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Old 04-02-2012, 04:24 PM
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Fresh Foods 101?

Hello all, I'm Cory. See the new member forum for the intro...

I've done plenty of reading; through books and on the interweb, but I'm looking for personal opinions/strategies.
The Question is - How do you ensure your conure (or other) is getting a healthy and varied diet while minimizing prep time?

Look, I love to cook. If I had time I'd be happy to cook extravagant meals for Monty and Pico everyday. But that's not the case. I do and will continue to take the time I need to give proper care regardless of how long it takes, but that's not the point! lol. I know some people are preparing large quantities of veggies, etc then freezing them and thawing portions as needed. Is that what everybody is doing? or are their other techniques? I'm bringing these questions forward but I'm sure they're on other peoples minds too. Lets share some "best practice" here!

I'll take a stab at my own question before everybody chimes in with better (hopefully) techniques... Currently my wife and I raid our fridge once a day scouring for intentionally purchased "veggies for the birds" and leftover "veggies for the humans". Monty loves bananas and Picos favorite are peppers (though he likes the pepper seeds more than the fruit!). I put chunks of various sizes in dishes for each of them (separate cages) and for Monty, I hang fruit and veggies on a skewer (california birdnerds.com). I love the skewer, I want to get a smaller sized one for Pico

So what about you? How do you keep feeding simple yet nutritious?
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Re: Fresh Foods 101?

My wife & I eat a lot of fruit & vegetables, and make extra of whatever we are eating for the birds. Some things they get right away, and some they get tomorrow. Then, it doesn't seem that we are doing anything extra for them. Though, we do, anyway. Just remove their portions before seasoning too much. But, they also like a little taste to their food, so, some seasoning is okay.
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Re: Fresh Foods 101?

I attended 3 classes put on by Phoenix Landing about parrot nutrition. It is so involved and complex. They have simplified it some with their cookbook. I have this book and the first section reviews and teaches us what it necessary, what is not good and where you can get it from. It breaks it down well. No I do not work for them but I love this cookbook. It is well worth the money you spend.

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Re: Fresh Foods 101?

I do a lot of making batches of stuff and freezing. I bought a large assortment of fresh veggies, chopped them all up an froze them for thawing small portions. With cookable mixes and mashes I cook a batch and freeze individual portions wrapped in little squares of saran warp. Then I can just mic a portion at a time.
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:28 AM
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Re: Fresh Foods 101?

Great post Cory. Very helpful to get everyone's input on what they do. I do the same as Rio's Mom.
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Re: Fresh Foods 101?

I used to eat a lot of veggies and fruit so it was easy then, just make a bit extra for my birds each day. Now I can't due to a digestive disease so I, too, must do a lot of freezing so things don't just keep going to waste. I also use more frozen vegetables than I used to because of it and steam them in the microwave. But, it does allow me to buy a good variety of things and put in a little of this and a little of that.

Frozen fruit was kind of a mistake though. It seems like it's really mushy when it thaws out and the only one of my birds who liked it was Rowdy. But, Rowdy will eat pretty much anything!
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:16 PM
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Re: Fresh Foods 101?

For starters, I feed pellets. Fresh fruits and veggies are fantastic, but they do not necessarily carry all the vitamins, minerals and oils that birds need. So I have a staple diet of pellets that Loki gets every day.

After that, just like BillsBirds, I just feed him whatever fresh fruit or veggie I have available. Such as tonight I'm cooking with fresh Asparagus. I'll take a single stalk, dice it up to a size of his liking, and give it to him at our dinner time. Earlier, I gave him some mango that I coated in seeds. Yesterday, I was slicing up some raw sweet potato for our bearded dragon and I kept some aside for Loki, microwaved it just a smidge (he'll eat it raw and room temp, but he does like this slightly warmed up) and gave it to him at dinner time. This morning, he had some of my yogurt and some of my daughter's oatmeal. I refer to the KISS method for everything in my life; Keep It Simple, Silly!!

We eat a lot of fresh fruit and veggies, so now having a bird (soon to be 2), I find that even if I have cut something up for us (such as the mango) and placed it in a container in the fridge, it rarely goes bad. It's also a great way to get my daughter to try new fruits. I got her to eat Kiwi for the first time a few weeks ago because I picked up a couple for Loki (Plus I like them with my plain yogurt).

Since I feed a staple of pellets, I don't worry too terribly much about it overall. He gets fresh stuff daily and I'm always trying to get him to eat something new, but I also know what is a "staple" fresh fruit or veggie and make sure he gets those every couple of days as well.
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Re: Fresh Foods 101?

Katherine What time is dinner tonight? I will be right over.
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Re: Fresh Foods 101?

Spiritbird - In about 3 hours I'm making sauteed bay scallops with garlic and diced roma tomatos, with white rice and steamed asparagus. You still in? I like sharing, especially with birds who have good table manners (Loki is still learning, we'll see how Sugar does).

Also, CYCK, if you're eating something and as long as it's not on the "can die from" list (I'd say no-no list, but that can vary from person to person and Avian vet to Avian vet), if they're interested, let them have a taste. It's how we discovered Loki has a preference for junk food, as french fries is probably second to grapes as being a food he will absolutely devour. And Sun Chips, lol. He's also tasted chicken and seemed to like it, he's had nibbles of just about everything I make for dinner and breakfast for the last 4 months (we've had him 6 but the first 2 were really difficult). He's even had scrambled eggs! They're usually interested if you eat it as well. It's to the point with Loki that if he sees us eating something, he has to come and investigate and wants us to share it with him.
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Re: Fresh Foods 101?

As a single person who hates cooking just for myself, after reading about your dinner tonight, Katharine, I'd have taken you up on that offer if you were close by
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