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Okay, so I THOUGHT I posted this freaking thing that I spent forever writing, but I GUESS NOT. Okay, I'm going shorten it so much!

Ju has cancer, he's not eating as much, not eating enough of the sprouts that I mix powdered dandelion root into (it helps fight the cancer, but he's not ingesting enough now), but dives right into the dry seed I give them at bedtime.

I'm thinking of making him some treat sticks. They'd have:

Ginger
Cinnamon
Dandelion root
Bee pollen
Alfalfa
Cayenne
Flax eggs
Millet
A smidge of sweet potato

The ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne are for pain and inflammation, among other things. The bee pollen is the sweetener, for helping get rid of Alice's candida, and for nutrition. It apparently has special enzymes or something in it, too. The alfalfa is a nutritional supplement. The flax eggs are a vegan binding agent. The dandelion root is for the cancer. The sweet potato is for nutrition, and the millet is because Juey likes it :3. I'll be baking it in the oven at a low temperature as opposed to using my dehydrator.

What do you guys think?
 

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Certainly has some healthy ingredient's. If you make some, please let us know how your bird's like it, and maybe a pic of the finished product...:)
 

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Can do ;). My cousin's lent me her awesome camera, so I'll be able to get excellent pictures. I'm so ticked off that my first post wasn't submitted properly x_x

Thanks for the flattery, you two :p.
 

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Okay, so I made the special treats on Thursday I think. I tried to remember how much of each ingredient I put in as I went along, but I might be a bit off in regards to the amount of bee pollen and cayenne I put in. I'm not the best at writing out instructions, but I'll give it a shot.

Yield: 10-15 balls
Cook Time: 30-45 minutes
Prep Time: ~20 minutes
Ready Time: 50-65 minutes

Ingredients:
2 spray millet
An equivalent of half a garlic clove's worth of ginger root
1/8 tsp cinnamon
6 tsps powdered dandelion root
1 teaspoon ground bee pollen
1 tsp alfalfa
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 flax egg
3 tablespoons sweet potato
Water

  1. The dandelion root, bee pollen, and alfalfa (and cinnamon if you aren't using pre-ground) should be ground ahead of time. All, except the bee pollen, are best if ground using a clean coffee grinder. The bee pollen should be ground with a mortar and pestle. Add all of the ingredients (cinnamon, dandelion root, bee pollen, alfalfa, and cayenne) in their respective amounts to a small bowl and mix together.
  2. Remove all the seeds from two millet sprays and place the seeds in a medium bowl. Once all of the seeds are separated from one another, blow all the husks out. If you don't feel like "de-seeding" the sprays, you can just put an equivalent of two sprays worth of store bought hulled millet in the bowl.
  3. Microwave an equivalent of 3 tablespoons of sweet potato. Once it's nice and soft, mash it. Add some water, and mash some more until it has the consistency of baby food.
  4. Slowly add slowly add the "medicinal" mix of the ground herbs, spices, etc., to the sweet potato, while thoroughly mixing. Add water as needed to keep the sweet potato at the consistency of baby food.
  5. Once all of the medicinal mix is added to the sweet potato, add half a garlic clove's worth of ginger root. The ginger root can either be finely chopped or "juiced" into the sweet potato using a garlic press. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add the sweet potato mixture to the millet and combine.
  7. Add one flax egg to the millet and sweet potato mixture and combine. A flax egg is one teaspoon of ground flaxseed (grind the flax yourself in a coffee grinder) to 3 teaspoons of water, then thoroughly mix to make the flax egg. You can substitute a chia egg using the same method.
  8. Roll the "dough" into 10 to 15 balls, and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake in a toaster oven (or regular oven) at 150°F for 30-45 minutes. I chose to cook mine to a cake-like consistency.
  10. Remove from oven, and let them cool before serving.
  11. They can be stored in the fridge for a few days before freezing them.
 

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Ziggy and Alice poked at it the other day, if that counts :p. I've never really had any success when it comes to giving them prepared foods. Like, they won't even eat salads I make them :rolleyes:. The closest thing they've eaten to prepared food is their sprouts with dandelion root and other remedies mixed in.

I'll try to get some pictures of the treats, but you guys probably know by now how lazy I am :p.

The treats turned out quite well, though. I'm sure you're budgies would enjoy them :).
 

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Ziggy and Alice poked at it the other day, if that counts :p. I've never really had any success when it comes to giving them prepared foods. Like, they won't even eat salads I make them :rolleyes:. The closest thing they've eaten to prepared food is their sprouts with dandelion root and other remedies mixed in.

I'll try to get some pictures of the treats, but you guys probably know by now how lazy I am :p.

The treats turned out quite well, though. I'm sure you're budgies would enjoy them :).
Just for the record, I would NEVER classify You as "Lazy", Robyn, and I don't believe Anyone here thinks that about you!
 

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Robin, you are such a good birdie mom :). I'm sorry to hear about your little guy, but it sounds like he's getting the best care possible and a great diet. Hopefully he'll have an appetite for a little more of your 'good' stuff!
 

