Archive for July, 2009


More parrot food philosophy

posted by Gudrun @ 17:58 PM
July 29, 2009

parrot foodIt would be great if we could find out more about, what our parrot’s food would be, when they lived in the wild. Researchers have caught parts of their eating habits. But so far there seems to be no way of following them around and watch what they consume over a period of a year, or at least some month.

I remember a story, somebody who traveled to many places where parrots live, was telling me once. He lived at a place in Costa Rica with an almond grove nearby. Once a year when the almonds were ripe, a huge flock of scarlet macaws came. They stayed until they had eaten  all the almonds and then disappeared until the next year. Nobody ever knew where they spend the rest of the year, because this was the only time they were seen.

I wonder if flocks have places where they know certain foods will be ripe and eatable at a specific time or if this is a single case.


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What Gilmore thinks about parrot food philosophies

posted by Gudrun @ 16:28 PM
July 26, 2009

parrot foodThere are many ways to feed our parrots. And there are many very experienced and knowledgeable people, who share their view on parrot food. I am a curious person and always anxious to learn, so I read what they have to share. Sometimes I find something that makes total sense to me. But then my birds show me that it might not. 

Recently I was reading that a bird should not be feed the same food more often than once a week. At the same time my African Grey Gilmore started to pick the carrots out of his breakfast. He left everything else in the bowl. So, I started to ad more carrots to his food. He kept eating them for about 5 days. Then he stopped eating the carrots. Did not touch them anymore and ate only the other things. 

I really do think variety and moderation is the best way to feed our parrots. And birds, which are used to a wide variety of foods, seem to be able to make right choices. Probably Gilmore needed more Vitamin A at this time and took the right food out of his mix. When he had enough, he started to eat other things and left the carrots. I see similar eating behavior quite a bit with my birds.  Sometimes they pick one food or eat more pellets or more seeds and after a while go back to the other foods.

 It is good to learn as much as we can. But every bird is different. And I think it is important to watch our parrots and learn to see what they need at any given time.


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Preservatives in parrot food

posted by Gudrun @ 14:01 PM
July 22, 2009

I just got an invitation for a seminar where professionals will discuss the past, present and future of Santoquin. I am reading things like: it has given feed producers and nutritionist peace of mind, protecting feed from oxidation and other good things. I never heard this name. But I am a curious person. So, I went to the Internet to search what that could be. It looks like it is another name for ethoxyquin. On the site of the University of Oregon it says:” A yellow liquid antioxidant and herbicide. It has been found to cause liver tumors in newborn mice.”

Years ago the late Alicia McWatters wrote an investigative report on ethoxyquin. If you are interested on reading it, here is the link:

http://www.naturespet.com/flintethox.html

Another one from Gillian Willis, a pharmacist and toxicologist:

http://www.parrothouse.com/ethox.html

 Ethoxyquin was one of the reasons Totally Organics came into life. We just did not want any chemicals in our parrot food.

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Parrot food – omelet reicpe

posted by Gudrun @ 11:12 AM
July 19, 2009

parrot foodSeveral weeks ago I wrote about the way cooking sometimes turns out for me. I start to prepare one parrot food recipe and somehow end up with something totally different than I intended. After that little story I got an email parrot foodyesterday from a Lara, asking for the omelet recipe, which I did not do that day. I don’t have really one recipe, because I use whatever I have around. But here is one way I do it:

 

Put one clove of garlic with one tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan and fry over low medium heat until garlic is looking glazy.

Take 2 eggs, ad ¼ of a teaspoon of grated parmesan cheese and wisp them.

Cut 1 tomatoes in small cubes

Chop a handful of arugola, some basil, peppermint and/or lovage leafs.

Mix it all together with the eggs and put into pan and fry over medium heat until lightly brown. Turn around and fry another few minutes……….. and ready.

If you have fewer parrots than I, just ad some salt and pepper to the part which is too much for your birds and eat it your self. It is really yummy

Enjoy your parrot food ;-).


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Are fruit loops a good parrot food?

posted by Gudrun @ 14:11 PM
July 16, 2009

parrot foodYou might wonder about such a ridiculous title.

A customer just told me that she went to a bird store to buy parrot food and ask for TOP pellets. I don’t know if they did not have them. The sales person showed my customer another, multi colored branch of parrot pellets and said: this ones are really good; smell them, yummy, like fruit loops.

This Totally Organics customer feeds organic foods to her birds and does not want any artificial colors and other chemicals in her parrot food. But how many parrot owners don’t know much about nutrition and rely on their bird store for information about what food is healthy and which could harm their bird? I am just sharing this story to show that it looks like we have to educate ourselves, when we want to avoid certain ingredients in our parrot food. I know there are great stores with knowledgeable sales personal. But there are the other kinds too. I hope you have a great one in your area.


