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CORNMEAL FANTASY BIRD BREAD FOR ECLECTUS SOFT FOOD MIX FOR ECLECTUS
HOT CHA CHA MUFFINS CRANBERRY SCONES RICE AND BEANS
HANDFEEDING FORMULA BOBBI'S BIRDIE BREAD BASIC BIRDIE BREAD
VEGETABLE OMELETTE SWEET POTATO BALLS BEBE'S BIRDIE PIE
VEGGIE & EGG MIX MACAW BAKE APPLE-CHEESE MUFFINS
BANANA NUT MUFFINS BIRDIE PIZZA BIRDIE POPCORN TREAT
BIRDY BREAD ZOO BREAD .


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Cornmeal Fantasy
By: Carolyn Swicegood
Carolyn Swicegood

If you can boil water and stir, you can make your birds very happy!!

This recipe is similar to a flan or soft pudding. You need only fine ground corn flour, available in most supermarkets. Stir it into boiling water until it starts to thicken, and continue stirring for another minute or two. At this point, you have a soft pudding.

If you want to embellish the recipe, you can add pumpkin puree, apple sauce, or baby food fruits or veggies. I think you may be surprised just how much your birds like this simple food. You'll have no problem finding a feathered friend to "lick the spoon" It can be refrigerated for several days or frozen in squares for later use.


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Bird Bread For Eclectus
By: Carolyn Swicegood
Carolyn Swicegood

In a large bowl combine the following ingredients:

2 cups yellow corn meal, 1 cup whole wheat flour, l cup currants or raisins, 1 cup nuts (pine, almond, walnut, pecan), 1 cup shelled sunflower seeds, 1 twenty-nine ounce can of solid pack pumpkin, 1 thirty-two ounce bottle of papaya nectar, 1/2 cup of sunflower or safflower oil, 1 teaspoon ground, cinnamon, 1 tablespoon baking powder, Add enough water or juice to make a pourable batter.

Use two large well-greased baking pans. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes or until done. Cool and slice. Can be frozen. This recipe makes a "heavy" bread, not as light as you would prepare for yourself, but the birds love it! Notice that it contains very little baking powder, (some baking powders contain aluminum) no added sugar or other sweeteners, and no added salt.


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Soft Food Mix For Eclectus
By: Carolyn Swicegood
Carolyn Swicegood

This is a nutritious mixture of foods relished by all Eclectus from babies to adults, including breeders who feed it to their babies in the nest.

Soak overnight half a large stockpot of dry shelled whole corn or popcorn. Bring to a boil and cook over low heat the next morning for several hours, or until the corn is plumped and soft in the middle. Water will need to be added several times as it is absorbed by the corn, which more than doubles in volume.

Also, soak overnight your choice of dried beans. Eclectus seem to favor garbanzo beans (chick peas) and you can also use kidney, cranberry, pinto, lima, northern, chili, black beans or others. Cook the next morning for an hour or less or until "al dente".

Cook one or two boxes of Uncle Ben's Original Brown Rice or a large bag of brown rice for approximately thirty minutes. Optional foods to be cooked with the brown rice are raisins, currants, shelled sunflower seeds, shelled pumpkin seeds, wheatberries, barley, whole oats, pasta, nuts, and cinnamon, cloves or ginger for added flavor. For Eclectus, I usually include chopped sweet potato for the Vitamin A content.

Combine all ingredients in a large container or clean sink. Mix and allow to cool. Seal in plastic bags in daily portions, press flat for faster thawing, and freeze. To serve, thaw and bring to a boil. Allow to cool before feeding. For faster cooling, add frozen garden peas or individually frozen fruits, such as cranberries, which act as mini-ice cubes. The heat from the mix will thaw the peas or fruits. Do not leave this mixture in the feeding dishes long enough to spoil. This mixture is very similar to the popular prepared ones, but is much less expensive and can be tailored to the individual taste preferences of your birds.


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Birdy Bread
By: Frank D. Jackson
Frank Jackson

2 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1-1/2 cup self-rising corn meal, 1 cup flour, 4 grated carrots, 1 cup cooked rice, 1 cup finely chopped broccoli, 1 spoonful of canary birdseed, 1 cup cooked pasta, 1 small jar of each: *spinach *green beans *yams *peas *squash *carrots (all of these are made from only the vegetable listed with no sugar or preservatives added)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F, combine all ingredients, sprinkle oatmeal on top of batter after it is in the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Bread can be cut in the appropriate size pieces and frozen until needed (be careful of freezer burn, though).


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Zoo Bread
By: Karen Lofton
Karen Lofton

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

BEAN MIX:
Red Beans, Black-eyed Peas, Great Northerns, Lima Beans, Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans Soybeans equal to the total amount of mixed beans. Soak for 24 hours, bring to a boil with a little salt and let sit for a couple of hours. Drain and rinse.

