While most people assume birds just need seeds to survive, they actually need a wide variety of nutrients and vitamins to be healthy. Veterinarians recommend that vegetables and fruits make up the bulk of avian diets, with some seeds or pellets as a supplement or treat.
But for many bird owners, this can be a tricky transition. Birds raised on seeds can be stubborn and refuse to eat offered vegetables. To get your pet to eat the food he really needs, you need to be creative and sneak it into his diet.
One of the easiest ways to do this is by making bird bread.
Bird bread is a cooked bread full of chopped vegetables and other nutritious foods. Because it's disguised in the bread, your bird will eat it without realizing he's chowing down on the healthy stuff.
It's easy to make and store; you can make a batch that lasts all week long.
Ingredients & Tools for Bird Bread
- 1 box of Jiffy corn muffin mix
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups chopped vegetables: use a mixture of different varieties, like broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, peas and peppers. Many birds love hot peppers, the spicier, the better. Birds who usually avoid all vegetables will go crazy for a ghost pepper.
- Fruit (optional), such as bananas or strawberries
- 2 tablespoons of seed or millet
- 1/4 cup water
- Food processor or vegetable chopper
- Muffin tin
- Cupcake liners
- Mixing bowl
Bird Bread Recipe
-Heat your oven to 400 degrees
-Put the vegetables in the food processor or vegetable chopper until they are all finely chopped
-Crack the eggs into the mixing bowl, but put the shells in the processor and chop them as well; the shells are extremely nutritious for birds
-Combine the corn muffin mix, eggs, water, and shells into the mixing bowl
-Stir in the vegetables; the mixture will be very thick and clumpy
-Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners and fill each spot with the mixture
-Bake until golden, usually 10-15 minutes
-Allow to cool completely before giving to your bird
Birds love this special bread and will likely devour it quickly. And they'll get all their vitamins and minerals in the process!
What do you feed your birds? Tell us in the comments below!
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