By Emily Hoppmann
It is great to be able to have a variety in our birds’ diet and sometimes getting them to try new things and eat their veggies is difficult. This is a wonderful way to get birds to love their vegetables – all of them! By using a food processor to chop a wide-variety of veggies it makes it almost impossible for them to turn up their nose at certain ones. This means a better addition to their diet for them and less wasted food for you! I have found it is much easier to get birds to eat their greens this way. You can use any combination of healthy ingredients, depending on what vegetables are in season. There are some bird-safe grains on the list, but they should only make-up a small percentage of the mixture if they are used at all. Once you have your veggies, grab your food processor, chop all the ingredients finely, then mix them together and freeze into daily serving sizes.
Each night, transfer a single daily portion to your refrigerator to let it thaw for use the following day. Hint: freeze the chop in ice-cube trays; one cube equals a daily serving.
Here is a list of ingredients:
• Watercress
• Banana squash
• Hubbard squash
• Summer squash
• Acorn squash
• Zucchini
• Oatmeal*
• Parsley
• Cilantro
• Ginger root
• Fennel
• Celery
• Kale
• Bell peppers (green, yellow, red, orange)
• Jalapeno peppers
• Chili peppers
• Frozen corn (added whole)
• Frozen peas (added whole)
• Sweet potatoes
• Almond slices
• Green beans
• Asparagus
• Flax seed
• Carrots
• Swiss chard
• Wheatgrass
• Mustard greens
• Whole grain pasta*
• Bob’s Red Mill 10-grain cereal*
• Cooked wild rice/brown rice
• Cooked barley
• Cooked millet
• Cooked quinoa
• Cooked mixture of dried beans
* Added dry to absorb excess moisture