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The milk used in the following recipes are for holding the mixture together. Since birds do not digest dairy products as protein or as a fat, milk should not be offered as a drink.


Beans and Rice

1 1/2 cups dry beans (mix of many kinds such as 15 bean soup) 

1/2 cup split peas 

1/2 cup brown rice 

1/2 cup cracked corn 

1/2 cup dried peppers 

4 cups water 

Soak beans overnight. Drain and rinse. Place in pan and cover with water. Bring to boil and boil 2 minutes. Let stand and cool 1 hour. Drain and rinse. Add all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until water is absorbed (about 1 hour). Cool and place in containers in refrigerator or freezer.


Banana Nut Oatmeal

2/3 cups oatmeal (not instant) 

1 medium to large banana (sliced or mashed) 

1/2 cup chopped nuts 

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

1 1/3 cups water 

Bring water to a boil. Add all ingredients. Boil and stir 1 minute. Cover, remove from heat, let stand until cool.


Rice Dessert

1 cup brown rice 1/2 cup split peas 1 medium to large banana, sliced 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup chopped nuts 1 tablespoon dry powered milk 1 teaspoon cinnamon 4 cups water Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until water is absorbed (about 45 minutes). Cool before serving.

Corn Bake

1/2 cup whole milk 

4 cups corn 

2 eggs, beaten 

3/4 cup yellow corn meal 

6 TBS. peanut oil 

Mix all ingredients together. Pour half of the mixture into a greased 8"x8" pan. Top with remaining corn mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Cool and cut into squares. Freeze until ready to use.


Rice Salad for Birds

1 cup brown rice 

2 cups water 

1 can whole kernel corn 

3 hard boiled eggs (chopped) 

Cook rice according to the directions on the box. Cool and add drained whole kernel corn and eggs. Mix and serve. Reprinted with permission from Missouri Cage Bird Association "Recipes Are For The Birds"


Birdie Bread Courtesy of Clyde Keeney

3 eggs 

2/3 cup of milk 

2 boxes of "Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix" 

1 "Gerber's" Jr. size jar sweet potatoes or carrots 

1/2 cup frozen peas 

1/2 cup seed (optional) 

1/2 cup pellets 

Mix all ingredients in large bowl; bake in muffin tins or cake pans at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until done. Can be frozen.


Pasta and Rice (This is for a big batch)

Courtesy of Michelle Cushman

2 Cups- Organic vegetable pasta (orzo pasta) 

2 Cups- Wild/Brown rice combo 

1 Cups- wheat germ 

2- Hardboiled Eggs 

1 Cup- Frozen Spinach 

1 Cups- Frozen Corn 

1 Cups- Frozen Broccoli 

1 Cups- Brussels Sprouts 

First you cook up the rice and pasta (separately) and boil the eggs. Next you boil all the veggies (only boil for about 5 min.) . Last but not least you mash the Brussel Sprouts and chop up the broccoli and combine all ingredients.

They just gobble this all up!


Dear A.C.S.,

Here is a recipe that I make for my cockatiels. If you only have a few birds one serving size on each ingredient works well. But If you have several birds just double or triple [so on and so forth] the recipe to what you need. 


Follow the serving size according to the packages. 


Mixed Beans

Brown Rice 

Vegetable Baby Food 

Wheat Pasta

Oatmeal [Not Instant] 

Frozen Mixed Vegetables 

Hard Boiled Egg [Shell and All] 


Cook each item separately according to the cooking directions on the food packages, then mix them together. Once cooled store them into containers and freeze them. I find yogurt cups or smaller work well. To this recipe you can also add other vegetables such as broccoli, red peppers, alfalfa sprouts, so on and so forth. 

Yours Truly, Sara Randall

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