~Apologies in advanced for such a wordy post~
So I'm looking to add some more ingredients to my "nutri-berries" (I really should come up with a different name for them) and was wondering people's opinions on some of the things I'd like to add
I did as much searching around as I could and everything I'm thinking of adding is budgie safe, however I'm not sure if things should be soaked, cooked, etc. I'll also be sure to offer small amounts of whatever I end up adding before actually adding it into the mix to ensure they don't have any adverse reactions to them
So far my recipe includes:
-Seed mix (Hagen)
-Powdered and whole pellets (Harrisons & Zupreem)
-Finely chopped dried fruit (small amount, sugar free, sulphur dioxide free, etc.)
-Finely chopped frozen/thawed vegetables (Corn, carrots, peas)
-Finely chopped fresh vegetables (This often includes a bit of jalapeno)
-Finely chopped fresh fruit (small amount, mostly apples, pears, etc as they hold up well in the oven)
-Crushed egg shell (for calcium)
-Tiny bit of raw honey (to add a touch of sweetness, also helps bind it)
-1 egg (I add this raw once everything is mixed to help bind it. It cooks fully in the oven)
-Tiny bit of 100% virgin coconut oil on the outside once they're on the pan to ensure everything is soaked and no seeds are going to burn
And then everything is shaped into little balls and baked in the oven!
What I'm thinking of adding is: (For the "oilseeds" like sesame and flax, I would not use a large amount as they are on the fattier side)
-Chia Seeds (non-GMO) - Do these need to be rinsed/soaked? Cooked?
-Organic Quinoa - This will be soaked and cooked the same way you would cook rice
-Brown flax seed - I know these will gel up if you try to sprout them so I'm going to ground them up before adding them to the mix to prevent gelling
-Hulled sesame seeds - Rinsed/soaked?
-Hulled hemp seeds - Rinsed/soaked? Cooked?
-Hulled, raw sunflower seeds - Chopped. Rinsed/soaked?
-Hulled, raw pumpkin seeds - Soaked for an hour and chopped
Hopefully that all made sense! Any input is appreciated
As a side note;
my girls get 1-2 of these each (depends on the size I make them however they generally have about 1 tsp of seed in each ball) crushed up, everyday along with about 2 tsp of loose seed each (given partly in the morning and partly in the evening), so overall that's about 3 tsp of seed each a day minus what they don't eat. Aside from that they both have a bowl of Harrison's super fine pellets in the cage at all times (which they've actually been picking at
), fresh veg daily, and fresh fruit one or two times a week. I'm also thinking of adding egg food from time to time, maybe once a week since I'm always afraid to give Bridgette too much protein in case she wants to lay eggs. Budgie eggs are a big no-no in this house hold
, she went into full broody mode earlier last year but thankfully never layed. I really do not want to risk chronic laying or egg binding but I want to give my girls the best care/diet I can, oh the conflict