You would not want to eat the same thing every day, and neither does your cockatiel. Rather than feeding her birdseed every day, you can substitute some of her calorie requirements with homemade treats that she will love. Always consult your veterinarian before changing your bird's diet, especially if she has special needs.
- 1 box Jiffy muffin mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/4 cup calcium added orange juice
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup uncooked oats
- 1 cup finely chopped broccoli
- 1 cup finely chopped carrots
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Grease an 8-by-8 baking pan.
Pour the muffin mix into a large bowl. Add in two eggs and mix thoroughly. Pour in the cooked rice and the orange juice and mix until everything is well-blended before adding in the rest of the ingredients. After adding the remaining ingredients, stir the mixture until it is melded completely.
Pour the mixture into the greased pan and place it in the hot oven. Let it cook for 24 minutes before removing it from the oven and allowing it to cool. Once the bread is room temperature, cut it into 1-inch cubes. This bread can be served at room temperature, and can be frozen. Give one cube per bird, no more than every other day.
Birdie Trail Mix
- Unsalted popcorn
- Unsweetened cereal
- Cube of birdie bread
- Sunflower seeds
Pour a handful of popcorn into a bowl. Add in a handful of unsweetened cereal, such as oat cereal, corn flakes or granola. Crumble up one cube of birdie bread and add it to the bowl. Lastly, add a teaspoon of sunflower seeds. Mix together thoroughly.
Keep the mixture in a freezer bag or airtight container in a cool, dark place and feed a small amount every few days.