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Old 08-17-2016, 11:30 PM
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Re: Kiwi's summer 'menu'

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Wow! I love this, April! You are seriously an incredible little chef when it comes to creative parrot goodies. Not to mentioned a talented and creative DIY'er for many other things too (I still dream of making my own cage bottoms... alas I am a clumsy fool). I recently just stumbled upon a ginormous dehydrator from my boyfriend's dad's storage that he bought years ago for a hefty price but only used occasionally, and I can't wait to pull it out and try doing some of this stuff. Plus I can make some tasty treats for me and my rabbit, too!
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:09 AM
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Re: Kiwi's summer 'menu'

How long does chop last in the fridge? I made a batch for Tiki, froze most of it but kept about a weeks worth out in the fridge. She's pretty new at chop so she didn't really eat much of it at all. I offered it everyday but she just wasnt a huge fan. Still prefers her pellets over just about everything else. Any tips?
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Re: Kiwi's summer 'menu'

I can't afford a hydrater,so just chopping an giving to him fresh like that will work also?

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Re: Kiwi's summer 'menu'

I just bought a dehydrator at the thrift store for$5 but I haven't tried it yet.
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:10 PM
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I can't afford a hydrater,so just chopping an giving to him fresh like that will work also?

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Absolutely! People also freeze chop as well. I just personally prefer dehydrating because it takes up less room to store and can be put anywhere since it's shelf stable instead of taking up valuable freezer space
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:11 PM
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I just bought a dehydrator at the thrift store for$5 but I haven't tried it yet.
Dehydrating is awesome (for pets and people, mine is mainly used for people food). Please share what you make in it
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Re: Kiwi's summer 'menu'

I tried the dried apples he wouldn't have anything to do with them,even soaked in apple juice,however, I put the rest of the apple in a sandwich baggie an put in fridge an suprisingly,it works it last up to three or 4 times me using It, works great

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Old 10-19-2016, 09:33 AM
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I tried the dried apples he wouldn't have anything to do with them,even soaked in apple juice,however, I put the rest of the apple in a sandwich baggie an put in fridge an suprisingly,it works it last up to three or 4 times me using It, works great

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Special preparations are by no means necessary for parrots. A lot of owners just find it easier to provide a varied diet by making "chop" or "mash" in large batches. It's also good for picky eaters because it's harder to pick out things they don't like, but not every bird is picky. My mom is pretty 'old school' in how she cares for her birds. They've never had chop or specially prepared food in their lives and get a few big chunks of various fruit and veg every day instead. But those birds are avian garbage cans- if it shows up in their dish, they'll eat it (wish my bird was like that about produce!). Her fridge is always full of half cut up produce for the birds and it does last a while. If you do plan to feed like that, you just have to be sure they aren't eating too much of any one thing nor being overly picky so they get the full spectrum of nutrients they need Might be a good idea to shoot for a few different types each of fruit, veg and leafy greens every week to keep the variety wide enough.

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Re: Kiwi's summer 'menu'

How long does the dehydrated chop usually stay fresh for?
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Old 10-19-2016, 11:00 AM
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How long does the dehydrated chop usually stay fresh for?
Fully/properly dehydrated and stored in an airtight container (preferably in a cool/dark spot), dehydrated chop will last at least 6 months, if not longer. Though we go through the size batches I make quicker than that.
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