Tag Archives: Fruits

Not Doing Well…

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Well, my goal of finishing my new page for healthy foods for birds isn’t going well. Real life gets to you sometimes and it’s a bit hard to get things done when you are constantly busy. I’ll just have to try to squeeze it into my busy schedule, and set aside some more time for the birds because I haven’t been sticking to giving them a healthy diet lately.

This morning though I’ll be making them a really yummy meal which will probably include some new things they haven’t try before. I was planning on mixing in some hard-boiled eggs, but that idea quickly faded away as I realized there were no eggs left.

What I’m thinking of putting in are some frozen veggies (Corn, Peas, & Carrots), apples, pears, blackberries, green peppers, red peppers, and oranges. Then I will probably add in a teaspoon of Clay-Cal, some Wheat Germ and maybe some crushed oyster shells. It will all depend on what I have available though.

Eggs!

Out of those ingredients, they haven’t yet tried:

  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Pears
  • Blackberries
  • Oranges

Hopefully their curiosity will get the better of them and they will try out some of the new things I’ll be offering.

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Some Goodies for the Birds

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Today I decided to make a nice and yummy combination for the birds to eat for dinner to see if they would like to have some. My idea actually worked! They dug right in like champs and stuffed their faces. What I made was a combination of baby spinach, apples, carrots and green peppers for wet food. Then there was another little mixture I made to add to it which contained cinnamon, wheat germ, some seeds, crushed oyster shell and some charcoal. After I mixed the wet food and rinsed it thoroughly I drained it well and mixed it with the dry mixture. I put some in the freezer to save for tomorrow, so they can have it for dinner once again. It has such a strong smell with the cinnamon and green pepper mix, I don’t know what to think of it!

On a side note: Rocky is still doing really good, he is outside more frequently now, and is still behaving very nicely indoors. I’m pretty sure that the new dog house is going to be built soon. Maybe tomorrow we will hear news about it. 🙂

A Free Day for a Great Idea…

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This morning when I woke up, it was around 7:15 AM. The snow was falling outside, and the budgies were busy chirping away. School was canceled today, so I had the whole day for free time. I used most of this up with reading and researching on my laptop about birds, and I also had to work on a science project.

During all of this reading, I came upon yet another post on a blog about how all-seed diets blow. I really like posts on this topic, mainly because I’m currently trying to get my budgies on a better diet and I can use all the information I can get. It actually ended up giving me the greatest idea. I could create a completely new page here on Kritter Krazy.

Yummy, some healthy fruits and veggies!

I think I’d like to have a list of all the different types of vegetables, fruits, grains, etc. that are safe and healthy for birds. That way I can keep all of the important information I might need to know at a certain time all in one place! I would probably end up including the nutritional value of each one, some things that they might do for birds (i.e. good for digestion, liver health, etc.) and different ways I could prepare, serve or use each type.

Now I just need to start finding all of the info I need, and then I’ll need to figure out a good way to organize it. Maybe I’ll put each type of food into different categories. I’ll most definitely be putting a “Vegetable” category in, along with maybe some “Fruits”, “Grains”, “Beans” and things like that. I’ll make it a goal to get it started by the end of the month. 🙂

Making Progress…

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Updated: September 19, 2011

The most wonderful thing happened today, the budgies actually ate their veggies! I’m so happy, it didn’t even take that long. I forgot to post about the meal I prepared for them yesterday, but here it is:

Baby Spinach, Apples, Wheat Germ, and Seeds.

A Close-Up Shot

They started to pick at this at around 10:00 PM, and I found a bunch of bits of it on their cage floor the next morning. The must have had a blast with the mess they made!

Today I decided to try something different, so I ended up adding some red pepper to the mix.

Baby Spinach ready to be chopped up!
Chopped Apples mixed with Baby Spinach.
Some red pepper thawing out.
All chopped up.
Everything rinsed, mixed and ready for the dry ingredients.
With Wheat Germ and Seeds.

All ready to serve!

It smelled so delicious! Even when my nose was plugged from having a little cold, I could still smell the red pepper. Next time I should try some other ingredients with such great smells.

The birds actually ended up eating some, or at least digging through it. There was also some red pepper bits on the ground, so at least I know they were getting a bit of the taste. Maybe next time they will decide to eat more. 🙂 One can only hope!

A Healthy Diet for My Birds

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For most of their lives, my birds have been fed an all-seed diet. With nothing else except water. This of course changed once I started to read up more on the proper diet for budgies and found out that this was a big no-no. An all-seed diet is bad for your bird’s health because it simply does not fulfill all their dietary needs. Their diets are said to need a balanced variety of vegetables/greens, fruits, safe wild foods (like chickweed, dandelion leaves, blossoms, etc.), nuts, and seeds.

You should also provide a source of calcium like cuttlebone or eggs, and mineral blocks help keep you bird’s beak in shape too. You may also decide to include pellets in their diet, but I usually don’t feed mine any unless they are of good quality. (Volkman’s, Totally Organic Pellets, Harrison’s, etc.) If your bird is not used to eating a variety of foods I’d start with offering only a small amount of new food each day for a while and replace more of their normal diet daily so that you can gradually transfer them to a new healthier diet.

I offer a side dish of whatever I have available at this point because my budgies can be a bit stubborn with what they like eating. (Can’t they all?) 🙂 Some of the things that I have offered to my budgies include…

  • Carrots
  • Carrot Tops
  • Broccoli
  • Grapes
  • Brown Rice (Which was totally plain, and organic.)
  • Apples (Without the seeds of course!)
  • Wheat Germ
  • Baby Spinach

I may have offered other kinds, but I can’t recall any right now. I’d like to start making it more of a habit to feed the birds fresh foods because they deserve it after all those years of just seed. One thing I’d also like to try is the “Chop” concept that I will post below. This might get my three’s attention because of how finely chopped it has to be. Maybe I’ll get a food processor or something that will make it easier.

There are many sources of information out there that you can read through to get a better idea of what is safe, and what isn’t safe. I myself am still finding new information every day after months of reading, so you can never learn too much! 🙂

You can start by reading these links here, they have plenty of helpful information:

Vegetables and Fruits

Avian Nutrition and Dietary Requirements

I’d also recommend reading the posts on “Chop” found at the blog “Parrot Nation” which you can find under the “Blogs I Read” section to the right. This is a great way to feed your birds because it is easy and saves lots of time. You can find them here:  The “Chop” Recipe. The same goes for the blog “HungryBird“. This blog is all about feeding birds better food (as stated under the blog title) and you can get great ideas here too.

I wish you luck on your journey to feeding your birds a better diet!