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Old 08-28-2016, 12:48 PM
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Hey everyone! I came up with an awesome recipe for birdie bread! Noah loves it. I came up with this recipe using the Wholesome Pro app. It costs around $5, and you can set it up for the nutritional requirements of parrots.

Depending on the size of your bird, this recipe could provide anywhere from 30—70+ servings.

This is one of the most nutritionally complete recipes you'll find for birdie bread. I will admit that this recipe doesn't have as much folate, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, or choline as I'd like, but the minimum requirements of folate, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin for parrots are met. Obviously, this birdie bread doesn't have any B12 in it, as B12 can only be obtained from consuming soil or synthetic vitamins. The B12 found in meats, dairy, and eggs is present only due to contamination.

2 cups wheat germ
1 cup buckwheat flour, whole-groat
1 cup rice flour, brown
1/2 cup hulled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup almonds
2 cups blackberries
2 cups raspberries
1 (or two) whole bananas
1 cup cooked broccoli
1 cup cooked collard greens
3 cups cooked sweet potato
2 tbsp ground flax seed

1. Put the wheat germ, buckwheat flour, and rice flour in a large bowl.

2. Measure 1/2 cup of hulled sunflower seeds and thoroughly grind in a clean coffee grinder. Put the groundsunflower seeds in the bowl with the flours.

3. Measure 1/2 cup of almonds (unsalted, human grade, etc.) and thoroughly grind in the coffee grinder. Put the ground almonds in the bowl with the flours and ground sunflower seeds. You can also add some powdered eggshell (3 or more teaspoons) for extra calcium.

4. Grind flax seed in a coffee grinder until thoroughly ground. Measure 2 tbsp of ground flax seed (flax meal) and put in a small bowl. Add 6 tbsp of water in the small bowl and thoroughly mix. Place the mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes until it becomes the consistency of a bowl of raw eggs. These are flax eggs and will be used to bind the ingredients together.

5. Cook broccoli, collard greens, and sweet potato in a steamer. Once they're cooked, put 1 cup of cooked broccoli, 1 cup of cooked collard greens, and 3 cups of cooked sweet potato in a food processor.

6. Purée the ingredients. Once thoroughly puréed, add the raspberries, blackberries, and the banana to the purée, and purée again. You can add an extra banana or two for flavour.

7. Next, put the purée in the large bowl that has the dry ingredients in it. Add the flax eggs, which you made in Step 4, and thoroughly mix everything together. You can add 1/2 cup of pellets to the mix, if you want.

8. Grease one (or more) glass baking dishes (the kind you'd bake butter tart squares in) with coconut oil, or some other oil safe for birds. Pour the birdie bread batter into the dish(es). You'll want the batter to be 2" thick. Even out the batter. You'll want this to bake at 350° for 45 minutes or so. You'll want it to be moist, but not too moist.

9. Once it's been taken out of the oven and has cooled, you can cut it into serving sized pieces for your bird(s). You can keep some in the fridge, and freeze the rest to be used at a later time. This can be served at room temperature or slightly warm. Make sure it isn't too warm, as birds' mouths can burn easily.


This recipe has been formulated in accordance to three different reports on avian dietary requirements:


https://avianmedicine.net/content/upl...nutrition1.pdf
https://parrotsociety.org.au/articles/avian-nutrition
https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...dgerigars.html

I'll be posting the nutritional values later on. And I may or may not post a picture of it.

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Robyn, that's a great looking recipe! It sounds chock full of nutrients, and I bet it freezes well, too

I might have to try it when I have some extra time!
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Sounds great Robyn, I hope the flock takes to it ! I bet they're not bad tasting to humans?
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It definitely tastes decent(ish) to humans. Those little budgies better start eating it . Maybe I'm not using the right technique?

It's definitely tastier than most health foods for humans. It freezes very well, too. It's definitely a dense bread.

Sorry, here's the proper links:
https://avianmedicine.net/content/upl...nutrition1.pdf
https://parrotsociety.org.au/articles/avian-nutrition
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cool thanks so much for the recipe.I'll try that one day for Gracie.maybe she will like it.blessings
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Okay, I've finally prepared the nutrition. Oh, and you guys definitely have to make this for your flocks! Shane, I'd definitely recommend making it for Gracie. I mean, worst comes to worst, feed the birdie bread to some dogs. I need to bring a new budgie into my flock that will eat baked goods. Oh, Charlie died a few weeks back of congestive heart failure. I held him for an hour before he finally died. And Lara was diagnosed with what is likely a malignant tumor on her tummy, which has spread to her left hip.

I should try to force myself to post a picture of the bread, but that'd mean sending it to my iPad, uploading it on Photobucket, and posting the link on here. Okay, I guess it's not that hard.

This recipe makes ~887g (excluding moisture), which means that the amount of each nutrient and the percentage... Okay, so I'm just going to write down roughly the amount of each nutrient. I'm also writing down what percentage of a parrot's dietary requirement...

Just to give you an idea of what each percent means: Studies show that parrots need 1,500μg of vitamin A per kilogram of (dry) feed, therefore, since this recipe contains 6,650μg of vitamin A in 887g (we've subtracted the moisture content to calculate this), 500% of the recommended amount of vitamin A for 887g of dry feed is being met.

Here is the nutritional content of this recipe:

MACRONUTRIENTS
Carbohydrate— 594.36g or ~79% (would ideally be 753.95g or 85% of diet)
Protein— 142.59g or ~161% (would ideally be 88.7g or 10% of diet)
Fat— 117.25g or ~264% (would ideally be 44.35g or 5% of diet)

VITAMINS
Vitamin A— 6650μg or ~500%
B6— 8.98mg or ~81%
B12— 0%
Folate— 1329.58μg or ~60%
Niacin— 57.24mg or ~86%
Pantothenic Acid— 18.30mg or ~51%
Riboflavin— 3.89mg or ~31%
Thiamin— 8.04mg or ~121%
Vitamin C— 391.20mg or ~4,410%
Vitamin D— 0%
Vitamin E— 59.12mg or ~50%
Vitamin K— 1092.50μg or ~15,396%
Choline— 439.14mg or ~66%

MINERALS
Calcium— 1166.58mg or ~19% (add 3 teaspoons of eggshell to achieve ~100%)
Copper— 7.02mg or ~99%
Iron— 41.08mg or ~58%
Magnesium— 1912.66mg or ~359%
Manganese— 50.93mg or ~88%
Phosphorus— 4466.86mg or ~72% or ~144% (depending on whether you want a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio of calcium to phosphorous)
Potassium— 9198.52mg or ~259%
Selenium— 241.99μg or ~273%
Sodium— 379.84mg or ~21%
Zinc— 48.33mg or ~109%

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Looks like a fabulously nutritious and yummy snack! Thanks for sharing the recipe and nutritional info!
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