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Birdie Pumpkin Bread

1 can of organic pumpkin or sweet potato puree (15 oz)
4 oz yogurt
1/2 cup applesauce (instead of oil)
Some ground flax seed
1 whole egg (including shell)
1/4 cup of mango or carrot juice
2+ tablespoon quinoa

Mixed un-sulphured dried fruits and raw sunflower seeds
About 2 cups Arrowhead Mills Organic Cornbread mix-enough to make a stiff batter

Extra Nutrition: If you have a juicer, add the pulp from carrots or other great veggies.
Other items can be added, just adjust texture using more mix or liquid.
Almond Milk is just as good as mango juice.
Bake about 30 minutes @ 375 degrees
Freeze in sections; keep 2-3 days worth fresh.

Zoo Bread

(Great for Larger Birds)

3 eggs with shell
1/4 lb. fried hamburger
2 cups cooked beans (see bean mix below)
1 6oz jar baby food
3/4 cup honey or course brown sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered soy milk
1 cup corn meal
3/4 cup shredded carrots
2 cups oatmeal or wheat flakes
1/2 cup oat or wheat bran
2 tablespoons wheat germ oil

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix everything together and divide into 2 greased loaf pans.
Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, or until top of bread is light brown.

Jiffy Bake

One 8 1/2 oz. box Corn Bread Mix
2 eggs and shells
1 c. Sun Maid Fruit Bits
4 scoops soy based baby formula
2 c. shredded spinach
Water (enough to make a cake-like consistency)

Mix ingredients.
Grease baking dish and bake at 300 degrees until toothpick comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes.
Cool and cut into one-inch cubes.

Oatmeal Balls

3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups Quaker oats
1/2 cup combined chopped holiday fruit and nuts and coconut mixture.....I make my own. (you could use Hagen's Gourmet mix....it would do nicely.)
1/2 cup unsweetened natural applesauce
1/3 cup dark molasses
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg.

Mix it all up & roll into balls (about the size of large walnuts).
Pam the cookie sheet & bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

Homemade Soak and Simmer

2 parts whole corn (same corn as above will do)
1 part whole green peas (use split peas if you can't find them)
1 part whole wheat berries (look in the health food section at Raley's or any health food store)
1 part pinto beans.

Mix all of above ingredients and let it soak in room temperature water for about 8 hours or overnight. Soaking will let the mix begin to germinate. Then simmer it for 30 minutes to an hour until the beans and corn are cooked through but not mushy.

This recipe can be found at www.ruffledfeathersaviary.com/recipes.htm

Linda's Homemade Avicakes

Mix even amounts like the following:
2 cups crushed cereal like cheerios or shredded wheat
2 cups crushed pellets or instant oatmeal cereal
2 cups assorted seeds
Add about 1 to 1 1/4 cups of honey

Stir till mixture is wet but not dripping
You may need to adjust the honey. You can also use corn syrup if you donít like the honey. Pour it onto a cookie sheet and spread it out. Bake at very low... like 200 to 225 for about 40 to 45 minutes. Half way through cooking I usually score them; it makes it easier to cut them when done. You can also shape these around Popsicle sticks with a hole drilled at one end for a hanging treat in the cage.

Fruity Ice

Cut several types of fresh fruits, any combination, diced into pieces.
Puree fruits in blender or food processor until smooth and mixed.
Pour into ice cube trays, and freeze until solid.
Keep frozen, stored in freezer containers or plastic bags.
To serve, remove 1-cubes per bird, thaw slightly.
Some of my birds actually seem to prefer the frozen fruit, especially in summer!

Birdie Bread

Take any inexpensive commercial cornbread mix.
To it, add a variety of veggies, fruits, beans, rice, etc.
Don't add so much stuff that the bread cannot stick together.
Cook in small loaf tins or mini-muffin tins according to box directions.
Note: To make eating more interesting, leave the muffin papers on when you give the muffins to your birds. This way, they have to peel the paper off before eating! Don't let your bird play with foil muffin papers!

Easy Freezer Food

1 Fairly large Sweet Potato steamed and mashed
2 Cups of cooked Brown Rice
2 Cups of any kind of Frozen Vegetables

Mash the ingredients together and place in ice cube trays.
Freeze and they remove from trays and place in freezer baggies. Easily makes 30 days supply of veggies. Can be served frozen or defrosted in the fridge overnight. Caution should be used if defrosted in microwave as hotspots in food can cause serious burns.

Sweet Potato Puffs

1) Cook one large sweet potato in the microwave on high for 8 to 10 minutes or until very soft. Split the skin, and scoop out the flesh. Mash it up well in a large bowl.
2) Add 1/3 of a very soft, ripe banana, being sure not to use any part of the banana that has brown spots.
3) Add one jar of any baby fruit and one jar of any baby vegetable. I like to use the ones that are a mixture, like sweet potato and applesauce, etc. Just seems like more flavor than a straight vegetable.
4) Add one cup of frozen peas or corn.
5) Add 1/3 or 1/4 cup of a natural peanut butter.
6) Add a little cinnamon.

Mix it up well. It will be a sticky mess at this point, but it will roll up into balls, or you can also use an ice cream scoop. Pour out some Grape Nuts cereal onto waxed paper, then roll each ball in the cereal until it is well covered. Put them into a container and then into the freezer.

I put three at a time in my microwave, set it on defrost for about 45 seconds to one minute. The time will depend upon how many you defrost at a time, and how "hot" your microwave is. Be sure that they are warm clear through, as sweet potatoes are heavy and take longer to get warm. Also, be VERY sure not to burn your fingers when you are breaking them up into the birds' dishes.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can change it around, add anything that your birds really like. I have at times put in the crumbs of NutriBerries or the small remains of pellets. You can add fresh, finely chopped veggie, or any kind of baby food, or chopped up nuts. Just use your imagination and your birds' favorite treats and they will really go for it! With the sweet potato being the main ingredient, they are also getting Vitamin A. Experiment and enjoy !