Healthy Bird Bread Homemade Treats

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 donโ€™t need to be exact. This is just a general guide to get you started and give you some ideas. Happy Baking! ๐Ÿ™‚

Browse through my website for different recipes ideas.

15 responses

  1. Deb Muckle

    thanks so much for the info – i have been using corn muffin mix as a base but will try without.

    February 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    • I think we all started out with those dreadful mixes, I would never go back to using those again though. It’s easy and fun to make it from scratch yourself, you can do it! Let me know what you make and how it turns out. ๐Ÿ™‚

      February 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

  2. Lori Harper

    Thank you so much for the useful information

    August 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

  3. laura

    hi, how long are they good for? thinking i can make some now for a christmas gift for a friend but will it go bad or moldy by then? thnx for answering

    November 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    • Hi Laura, I’m so sorry I’m so late answering you. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I just saw your question. Home baked treats lack the nasty chemicals and preservatives that keep foods fresh for unusual amounts of time. Bird bread needs to be kept frozen in order to keep it fresh. I cut it all up and freeze it and only keep portion in the refrigerator that I will use within a day or two at most. It will stay frozen very nicely for a pretty long time, I’ve kept mine for up to three months (thought it rarely lasts that long). Another idea that I do for my friends around the holidays is to make up the dry mix up for them, package it with instructions for them to just add the wet ingredients and bake. Hope this helps.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:12 am

  4. Donna Haddock

    what do u bake it at and how long

    November 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    • The baking time and temp are on each of the individual recipes, but I always bake at 350F. The time will depend on the size and type of pan you use. I use a large flat shallow glass baking dish, so my time it pretty short, generally 20 to 30 minutes depending on the batter amount. I can often tell when it’s done because the house will smell strongly of baking bread. Just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t get too brown.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:15 am

  5. Lorri

    How do I find bread recipes?

    August 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    • Just click at the top of the blog and flip through each page to see them all.

      May 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm

  6. It’s A Lot Of Ingreadents I Don’t Know Where To Get

    September 15, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    • If you have a health food store near you, they will have the most variety at the best prices. Otherwise, most grocery stores have a selection of specialty flours and grains. Quinoa is usually easy to find. You can also order almost anything online. Start easy and small with just a few ingredients, you don’t have to have a lot. Browse through some of the recipe ideas.

      May 11, 2015 at 4:59 pm

  7. Pamela Satterfield

    If some of my bird food has fruit and nuts in it, couldn’t I add that to the mixture with the veggies and then add some raspberries or blackberries like you mentioned? Do you add soy milk or almond milk to the mixture and if so, unsweetened correct? I am going to put in an egg or two with the shell for crunch. I heard this was ok. How long do you cook it and what temp ? Thank you for this info. I believe in the ingredients bring low carb and healthy like u said. Oh, do u use any kind of oil?
    Thanks, Pamela.

    November 14, 2014 at 11:19 am

    • You really don’t need to add any kind of milk at all, I just use wet ingredients in place of liquid. (In the form of mashed or pureed veggies and fruit.)
      I don’t add egg shells, but many do, you may want to grind them up so they don’t swallow any sharp pieces. If you browse through the recipes, each will mention a specific cooking time. I bake treats at 350F, generally 30 to 45 minutes. I use oil just to coat the glass baking pan. I use coconut or olive oil, organic and extra virgin. Hope you and your birdies like the treats!

      May 11, 2015 at 4:55 pm

  8. Michael

    Your recipe looks great. I will def. try it. I have an organic/gluten free cornmeal that I use, by Arrowhead Mills. It doesn’t have any salt or sugar. My birds love it. Do you think this is still something I should not use?

    Thanks,
    Michael

    April 26, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    • Without salt or sugar, sounds okay. The stone ground cornmeal is okay to use too. Just avoid the mixes. I am just used to only using the fancy flour varieties, there are so many great ones to try out. Try using actual whole grains added to the mix too. Quinoa is easy to find and add.

      May 11, 2015 at 4:48 pm

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