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Old 01-28-2019, 10:52 PM
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I think I have a really good diet going with my 2 Amazons. 1/fresh veg and minor fruit in AM and 1/4 pellet and 1/4 healthy seed mix in evening (no sunflower seeds)

I have acquired a conure and now starting to mess with making chop. My Amazons love to chew on ears of corn, tear apart edamame pods, and truly shred the occasional chicken bone. But I want to expand diversity of veggies and fruits for the Amazons so I have been thinking about trying some chop because I think it would be healthier.

But I feel like the best part of eating for them to how they like to destroy their food as sort of like a foraging exercise. Will chop be too lame for them? I guess I can just try the chop and through it in the mix to keep the Amazons guessing what's for breakfast.

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Old 01-28-2019, 11:27 PM
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Re: Amazons and chop vs big food

There's no reason why you can't have both!

Here's how I prepare chop: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrfLVVwBhkT/

The first photo is the final product, but the second photo is what I toss into the food processor. You can always..... feed three birds with one batch (bad, bad joke)?



But to more seriously answer your desire of going into chop for your Amazons:

Cairo gets his chop as meals and he gets whole veggies as foraging toys of sorts, so he gets a wide diet while also having fun tearing up his bok choy and bell peppers. For him, they are fun toys - not every day he gets them. But he does love his chop, throwing it around and digging through to find tiny bell pepper seeds.
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Old 01-29-2019, 06:20 AM
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Re: Amazons and chop vs big food

Good luck with that. My 36 year old BFA will not touch chop. He just throws it out of the dish. He wants each veggie separate and prepared to his liking. Raw brussels sprouts, cooked peas, steamed corn on the cob, raw carrots etc. He feels the need to run the household! LOL
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Re: Amazons and chop vs big food

I don't do chop with Amy...I make birdie muffins ( made about fourty on Sunday) and she loves them. He also loves to tear into a chicken bone and an ear of corn! :

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Re: Amazons and chop vs big food

just an idea...

Chop does not exist in the wild.
There they spend their entire eating-part-of-the-day (a huge chunk of their waking hours) tearing through everything and anything trying to fill their crops.
Even conures...
of course with a smaller beaksize not everything amazonian will be available to them

(like I have to pre-crack any walnuts I give to my greys -- on humongous-treat-days only of course, but the macaw takes care of one herself)

Chop is just a way of trying to get the parrots to eat a bit of everything (which they usually object to -> hence the fouraging in a bowl full of perfectly good food).

I like to do both...chop one day, leafy greens dangling around the next, add a veggie/fruit-spear and they are busy...
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Re: Amazons and chop vs big food

Quote: Originally Posted by charmedbyekkie View Post
There's no reason why you can't have both!

Here's how I prepare chop: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrfLVVwBhkT/

The first photo is the final product, but the second photo is what I toss into the food processor. You can always..... feed three birds with one batch (bad, bad joke)?
Apparently your chop looks delicious to Leo because he stopped chewing on my bracelet as soon as he saw the carrots and tried to eat it through the screen! I guess Iíll take the hint lol
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Re: Amazons and chop vs big food

I have not been feeding chop since my BFA got a kidney infection (how he contracted it remains unknown) and my CAV recommended against feeding him chop anymore. She says that whether you freeze or refrigerate it doesn't matter, but it is a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria.

My amazon has just been getting a smaller selection daily of freshly chopped fruits or veggies (I feed fruit in the morning and veggies at night). Honestly though, if your birds love ripping up larger chunks of food, just give them large chunks of different food every day so they get their variety instead of the same big mix every day. It's actually a more natural way for them to eat if they'll accept larger bits of food and rip it up as they eat
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Re: Amazons and chop vs big food

Thanks you all. The photo of the chop looks great to me but I think my Amazons will think it is lame. I will go ahead and make the chop for my conure and let the big birds give me their opinion. I am not optimistic but it is worth giving it a try.

I will keep in mind the bacteria. I give my birds probiotics in the water a couple of times a week in hopes to head off that problem.
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Re: Amazons and chop vs big food

I've found some different chop recipes online here. How long do people keep there's before tossing? (Bowl and Fridge)
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Old 01-30-2019, 12:25 AM
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Re: Amazons and chop vs big food

Birdmom12, I just read that people label their chop recipes for a 7 month expiration if they are frozen. They would put small baggies with 3/4 cup of chop inside a larger baggie that is labelled with contents and expiration date. The label of contents is to offer different kinds of chop to rotate. You allow one day to thaw the small baggie to thaw out.
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