At BirdTricks, we have daily contact with many bird owners and we listen to their complaints and concerns over their bird’s diet: “My parrot won’t eat vegetables!”
When we were putting together our cookbook, Cooking For Parrots, we took these concerns to heart and tried to find solutions to the biggest and most common parrot feeding problems. It became obvious that the list of concerns is neatly divided into two categories: human considerations, and our bird’s determination NOT to cooperate with our efforts.
In the end, it ALL comes down to us because, as caregivers, it is ultimately our responsibility to find a way to get the job done by helping our birds overcome their objections to a great diet.
No More Excuses From The Humans!
Let’s look at some of the things that might interfere with the average bird owner’s ability to provide an optimum diet:
- “I don’t have time to cook!” – Most of us work and feel time-pressed to whip up a decent meal for our families, let alone our birds. We understand that this is a fact in most homes. But we also understand how imperative it is to offer proper diet to your birds and we came up with many solutions that are workable in any situation: fast and easy to prepare recipes, ways to cook for the family and the birds at the same time, and freezable meals that can be prepared ahead and thawed as needed.
- “I don’t know what is safe to feed my bird.” – We have included a list of foods that are safe to feed everyday, we give clear explanation as to why some foods need to be offered in moderation, and provide a list of foods which must never be part of a parrot’s diet.
- “I can’t get my bird to try new foods.” – Do you have one of those birds that has settled into an “okay” diet? He loves a few good foods but when you add something different to the menu he just stares at it like you served him a bowl of rocks? Variety is more than just the spice of life, it is the key to good health. All throughout the book are tips on how to expand your bird’s dietary horizons.
- “I only have one bird.” – Many of you are aware that we at Birdtricks.com have multiple birds in our individual flocks. We know that many people have only a single, small bird and that you may feel that this book is not designed for your needs. But as we were creating the recipes, we made certain that the they are all easily halved or quartered, and most of the recipes freeze well, should you want to make the full batch. We know that your single cockatiel needs great nutrition just like the big guys, and, yes, this book is meant for your flock of one.
No More Opposition From The Parrots Who “Won’t Eat Vegetables”!
So now that we have you fired up and ready to give your kitchen a work out, let’s go over the many ways our birds can derail our best intentions AND how the book will help you to get past it:
- “My bird will only eat seed!” – This is the most common dietary problem with companion parrots. It is also the most dangerous. Birds that remain on a seed only diet will have years shaved off of their life span. In the book, you will learn the common set backs that people experience when converting birds from an all seed diet and how to use our recipes to give them a push towards the foods we know are best for them.
- “My bird hates fruit and veggies.” – More likely, your bird has no idea what they are. We know that birds are curious by nature and feel the need explore everything with their beaks – we use this knowledge against them. You will learn how to be such a creative genius in your kitchen that even the most reluctant bird won’t be able to look away with disinterest.
- “My bird won’t eat pellets.” – Usually, the bird that won’t eat pellets has never actually tried one. We give you many, many tips on how to sneak pellets into the diet of birds that flatly refuse them and how to bring them around to eating them by choice.
- “My bird only like his food a made a certain way.” – A lot of birds have texture and/or temperature preferences and there are several recipes in the book to satisfy that want. But since raw produce is the most nutritious (and most natural), we should encourage our birds in that direction. Many of our recipes are designed to do just that.
If you have encountered any of the above, you are exactly the person we had in mind when this book was written. And, of course, even the bird that is already eating like a champ will benefit from the fun variety Cooking For Parrots has to offer. With over 100 recipes, including our holiday recipe edition, even your culinary connoisseur conure will find something new to delight in. There is no such thing as too many options.