Yes, you can buy bird food and treats for your pet parrot, but what can be a lot of fun – especially if you’ve got your feathered friend right there to lend a helping claw – is making the treats yourself.
Harrison’s hot pepper bird bread is really easy to make (so perfect for a Sunday afternoon activity and a great opportunity for you to spend quality time with your parrot), so don’t be put off if you don’t think you’re much of a baker. Now’s the time to learn!
You can also add in nuts, vegetables or fruit if you want your parrot to really eat up his greens, but if you do this make sure you only feed the bread to your bird in limited quantities. You can also add in other flavourings like maple or vanilla, or even herbs – but be careful you don’t change the nutritional content of the bread.
Once you’ve made your bread, you can either use it instead of table food if your bird likes to be included in family meal times, or as a foraging reward. Alternatively, you can soften the bread and offer it to your bird if it’s feeding chicks and on the lookout for some tasty soft food.
Full Recipe for Harrison’s hot pepper bird bread :
HARRISONS BIRDIE BREAD
2 cups Harrisons Crumbs
1/2 cup Barley
1/2 cup Oats (Natural)
1/2 cup Wheat Flour
2-3 jars of baby foods (veg. and 2 fruits, i.e. banana)
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 eggs with shells
1/2 cup peanut butter little cinnamon and pinch of nutmeg
Add approx. 1/2 cup each of the following:
Speckled Butter Beans
Collard Greens (May add more of this one)
Broccoli (Finely Chopped)
Nuts (various, sliced almonds work great)
Red and Orange Bell Pepper
Mix together and pour into baking dish.
Sprinkle top with additional Harrison Crumbs and extra egg shells (Optional, of course).
Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour.
Check after 45-55 min.
Give it a go today – we’d love to hear about your experiences with bread making, so make sure you drop us a line.