Waldorf Salad For Your Bird

You can pretty much always find a bird on me no matter what I am doing. Well, over the holidays I made all the dinner for my family and one goody I decided to make was waldorf salad. But I changed the recipe a little to make it a bit more "parrot friendly".  

Here are the "regular" ingredients modified by what I did:

  • 1/2 cup chopped, slightly toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, sliced (or a 1/4 cup of raisins)
  • 1 sweet apple, cored and chopped
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lettuce
  • Added on my own: Cherries, Cranberries (dried), yogurt in place of mayonnaise

My reasons: I hide walnuts in foraging toys for my flock, I wanted this salad to be more about fruit than nuts. I used cranberries instead of raisins, though my flock ignores both. I used yogurt (which can be given lightly on occassion) instead of mayo and did not include any salt, pepper or lettuce. Lettuce because it's mainly empty in nutrition anyway. And my special helper:  


Photos by Jamieleigh Location: Sagle, Idaho Eating Waldorf Salad: Camelot Macaw "Comet" 

Comet is my oldest hybrid macaw, though you wouldn't know it by looking at him! He was born mid-June 2008. Still unweaned during this time, he was hanging out on my shoulder as I prepared everything for the salad. Eventually, he came down on the counter to check things out for himself and he found the sliced grapes very interesting. He first licked one, then picked it up excitedly and squeezed it. Once he realized it gave juice he was all over it! To save me the effort of trying to explain, here is how Comet was eating his grapes (they became a travel neccessity for him)...  

Soon enough when the salad was completed, all the birds were enjoying it. Many of the family members were too grossed out to share in the same salad the birds were eating... especially since Cressi was rude enough to put the skins of the fruits back into the bowl!

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.

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