Flock Food

I get lots of questions about what I feed the flock, so here is a rundown.

Pellets – these are in their cage all day. Seed is only available in the afternoon/evening.pelletsMash – the birds get mash in the morning. Not having seeds available in the morning (I take them out at night) is one of the reasons I think our birds enjoy their mash. I think it also helps that we have a couple adventurous eaters to set a good example.
They get veggie or fruit mash*, but mostly veggie. I just made some veggie mash recently. The flock enjoys zucchini, carrot and broccoli (grated), cauliflower (the riced cauliflower is convenient), peas, squash and corn (I use the blender for those), and peppers (red, green, yellow and orange bell). I like to vary the mixes so that the birds aren’t eating the same thing every day. Always make sure to check and see if the fruit or vegetables you are using are safe for you birds.ingredientsI use organic baby food to hold the mash together, then freeze it in cubes. I thaw out about three for their morning meal (which is enough for 7 budgies and 1 cockatiel). I also make a grain mixture (lentils, kamut, brown rice, etc.) that I freeze in cubes.trayI take turns sprinkling herbs, hemp seeds, ground flax seed, a tiny pinch of turmeric, grated almonds or grated walnuts on the mash. Sometimes I tear up Romaine, spinach, baby kale or fresh herbs and top the mash with that. Other times I mix in some pasta or oatmeal with the mash. Crumbled avi-cakes are also a good topper.herbflaxnutsoatsThe mash stays in the cage for a couple hours, tops. I put  the seed in for them in the late afternoon evening. Sometimes I’ll give them Romaine lettuce, broccoli florets, apple slices, pepper strips, melon or strawberries to snack on. This is the seed that we use. I’ve tried others, but this one seems the most popular.  I mix Oats and Groats in with the seed. seedmixMillet is for special occasions, or if a budgie is not feeling 100%. This is the brand we buy. Other snacks are organic rice cakes and organic (plain) popcorn that I air pop.millet*Fruits that I put in the fruit mash are apples, kiwis, mangoes, pears, bananas, peaches and berries. I use organic fruit babyfood to bind the fruit together before I freeze it in cubes.

Once a week (on different days) the birds get supplements in their water. apple cider vinegar, milk thistle, liquid iodine or liquid calcium (Cooper tears apart cuttlebones as soon as I put them in the cage).supplement

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Cooper’s Cuties

Meet Tweety!tweetyTweety lives with Annette in Long Island, New York.11822762_371121509765314_2206140928856857687_nI adopted Tweety in August 2015. He was about a year old. I went into my local parrot shop to buy food for my African Grey parrot and saw Tweety in a cage beside me. I immediately asked what the situation was with that Parakeet. I was told that someone had given him up because they had a cat and were worried. He told me that the bird talks. I held Tweety on my finger and immediately fell in love. He was also very tame. I asked to adopt him and gave a donation and took him home. I was given some information from the previous owner, like his birth month and year, some words and phrases that he says and what he liked to eat. Tweety was hatched in April 2014. He likes apples, bananas, eggs, yogurt, millet, and crackers. He’s learned many more words and phrases since then.14369871_507179516159512_5451757655755527385_nHe lives with 7 other birds and a cat named Snickers. He’s learned some of my other birds names like Kiki, Bloo, Sunny and Sadie. Here is a list of words and phrases he can say: What ya doing?, baby bird, Thank you! Beautiful bird, you’re so cute, cutie pie, Hi, how ya doing?, come here, cat, you’re so pretty, beautiful bird, gimme a kiss xoxo,Chubby bird, I love you, baby, Tweet, Tweety bird, chirpy chirpy, I’m sowee (without pronouncing the r) and some others I can’t think of off the top of my head. He also speaks a little Spanish (I guess from previous owner).11889644_375481325995999_941188555244984940_nHis flock mates are Bloo (parrotlet), Kiki (Quaker parrot) rescued, Sadie (African grey) adopted, Lucky (Senegal parrot) rescued, Sunny (Parakeet) rescued, Yaro (dilute green cheek conure) and Froggy (turquoise green cheek conure). His favorite flock mates are Sunny and Bloo!1917171_414115218799276_4591643733894230831_nTo see more of Tweety on facebook, click here. Tweety is also on Instagram, here.tweety2Here’s a video of Tweety chattering away. His Youtube channel is here.

 

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