Recipes


Yummy Kaytee Mash

  • Ground Kaytee Natural pellets
  • Corn bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Ground veggies
  • Warm water

Mix a scoop of ground Kaytee natural pellets with crumbled corn bread and a dollop of organic creamy or crunchy peanut butter. Add veggies that are also ground, diced or pureed. Mix in warm water (I use water from my reverse osmosis filtered system.)

For ease keep a tupperware container of ground pellets in the refrigerator at all times and make the veggies each day. Stir together so that everything is moist but not too wet and serve warm. Great comfort food! To grind the pellets, be sure to use a coffee grinder that has never been used for coffee.

Submitted by Terry Timberlake

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Polly Tortillas

Ingredients:

  • flour tortilla
  • 2 tbs. peanut butter, chunky or regular
  • 2 tbs. Kaytee pellets
  • 2 tbs. millet
  • 2 tbs. dried red peppers or chili peppers

Directions:

Spread the peanut butter on the tortillas. Cut the tortillas into eight pieces. Mix the pellets, millet, and the peppers together in a bowl. Cover the flour tortilla in this mixture, coating the peanut butter. You can either roll it up or lay the wrap in the bird’s bowl.

Helpful Hint:

Try spinach-flavored or whole-wheat tortillas.

Recipes courtesy of The Healthy Bird Cookbook by Robin Deutsch. 2004 by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Used by permission.

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Noodle Kugel

This is great anytime of the year, but especially during and after the holiday season with your own Christmas tree.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag egg noodles
  • 6 eggs with shells (washed)
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • Kaytee pellets (optional)
  • Nuts (optional)
  • Vitamins/supplements(optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F

Add noodles to boiling water and cook until done. Drain. Cool slightly. Add eggs with shells, beating well each time. (Only add the shells if you are severing this to your bird only; do not add shells if you will be serving to humans.) Add apple, raisins, pellets, nuts, and supplements. Mix thoroughly.

Pour mixture into a pan that has been coated with spray or vegetable shortening. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes or until golden brown. Remove, cool., and serve slightly warm.

Noodle kugel is very tasty. After years of making it for my family and having my birds beg for more, I adjusted the recipe for them. If you want to make this for your family, add ½ to 1 cup of sugar and do not include the shells with the eggs.

Substitution Tip:

Try using golden raisins instead of regular ones. It makes for a different taste.

A great recipe for people, too!

Recipes courtesy of The Healthy Bird Cookbook by Robin Deutsch. 2004 by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Used by permission.

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Millet Mac and Cheese

I was given a female cockatiel that never ate anything but millet before she came to live with me. She was especially stubborn when it came to trying new things. Using this recipe, I got her eating new foods in no time at all. This is a great one for getting small to medium-size birds to try new foods. For larger birds, try chopped sunflower seeds or pistachio nuts instead of millet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box any brand macaroni and cheese
  • 1/2 cup Kaytee pellets
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup millet

Directions:

Make the macaroni and cheese according to the instructions on the box. Add in the pellets and the grated carrots. Sprinkle the millet on top, lightly pushing it into the macaroni with the back of a spoon. (My tiels loved the millet and started eating that, but because it was pushed into the macaroni and cheese, they ended up having to eat some of that as well. Now these same tiels will eat anything that I give them.) Putting millet in this dish will entice even the pickiest of birds. (You can also try mega millet for larger birds.)

Helpful Hint:

If you don’t have broccoli, you can add cauliflower or asparagus instead.

Recipes courtesy of The Healthy Bird Cookbook by Robin Deutsch. 2004 by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Used by permission.

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Bean and Rice Muffins

Ingredients:

  • /3 cup vegetable oil or safflower oil
  • 6 large eggs with shells
  • 2-4 tbs. canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbs. applesauce
  • 1 cup of frozen vegetables
  • 1 cup cooked mixed beans
  • 1 cup cooked rice, preferably brown
  • 1 cup cornmeal or cornbread mix
  • 3-4 tbs. baking powder
  • 1 cuttlebone or mineral block, finely ground
  • 1 cup millet
  • 1 cup Kaytee pellets
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ oil
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Directions:

Mix the seed, pellets, wheat germ oil, vegetable oil, banana, and ground cuttlebone or mineral block in a food processor until it becomes finely blended. Add the eggs, pumpkin, and applesauce and continue to blend. Add the cooked beans and rice and lightly mix.