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Just for the record, I would NEVER classify You as "Lazy", Robyn, and I don't believe Anyone here thinks that about you!
Haha, obviously you guys don't know me that well, then ;P. Everyone I know-friends, parents, teachers-would tell you I'm not the most motivated person on earth. I mean, I always get in the 90s for my courses and hand in my stuff on time the majority of the time, but I'm such a lazy person in my day to day life. When I was a baby, I had my parents bottle feed me. By this, I mean I never once held the bottle myself. One day, I put my hand on the bottle for like ten seconds and apparently my parents got extremely excited :D. I'd just lay there on my back with my arms flopped to my sides. Man, even when I was a baby I was lazy as heck. Heck, my parents even joke about how I'd starve to death if anything were to happen to them. Sadly enough, all my friends agree. But in all honesty, everyone's amazed that I've been taking such good care of my budgies for almost the past two years now. Before, I might not have even gotten out of bed till 6pm!

Man, I actually forgot I made them the treats! I better thaw one out tomorrow! On a good note, Ju's cere is much more blue and he seems to be getting his appetite back. I've doused their sprouts in cayenne for the past few days, and they seem to really enjoy it. Man, even Juey's perked up! I wonder if the cayenne might be relieving some of his pain and inflammation.
 
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Haha, obviously you guys don't know me that well, then ;P. Everyone I know-friends, parents, teachers-would tell you I'm not the most motivated person on earth. I mean, I always get in the 90s for my courses and hand in my stuff on time the majority of the time, but I'm such a lazy person in my day to day life. When I was a baby, I had my parents bottle feed me. By this, I mean I never once held the bottle myself. One day, I put my hand on the bottle for like ten seconds and apparently my parents got extremely excited :D. I'd just lay there on my back with my arms flopped to my sides. Man, even when I was a baby I was lazy as heck. Heck, my parents even joke about how I'd starve to death if anything were to happen to them. Sadly enough, all my friends agree. But in all honesty, everyone's amazed that I've been taking such good care of my budgies for almost the past two years now. Before, I might not have even gotten out of bed till 6pm!

Man, I actually forgot I made them the treats! I better thaw one out tomorrow! On a good note, Ju's cere is much more blue and he seems to be getting his appetite back. I've doused their sprouts in cayenne for the past few days, and they seem to really enjoy it. Man, even Juey's perked up! I wonder if the cayenne might be relieving some of his pain and inflammation.
That's what I'm Talking about: the Treats!!! AND the ground up dandelion root, AND the cayenne (the Cayenne???) By the way, how much cayenne is in your Dousing? (Tsp, Tbs, etc?...) Is it organic? Love to know!

So Thrilled to hear little Ju is rallying again - it's touch and go, day to day, with these guys, isn't it...Every other day Bluebie seems better or worse - nothing big and dramatic, but subtle changes. He's still active and happy throughout, though, so that's always the best sign!
Whenever I think about whether or not a "home remedy" is an effective treatment for something like cancer, I always remember that classic medical procedures don't always work, either (for instance, Lupron didn't work for Cody - and I heard that it was a kind of "magic bullet" against a budgie tumor...)
So I try not to worry or feel guilty about my choices - and you've helped me Immensely with that, Robyn!
So thanks again - apparently it took a Super Lazy person to help me with a Very serious problem! :eek: :D ;)
 

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I'm glad my laziness came to the rescue :p! You have no idea how happy I am that Bluebie's feeling good :). I don't know exactly how much cayenne I put in, but it's probably a couple of teaspoons or so that I mix into around five heaping plastic spoonfuls (you know, those disposable plastic spoons) of sprouts. It's not organic, but I'm thinking that I'll get organic cayenne the next time we run out. What takes years for my family to go through only takes my budgies half a year to get through :p. I don't know if it's helping at all, but they seem to like the cayenne and it's supposed to help with digestion and purify the blood and reduce pain and inflammation.

I agree with you on the whole home remedy thing. I only use them prophylactically, as treatment for a minor issue, or when there are no better alternatives. I looked into veterinary cancer treatments for budgies, but it seemed like the meds just treated the symptoms without really tackling the problem head on. So, I thought I'd try the dandelion root and I'm glad it seems to help him and Bluebie! If it hadn't helped Ju, I probably would've gotten some painkillers for him, and I might have even had him euthanized by now.

Oh! And the budgies (all except for Alice) were nibbling on one of the treats today! Okay, so they were mainly picking the millet out of it, but even that's huge for them! I have the hardest time trying to get them to eat something that's not a "whole" food. They don't eat cooked foods or foods that have been mixed together, such as a budgie salad. I mean, I put romain, grated carrot, finely sliced celery, and sliced cherry tomatoes in their specially made salad, but they won't eat it! Those are all veggies they go crazy for! Man, they also don't like it when I put their fruits and veggies in a bowl. Oops, got off topic again >_<.

Anyways, I thought I should mention that the treats go as hard as a rock when they dry out, so you'll want to freeze what they don't eat in two or three days.
 
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