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix everything together and divide into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until top of bread is light brown. Allow to cool. Cut into the appropriate size pieces and freeze.


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Hot Cha, Cha, Muffins
By: Peck n Coo

1 1/3 C. flour, 3/4 C. cornmeal, 1/8 C. sugar, 1 C. milk, 1/8 C. dried hot peppers, crushed, 2 t. baking powder, 2 eggs, beaten, 1/8 C. oil.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease or spray muffin tins or use paper liners. Combine dry ingredients and peppers. Stir in milk, oil, and eggs. Stir until JUST moistened. Pour into tins. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.


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Cranberry Scones
By: Peck n Coo

1 1/2 C flour, 1/3 C dry Cream of Wheat cereal, 1/4 C sugar, 1/4 C butter, melted, 1/3 C milk, 1 3gg, 1 1/2 t baking powder, 1/4 C dried cranberries.

Mix together flour, cereal, baking powder & suger in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, beat milk, egg and butter. Combine the mixtures, stirring until JUST blended. Fold in cranberries. Turn dough out on baking sheet & pat into an 8" circle. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into serving pieces.


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Rice and Beans
By: Donna Hensley

1 Cup long grain brown rice, 1/2 Cup mix beans, 3 Cups water

Put all in a rice cooker or cook for 45 min. cool. Then add Frozen mix vegitables chopped apples, orange or any type of fruit. Then I add shelled walnuts or other hulled seed every other day. I times this by 6 for all of my birds. Good for Cockatiels to Macaws.


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Handfeeding Formula
By: Lisa Knickerbocker
nandyboo@ix.netcom.com

Kaytee Handfeeding formula - 4 cups, Jiff Low sodium peanut butter - 3 tablespoons, All natural Apple sauce - 1 cup, All natural Apple juice - 1 quart, Water - 4 cups, Nutrical (high calorie supplement for cats and dogs) - 1/2 tube, 2 jars each of Gerber baby food - spinach, garden vegetable, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, green beans.

Mixing instructions - Mix kaytee formula, water, juice, applesauce, gerberfood all together. Stir until powder is completely mixed in. Add peanut butter, and Nutrical. Microwave on high for 8 minutes, stir, microwave 8 minutes, stir, Microwave 8 minutes. Divide in to 1 cup servings and freeze in containers. To thaw, microwave 4 minutes, stir, heat 25 seconds or until warm. Food will last in the refrigerator 2 days.


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Bobbi's Basic Birdie Bread
By: Bobbi Brinker
BobbiB@msn.com

2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix, 3 tablespoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon Spirulina, 2 eggs & shells (puree in blender), 4 jars baby food (carrots, sweet potatoes, a fruit, chicken/turkey with rice, noodles, or vegetables), 3/4 cup peanut butter, 2 cups baby cereal (buy lowest percent of iron), 1-1/2 cups shredded/chopped veggies (usually carrots or broccoli).

Almost any of the baby foods can be used but choose those with a high Vitamin A content.

Warning - the batter will be hard to mix! Mix wet & dry ingredients separately. Combine wet & dry ingredients along with shredded/chopped veggies. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray & bake about 30 minutes in a 400 degree preheated oven.

Cool on rack, cut into squares & freeze in 3 day batches.

Optional Additions: chopped nuts, toasted soybean bits, shredded low fat cheese, dried fruit (small pieces), shaved cuttlebone, toasted sunflower kernels, pureed bananas, pureed beans (reduce baby foods by one jar ), peeled, pureed fresh mango, papaya or kiwi (reduce number of jars of baby food)


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Birdie Bread
By: Anne Johnson
aaviary@mail.heritage.com

2 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix 4 eggs 1/4 cup milk 3 tbs. oil 1 cup raisins 1 cup diced apple 1 cup grated carrots 1 cup grated zucchini. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix first 4 ingredients together in large bowl. Add next 4 ingredients and mix well. Grease and flour 2 bread pans. Bake at 400 for 35 mins. Variations: You can substitute any fruit or veggie such as: blueberries, cranberries, bananas, broccoli, squash, caulflower, green beans, raspberries, spinach, nuts, pineapple, etc. You can also use other muffin mixes such as the oatmeal, bran, etc. Be creative and use your imagination. You can freeze any leftover bread or prepare it in advance and freeze for future use. Serve warm.


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Vegetable Omelette
By: John Sielke

1/2 cup cooked beans, or bean mix (like the commercial bean mixes), 1/2 cup each corn, diced sweet potato, and zucchini, 1/4 cup "surprise" vegetable (varies, jalapeno pepers, other squash, spinach, etc), 1 whole egg, 1 tablespoon ricotta cheese

Mix well, heat for 6 minute in microwave. For special treat, top with grated low-fat cheese (only occasionally, especially for the CAGS calcium) Serves 10 beaks, from Macaw to Senegal.