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Farm vs. Non-Farm Bird Food

posted by Parrot-Friend @ 15:25 PM
July 15, 2009

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Non-farm
A wide variety of commercial bird food is available to bird owners. However, bags of mixed birdseed often combine attractive bird food like sunflower seeds with “filler” materials that birds enjoy less. Birds tend to pick out their favorite bird seed and simply leave the rest uneaten. Other birds that favor some of the seeds that were not eaten will then come and eat those seeds.
Farm
Farmed birds fed commercial bird food typically are given very specific scientifically designed pre-blended feed. Examples of commercial bird food for chickens includes: chick starter medicated crumbles, chick grower crumbles, egg layer mash, egg layer pellet, egg layer crumbles, egg producer pellet, and broiler maker med crumbles. Tiny chicks can’t handle pellets. Crumbles are often made by taking the pellets and running them through rollers. Mash is more finely ground.


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Vitamin A and D in parrot food

posted by Gudrun @ 16:35 PM
July 13, 2009

parrot foodEvery once in a while a customers calls me or sends me an email, asking the percentage of vitamin A or D parrot foodin our TOP pellets for parrots. They want to do it right and try to count the vitamins and minerals in their parrot food. They first are shocked when I tell them there are no vitamin A and/or D in our TOP pellets or in any natural food. These are both fat-soluble vitamins, which are produced by the body when given the right condition. The vitamin A is taken in from beta-carotene, which is found in many foods like carrots, squash, mangos and most green vegetables. The body converts the beta-carotene into vitamin A. The good thing is that, from these foods the body can take the amount it needs and turn it into vitamin A. So, there is no danger of getting too much of the vitamin. If you look at the ingredients of TOP pellets, you will find organic carrot powder, organic spinach powder and organic alfalfa leafs, which are all high in beta-carotene.parrot food

 To produce vitamin D the body needs the exposure to sunlight, specifically ultraviolet B radiation. For a long time it was believed full spectrum light would provide this. But now there are different opinions about it. I still have full spectrum lights in my bird room and think they are doing well.There can be situations, when a bird is depleted and it is wise to give a vitamin A or D supplement, after consulting with your veterinarian. But I would not give it on a daily base to a healthy bird.


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Cilantro Organic parrot food on our porch

posted by Gudrun @ 20:42 PM
July 10, 2009

organic parrot foodWe look for the best organic parrot food to feed our birds. We buy safe toys and make sure our house does not expose our birds to any health hazard. But no matter what we do, our environment contains things, which can make our birds and us sick. One of these things are heavy metals. We just can’t avoid them. Therefore I am very grateful for cilantro. If eaten fresh it extracts heavy metals out of the tissues of our bodies. In a research Dr Omura found that during a treatment for chlamydia infections some bacteria were hiding in heavy metal pockets in our bodies. After the treatment was over they come out and the whole problem starts all over again. He also found out, that eating fresh cilantro carries the heavy metals out of the body and the bacteria don’t have any place to hide anymore.

Therefore every other month I make a chelation pesto, which I will share below. It is a wonderful  parrot food and most humans like it too. You can read more about it in my book “What Happened to my Peanuts”.organic parrot food

And here we go:

4 cloves garlic
1/3 cup Brazil nuts (selenium)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds (cysteine)
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium)
2 cups packed fresh coriander leaves (cilantro, Chinese parsley) (vitamin A)
2/3 cup flaxseed oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice (vitamin C)
2 tsp dulse powder

Process the coriander and flaxseed oil in a blender until the coriander is chopped. Add the garlic, nuts and seeds, dulse and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended into a paste. Store in a dark glass jar if possible. It freezes well.


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Organic bird seeds used for a human recipe

posted by Gudrun @ 13:24 PM
July 8, 2009

organic bird seed

organic bird seed

 

 

I know many human dishes, which I share with my parrots. But now a customer, who buys the All-in-One Soak mix for her birds, told me how she is using these organic birdseeds for herself too. She said that she soaks the AIO Soak Seed mix and feeds it to her birds several times a week. One time she made too much. She took these leftovers from her organic birdseeds, roasted them in a frying pan and added them to her salad. She said this is so yummy that she always soaks some more for herself now.

I know many of my customers who eat the Tesoro Treat. But this was the first time I heard somebody eating the All-in-One Soak mix. It is all organic and human grade, so it actually makes sense to share it with your birds. And it makes me wonder if there are more customers, who use our food for their own dishes.


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Nasturtiums – organic parrot food on our porch

posted by Gudrun @ 10:05 AM
July 6, 2009

organic parrot food

organic parrot food

Nasturtiums are easy to grow and their beautiful yellow and orange flowers bloom all summer long. But they are not only a joy for our eyes in our garden or pots. Their peppery taste is a Delight in Salads and for our birds. They give the fresh organic parrot food, we feed daily, color and a spicy bite the birds enjoy.Because nasturtiums are great climbers, they are wonderful to grow around outdoor aviaries. That way the birds can help themselves to a spicy organic parrot food whenever they feel like it.

 Nasturtiums are native to Peru, where the Indians used them as cough remedy. Our modern medical research supports this. They also have stimulant, expectorant, antiscorbutic (anti-scurvy) properties. In the 16 century the Spaniards took seeds to Europe and soon after nasturtiums appeared in the first herbs books.


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