Pour this mixture into a large bowl and add the cornmeal and baking powder. If the mixture is too dry, you can add more canned pumpkin or applesauce. Continue mixing until all ingredients are well blended and it has the consistency of cornbread. Pour the ingredients into a 9x13 pan or mini-loaf pan. You can also make into muffins. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until done. Serve warm with vitamins, minerals, or spirulina sprinkled on top.

Recipes courtesy of The Healthy Bird Cookbook by Robin Deutsch. 2004 by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Used by permission.

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Veggie Bread

Ingredients:

  • cups finely ground Kaytee pellets
  • cups corn meal
  • 4 tbs. baking powder
  • 1 cuttlebone, finely ground
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ oil
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 large eggs with shells (washed)
  • Water or juice
  • 1/2 can of canned pumpkin
  • 1 tbs. applesauce
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 small bag mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup of cooked 15-bean mix
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 1 small zucchini, shredded
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.

Directions:

In a food processor, mix the first four ingredients until you have a fine blend. Add the next three to four ingredients and continue blending. You should be able to pour the mixture; if you cannot, add more water or juice. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. If it is still too dry, add more water or juice until you have reached the right consistency.

Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. You can sprinkle with vitamins, wheat grass powder, and/or spirulina on warm bread and serve.

Recipes courtesy of The Healthy Bird Cookbook by Robin Deutsch. 2004 by T.F.H. Publications, Inc.
Used by permission.

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Orange Nutty Muffins

Ingredients:

  • cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup ground Kaytee pellets
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 6 eggs with shells
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup pellets (cockatiel size)
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 3 tbs. baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped mixed nuts (unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ oil
  • Water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix the ground pellets, whole wheat flour, powdered milk, baking powder, and oatmeal in a large bowl. Add the eggs, orange juice, oil, and mashed bananas, mixing well. Stir in mixed nuts and cockatiel-size pellets.

Line muffin tins with paper and fill almost to the top. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool. Remove paper before giving to your bird. To make as a bread instead of muffins, you can also pour into greased 9x13 pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool.

Food Fact

There is a difference between sweet potatoes and yams. Yams contain 1 1/2 times the amount of vitamin A than that of the sweet potato. They also have twice the amount of calcium.

Recipes courtesy of The Healthy Bird Cookbook by Robin Deutsch. 2004 by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Used by permission.

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Parrot Bread

Ingredients:

  • /3 cup vegetable oil or safflower oil
  • 6 large eggs with shells (washed)
  • 2-4 tbs. canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbs. applesauce
  • 1/2 cup of frozen vegetables
  • 1/2 cup cooked lima or pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice, preferably brown
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 cups cornmeal or corn bread mixes
  • 3-4 tbs. baking powder
  • 1 cuttlebone or mineral block, finely ground
  • 1/2 cup millet
  • 1/2 cup Kaytee pellets
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ oil
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Finely grind up the cuttlebone or mineral block first. Mix the millet, pellets, wheat germ oil, vegetable oil, banana, and cuttlebone in a food processor until they become finely blended. Add the eggs, pumpkin, and applesauce and continue to blend. Add the cooked beans and rice and lightly mix. Pour this mixture into a large bowl and add the cornmeal (or cornbread mix) and baking powder. Add the apple juice as needed if the mixture is too dry. Continue mixing until all ingredients are well blended and it has the consistency of cornbread. Pour the ingredients into a 9x13 pan or mini loaf pans. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until done. Serve warm with vitamins, minerals, or spirulina sprinkled on top.

You can also make this in muffin pans.

Recipes courtesy of The Healthy Bird Cookbook by Robin Deutsch. 2004 by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Used by permission.

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Hamster/Gerbil Treats

Ingredients:

  • ¼ of a banana
  • 1 teaspoon of Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon of Raisins
  • Small squire of lemon juice

Mash the banana and add a small squire of lemon juice so the banana will stay fresh. Add the honey and raisins, and then stir all together. Serve to your pet in a small bowl separate from its daily diet.

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