Healthy Bird Bread Homemade Treats
Bird Bread is easy and fun to make, and it’s so nice to see how much your birds enjoy it. There is nothing like the smell of fresh baking bread in your home. However, be prepared to bake a second batch of bread for the human family too because everyone is going to want some!
Bird Breads have gotten a bad rap over the years for being unhealthy, high in sugar, carbohydrates and calories. Store bought breads or mixes are full of preservatives and chemicals. This is in order to extend the shelf life at the grocery store and at home. Your bird is much smaller than you are so the preservatives, sugar, salt and chemicals in people foods like this are too much for them. Did you know that you can still make fresh homemade bread for your birds and make it a healthy meal or snack? It’s easy and inexpensive to make, and is so much more nutritious when it’s homemade!
Bird Breads are also wonderful for getting picky birds to eat good foods. You just stuff your bread full of various vegetables, leafy greens and even a little fresh fruit. Even picky birds will often readily accept a bird bread and will get their veggies that way. There is no set recipe for bird bread; it’s okay to experiment, try something different each time. The variety in it each time is good for them as well as keeps it interesting.
The importance of flour.
This is your bread base, so make it count. No more corn bread mixes, again they are very high in salt, sugar, fat and chemicals. There are concerns that those types of ingredients can make your bird very sick, can cause health problems, and even behavioral problems or feather picking. You can avoid all of those types of ingredients easily when it’s home made. There are so many different options for low carb, low fat and low sugar flours for making your bread. There is spelt, oat, teff, quinoa, buckwheat, garbanzo, amaranth, and millet flour options. You can buy these at your local health food store or grocery store, you can even grind them yourself to make your own flour. Spelt flour sticks well so it holds all of the vegetables together really well. Then I always mix at least one or two healthier flours in with it, buckwheat are quinoa flours are my favorite. Add some coconut flour or almond flour for a special treat. You can even skip using flour altogether and just use ground pellets as your base.
You can add an egg to your bread, but you can easily leave it out too. Flax or Chia seeds with a little water added to them will form a very nice and healthy egg substitute for breads. I usually skip the egg and just go with the flax and chia. The whole point of bird bread is to be able to get good healthy foods in there, so load up on this next part. Add at least two cups of chopped or shredded vegetables. This can be as simple as one or two different kinds of vegetables, but the more variety the better. Berries are really good for your parrot too, and a super addition to their diet. I chop up a few fresh blueberries, blackberries or raspberries to put in the bread too. For another nutritional boost add some pureed pumpkin, plain unsweetened apple sauce, sweet potatoes or winter squash.
I just use one or two cups of my flour mixture, a little watered down chia or flax, then pack in two to four cups of chopped raw veggies. Baking soda and baking powder is not needed for bird breads. The bread will be dense and flat. A large shallow baking dish is best so you can get little serving sized squares when you cut it up. That’s it, it’s easy! All of these recipes use ingredients that are human-grade and organic. No cheap fillers, no salt, sweeteners, chemicals, preservatives, soy, peanuts or corn. Vary it each time you make your bread, measurements and ingredients don’t need to be exact. This is just a general guide to get you started and give you some ideas. Happy Baking! 🙂
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