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Sweet Potato Balls
By: Georgeann Suthers
suthers@sea.ar.ispnet.com

1 large sweet potato, microwaved till soft, 1/2 cup raisins, 1 mashed banana, 1 cup mixed fresh or frozen mixed vegetables, 1 cup diced apples, 1 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal, corn flakes or granola cereal.

Mix all together and add enough fruit or vegetable juice to make it form small balls. Freeze balls individually. Defrost and serve.


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BeBe's Birdie Pie
By: Ken Highfill (and Sylvia)
birdsrus@birdsrus.com

1 jar baby food sweet potatoes, 1 jar baby food tropical fruit, 4 tablespoons hand feeding formula, 3 eggs. Mix and put in paper cupcakes or muffin tins- 4 teaspoons each. Microwave 1-2 mins until firm. Or bake in toaster oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes till firm. Makes 12 servings. Serve warm, but not too hot. Cockatoos - 1 each, conures - 1/4 each. Save remainder in fridge and heat before serving. Very nutritious and they all love it.


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John Sielke's Veggie & Egg Mix
By: John Sielke
jsielke@algorithms.com

Ingredients: 1 Large Egg, 2 tablespoons Low Fat Ricotta Cheese, 1/2-1 Cup bean mix (cooked up previously, mix of beans, rice, pasta, etc), 1/2 Cup of some or all of the following: Diced Fresh Zucchini, Diced Yellow Squash, Diced Turnip, Diced Parsnip, Cooked Sweet Potato, Chopped Spinach, Fresh Corn, chopped Green Pepper. Also, in season, a whole jalapeno pepper, chopped. If lacking fresh veggies, use frozen corn, lima beans, peas, etc. If we have leftover pasta, that goes in, too, AND finally one LARGE clove garlic, chopped.

Directions: This is mixed up in a bowl, then spread on a large plate, covered, and microwaved for 7-8 minutes (8 if using frozen veggies). The egg holds it together. Then I usually grate a LITTLE Monterey Jack Cheese on it, and serve to the guys (Above makes 9 servings, Macaws get 2 tbl each, smaller guys get 1 to 1 1/2 tbl.)


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Macaw Bake
By: Karen Loften
KLofton@msmail.bham.wednet.edu

Ingredients: 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 tbls. wheat germ oil. I also add some Spiralinea(sp) if I have it. Directions: 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.

Bean Mix - Red Beans, Black-eyed Peas, Great Northerns, Lima Beans, Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans, Soybeans equal to the total amount of mixed beans. Soak for 24 hrs, bring to a boil with a little salt and let sit for a couple of hours. Drain and rinse.


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Apple-Cheese Muffins
By: Barry
barry@newwave.net

Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 eggs with shells, 1/2 cup chopped apple, 1/2 cup shredded carrot. Directions: Mix the first five ingredients together. Wash the eggs, then blenderize the eggs with the shell included. Add butter, sugar, apple, and carrot to the eggs and blenderize briefly to mix. Stir together with the dry ingredients until just combined. Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until springy to the touch.


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Banana Nut Muffins
By: Barry
barry@newwave.net

Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, 3/4 cup chopped bananas, 1/2 cup nuts, finely chopped, 2 eggs with shell, 1/2 cup vegetable oil.

Directions: Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Wash the eggs thoroughly, blenderize including the shell, add the oil, and mix well. Add the eggs and oil to the dry ingredients. Spoon into greased muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in a 375 degree oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


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Beakers Best Birdie Pizza
By: Beakers Best Birdie Recipes
beakers@probe.net
DEPT. Barweb, RR 2 Box 230, Missouri Valley, IA 51555, (712) 642-4578 - $10.95 + $2 shipping

Ingredients: 1 ready made pizza crust or use your own recipe eliminating the salt, 1 jar baby food mixed garden vegetables, 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper, 1/4 cup shredded carrot, 1/4 cup chopped broccoli, 2 Tbl. wheat germ, 2 Tbl. wheatgrass powder, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella.

Directions: Spread baby food on the crust. Sprinkle carrot, broccoli and bell peppers. Sprinkle cheese, wheat germ and wheatgrass powder over all and bake according to directions for your crust.


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Beakers Birdie Popcorn Treat
By: Beakers Best Birdie Recipes
beakers@probe.net
DEPT. Barweb, RR 2 Box 230, Missouri Valley, IA 51555, (712) 642-4578 - $10.95 + $2 shipping

Ingredients: 1 Tbl. melted margarine, 1 tsp. wheatgrass powder, 6 cups popped popcorn, 1 cup assorted dried fruit.

Directions: Combine margarine and wheatgrass powder. Drizzle over popcorn, tossing to coat. Add dried fruit and continue tossing. Store leftovers (if any) in airtight container.


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