Making your own parrot food can help save money and provide excellent nutrition. This page contains homemade parrot food recipes.
This is an easy recipe for feeding your finicky parrot, especially African Grey parrots and Amazons. It's a great way to get them to eat vegetables and they don't even know it, but they love it!
Approximate Time: 20 minutes
Yield: a month's supply for 2 birds
You can eat this too. Normally I put lots of red and yellow peppers, but I was out. The more brightly colored veggie, the better. You can hide all the veggies in here. Cooked veggies are more nutritious than raw, they say.
If you're not familiar with Patricia Sund's blog, check it out. She recently posted a movie about how she makes "chop", a variety of foods that are chopped up and mixed together that she feeds to her African Greys. Because I live in Nebraska, the choices are more limited than what she has in Florida, but frozen vegetables are okay.
This combination of rice and/or beans and vegetables such as kale, carrots, peppers, etc., cost approximately $10-$15 and will feed my African Grey for several months at one meal of fresh food per day. Also remember to purchase inexpensive sandwich bags and freeze it so that it will keep. My biggest issue had been getting my Grey to try new foods. As soon as I made this, she started eating it right away. It's now a once-per-day staple food and it's so good for her.
Source: Bird Talk Magazine, featuring articles written by Patricia Sund; also her blog at www.parrotnation.com
By Jenni P from Lincoln, NE