More magnificent, marvelous (and messy) mash

Made some more mash for the birds.

This batch is veggies. Grated carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, sweet potato, peas, squash and beets. I also bought some organic baby food to mix in. I wanted to give the birds a variety. mash1This batch is fruit. The birds still prefer veggies, but if I mix in some grains, they’ll eat it. Below: apples, kiwi, pear, banana, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black berries. Also mixed in is some organic fruit baby food. I skipped adding in crushed pellets, because the flock has been really good about eating them.mash2I love mashes! It’s a lot of work to make it in one sitting, but then I don’t have to do it every day. I didn’t put the herbs/greens (basil, thyme, kale, romaine lettuce or spinach) in the mash. I just tear up fresh ones and sprinkle them on top.

Alfie is always first to the plate.alfiemashSido enjoys some fruit.sidomashEmmy likes to carry globs over to the play gym and eat them there.emmymashThese birds eat better than we do…

Magnificent, marvelous (and messy) mash

We’re trying to up the birds’ veggie/fruit intake. It can be time consuming chopping produce every day – so I finally made a few batches to freeze. I made three kinds so I can alternate flavors every day. mashWhat did I put in the mash? Zucchini, carrots, summer squash, peas, basil, kale, spinach, green beans, red bell pepper, apple, blueberry, peach, sweet potato, red lentils and brown rice (all organic, of course!). One batch got a little sprinkle of turmeric. I threw some of their Harrison’s pellets in, too. allThe budgies came running when I put the plate down. But after a couple test nibbles, they ignored the mash. I think they need to get used to the look of the stuff. I put a little brown rice on top and that did the trick. They started to chow down – the budgies LOVE brown rice. Not sure if they’re eating anything else on the plate… lLera enjoying her mash. Lera’s made a couple visits to the vet recently. She had a fluid filled lump above her vent (they withdrew the fluid) and blood in her droppings. Very scary. We still don’t know what’s wrong with her. But after a few days on antibiotics, she seems to have rallied. She’s a fighter. I’m hoping all the veggies will help her liver detoxify, if that’s what’s causing her illness (she does have some of the symptoms for that).sSunny is a dainty eater. Alfie’s face was covered in mash. All his photos were a blur because the little guy is always in motion.oAnd here’s Ozzie. I hope the budgies will grow to love their mash. Why wasn’t I making this all along?? Such a time saver!