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Bird Food Recipes

 

Avian Lollipops

Description
Birds just love to chew, lick, and nibble these sweet glazed treats, and they are sure to keep your pet entertained for hours.

Ingredients

Untreated fruit twigs or lollipop sticks
1/2 C Any mixture of edible seeds or seed mixture
1/2 C Chopped nuts
1/2 C Mixture dried fruit
1 Egg
Honey

Directions
These can be made to suit any size of type of bird, just by altering the size and ingredients used. You can use any sort of firm twig for the stick, just make sure it is clean and free of toxins.

1. Preheat the twigs or sticks by arranging them on a cookie or baking sheet. Place them in the oven. Then turn the oven to 150 degrees (or its lowest setting) and leave the sticks inside to heat.

2. While the sticks heat up, add the seeds, nuts, and fruits to a small mixing bowl. Crack the egg into the bowl then mix everything together until the egg is completely incorporated into the mixture and all the ingredients are coated and are sticking together.

3. Once the sticks are hot, remove them from the oven. Turn the heat up to about 200 degrees. Let them cool just enough so that you can handle them safely, but they are still very hot. Form lollipops by taking tablespoon sized clumps of the mixture, and forming them into balls around the hot sticks. For smaller birds, you can make smaller balls, and pet owners with larger birds may wish to make larger balls.

4. Place the lollipops back onto the cookie or baking sheet and place them into the oven. Bake them for about 20-30 minutes, or until the lollipops are toasted.

5. Remove the lollipops briefly and, using a pastry or basting brush, brush honey over the entire surface (the stick and all) or each lollipop. Once they are all coated, return the sticks to the oven and bake for bout 5 minutes more.

6. Remove the lollipops and allow them to cool completely. Serve to your pet once they are cool, or store them in an airtight container until ready to use.

Bagel Delight

Description
It tastes great and is easy.

Ingredients

1 Bagel
Honey
Cinnamon
Bird food

Directions
1. Warm bagel

2. Put lots of honey on it

3. Put bird food on it

4. Sprinkle cinnamon on it

Bird Cupcakes From A Blender

Description
These tasty cupcakes contain sweet potato and fruit purees and call for you to use your pet’s own food, so you can be sure they will be nutritious.

Ingredients

2 Jars sweet potato baby food (2-4 ounces)
2 Jars tropical fruit baby food (2-4 ounces)
1 1/2 C Commercially prepared bird pellets or feed
3 Eggs

Directions
These cupcakes are just about as simple as it gets. Not only can you prepare the entire recipe in your blender, and only dirty one dish, but you can even cook them right in the microwave! Conventional oven directions are included as well.

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Or if you have decided to use the microwave, than skip this step.

2. Add the whole eggs (shells and everything) to a blender container. Then blend the eggs on the highest speed for several seconds, or until the shells have been crushed into tiny pieces and are undetectable within the mixture.

3. Add the bird pellets or feed to the blender. Blend again for several seconds on the highest speed until you have a somewhat smooth mixture

4. Prepare muffin or miniature muffin tins by lining each with paper muffin liners. Alternately, you can grease the muffin cups with margarine, oil or non-stick cooking spray.

5. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin tin, or about half that amount into each miniature muffin tin.

6. Once all the batter has been used up and poured into the muffin tins, place the muffins tins into the preheated oven. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cupcakes are firm.

7. To cook the cupcakes in the microwave, place the muffins tins inside the microwave. Cook them on the highest setting for about 1-2 minutes, or longer, until the cupcakes are firm. As microwave times vary, watch them carefully so they don’t burn or get too hot and explode.

8. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before serving. If using paper muffin liners, be sure to remove them before serving to your pet. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Birdie Bars

Description
This sweet, sticky mixture makes the perfect snack bar for your pet bird.

Ingredients

2 Boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
2 Eggs
1 Jar sweet potato baby food (2-4 ounces)
1 Jar green beans baby food (2-4 ounces)
1 C Commercially prepared bird pellets or food mix
1 Large carrot
1/2 C Fresh raw broccoli
1/3 C Mixed nuts (no peanuts)

Directions
The bars are enriched with plenty of real wholesome food, and even make use of pet’s regular commercially prepared food. They are also versatile enough for you to experiment by adding your pet’s favorite food to the bar. Try dried fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, oatmeal or other grains, or anything else your pet might enjoy.

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a blender, combine the 2 whole eggs (add the shells and all) the commercially prepared bird food, carrot, broccoli, and the mixed nuts. Blend on a high speed until everything is thoroughly pureed.

2. Add the corn bread mix to a large mixing bowl. Add the egg puree, and the baby food to the corn bread mix. Then mix everything by stirring. Blend well for several minutes until all the ingredients are smooth and consistent.

3. Check the consistency of the mixture. It should be a lumpy, sticky mixture. If it seems too thick, add a bit of water or applesauce to thin it out.

4. Prepare a 13” x 9” baking dish by greasing it with margarine, oil, or non-stick cooking spray. Then scrape the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread it out as evenly as possible.

5. Place the baking dish into the preheated oven. Bake for about 20-30 minutes, checking carefully, until the mixture is golden brown, and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

6. Remove the mixture and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Then, while the mixture is still hot, use a knife to cut it into small bars. The easiest way to do this is to cut the mixture in half along the long 13” side, so you have two pieces 9” x 6.5”. Then cut of these in half twice so each piece is 9” by approximately 1.5.” Then cut each piece into thirds, until you have 24 bars which each measure about 3” x 1.5.” If desired, you can make the bars a different size to make them more appropriate to your pet.

7. Bars are ready to be served immediately, or freeze them until ready to serve. To defrost, place a frozen bar in the refrigerator overnight and then microwave for 5-10 seconds.

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