1/2 cup dry mung beans
1/4 cup dry green split peas
1/4 cup dry yellow split peas
1/2 cup dry adzuki beans
- 1/2 cup dry lentils
1/2 cup dry wheat berry grain (aka pearled or hulled wheat)
1/2 cup dry pearled barley (aka hulled barley)
- 1/2 cup dry quinoa
- 1/2 cup oat groats
1 cup wild rice
After soaking these ingredients, add or remove water to just
cover the bean mixture. The trick is to not have a lot of water
left when you are done cooking the bean mixture. You do want a
small amount left, and you do not want to discard the water as
it will contain nutrients that are vital for the proper balance
of the mash. Bring the mixture to a boil on high
heat, for about ten minutes. Then reduce the heat to a simmer.
Continue to simmer, uncovered, until there is only a little
water left. You will need to stir the mixture occasionally
throughout the entire cooking process. Place the
following frozen ingredients in your mixing container.
- 3 pounds frozen corn
3 pounds frozen peas
- 3 pounds frozen carrots
3 pounds frozen green beans
Mix the bean mixture into
the frozen products. Add the following ingredients.
- 1/4 cup alfalfa powder
1/4 cup kelp powder
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
Cut up and lightly steam 3
medium sweet potatoes and add to the mixture.
Cut up and lightly steam 4
medium white potatoes and add to the mixture.
Chop the following
ingredients into bite size pieces and add to the mixture.
- 3 medium zucchini
4 large tomatoes
6 large bananas
6 medium apples (remove the core and seeds)
4 oranges (peeled)
1/2 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 mango (peeled and pitted)
2 papayas (peeled, leave the seeds in)
1 1/2 pounds green grapes Mince the following
and add to the mixture.
- 1/2 pound of fresh parsley
1/2 pound of fresh mustard greens
Mix the mash thoroughly and
then freeze it in portions.
For every 1 cup of left over
salad/grain mix (this can be a combination of the raw
chopped veggies, and any combination of cooked
grains/legumes mixed together): add......
(I have been using 1 cup of mixed raw chopped fruit &
veggies & 1 cup of the above recipe for cooked
bean/rice/veggie mix then add the below ingredients)
2 cups whole grain flour,
rice flour. (I have been using corn meal)
2 whole raw eggs (include
Assorted spices (cinnamon or
About 1/2 cup of seed or
raw/dry grain (or chopped nuts, unsweetened coconut,
slivered almonds, dried fruit, apple sauce, quinoa, oat
Enough sugar-free liquid to
make a nice thick pour-able batter. (about 1 1/4 cup).
Any juice as long as it does not contain sugar.
Bake in a 13" x 8" x 3" glass
pan for 45 - 50 minutes at 350°. You can 'grease' the
dish with coconut oil or olive oil on a paper towel.
This bread may be very useful to help a bird
to gain weight. It is also a source of protein (eggs).
It is extremely versatile and you can vary it from batch to
batch. (You could also put sprouts into the bread).
A cube of this birdie bread could be an excellent supper meal
when you are in a hurry. It could also be an excellent
replacement for pellets.
Baked Pine Cones
When collecting pinecones look for pinecones
that are dry and clean. Stay away from the damp mouldy
ones. Try to pick them as soon as they fall off the tree.
To prepare the pinecones for your bird you
need to heat up the oven to 225 degrees. Then place a tin
foil cover over a cookie sheet. This will catch the sap
that comes out as the pinecones bake. Give the pinecones a
good cleaning with GSE and then bake for 1/2 hour at 225
degrees. This will kill the mould and whatever spiders,
etc. may be inside them. Let them sit in the warm oven
another 1/2 hour or so to dry out. Collect the pinecones
and throw the tin foil out. They are ready to use.
Do not cook hotter than 225 degrees because
the pinecones can burn.
Optional: Mix seed with beaten
egg white. Spoon into crevices of a pine cone and bake in
the oven on low until seeds are set.
following recipe feeds my 4 parrots of various sizes and
appetites for their morning meal. 'Glop' also makes a great
handweaning food to finger feed your bappy.
*1 small jar of baby food carrots, sweet
potatoes, or winter squash (I use Earth's Best because it is
organic - they also have high vitamin A vegetable varieties with
chicken and turkey. I occasionally use apricot, peach, or papaya
baby food.) You can also use baked yams, winter squash or
cooked, mashed carrots.
*3 slices of coarse whole-grain crumbled toast. (I vary the
bread but use the healthiest bread I can find without sugar. I
particularly like a jalopeno-cornbread loaf I buy at Trader
*2-4 Tablespoons of nonfat plain yogurt.
*Optional: 1/8 cup high quality handfeeding formula or a
sprinkle of a spirulina or wheat grass type supplement.
Put in a large bowl and mash together until
toast is saturated with baby food and yogurt and everything is
evenly mixed. Consistency can be changed according to your
parrot's preference. Mine like the toast chunky and the mixture
thick - about the consistency of turkey dressing. 'Glop' is
ready to feed - it does not have to be cooked.
Anything that is nutritious can be added to
the glop for a variety in texture, color, and shapes. I will
feed it plain or mix one or more of the following: finely
chopped collard (mustard or turnip) greens, kale or broccoli
flowers, grated carrots, wheat germ, oat bran, no sugar
breakfast cereal, low salt V-8 juice, grated tofu-cheese, nonfat
cottage cheese, chopped nuts or raisons, chopped very hard
boiled egg, pasta, brown rice, well, cooked chopped chicken,
Remember that any soft food will develop
bacteria if left too long in the cage. I serve each batch fresh
never use leftovers as ingredients. I never have to worry about
this mushy mixture going bad because all of my birds eat it as
soon as I put it in their food bowls. My grey, Bongo Marie,
loves her 'glop; and my double-yellows, Paco and Rascal, have
relished this food barely coming up for air when I feed it. The
nutritious mixture as a part of their diet has kept them healthy
for over 18 years. Their feather condition is superb. If you
only have one bird and want to make the whole batch, the 'glop'
can be rolled into balls or placed in an ice cube tray and
frozen. Thaw as needed but don't overcook. Add any supplement
after heating. If at first your bird doesn't like this
nutritious mixture - keep trying.
More Recipes (to come)
To order 'The Healthy Bird Cookbook" or "The
Private Chef" click on the Avian Publications link below.
I do not endorse all the recipes on these links.
Many of them have sugar, salt, etc. that your bird should not have.
It is better to use un-sweetened fruit juice with a recipe than sugar.
You will be surprised at how your bird will enjoy it without the sugar.