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How to Get Your Bird to Eat Vegetables Part 2

Turkey Veggie Meatballs

Turkey Veggie Meatballs

This is the second part in my series of how to get your birds to eat their vegetables.  Birds are a lot like children, most of them do not like to eat vegetables unless persuaded.  My Double Yellow Headed Amazon Kiwi never has to be persuaded, he just loves his veggies.  He is such a Momma’s Boy!  (LOL)

My second idea  is to mix the veggies in a turkey meatball.  We make turkey meatballs (ground turkey instead of ground beef) for ourselves so we started giving them to our birds.   Our birds just love turkey meatballs.

Again, we started with plain turkey meatballs to make sure they liked them.  Then we started adding the vegetables.  You can use fresh vegetables or  you can use frozen mixed vegetables, which ever is easiest for you.  Cook the frozen mixed vegetables (if using fresh veggies there is no need to cook them) and then place the cooked or fresh vegetables into a blender.  Blend the veggies.  We try to grind the veggies up though not as much as with the eggs.(See Part 1 of How to Get My Bird to Eat Vegetables)   Just enough so that your bird can’t easily eat around the veggies.  Birds are so smart they can easily tell when something looks like a veggie.(LOL)  Cook in pan or in oven until fully cooked, well done.  We like to cook ours in the oven since we can avoid using cooking oils.   All off my birds love the Veggie Turkey Meatballs.  (Please note this technique is meant to be used for a short time period……Just to help your bird get used to the taste of the vegetables.  As your bird becomes accustomed to the vegetables discontinue the use of the Turkey meat in his or her diet.)

So the next time you make ground turkey for your family put aside some meat for your feathered friends.  Mix in some veggies, cook and watch them go to town.

Add some Lafeber “Avi Cakes” to top it off.  Has anyone ever made a veggie turkey ball for their birds?  I would love to hear your comments.

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How to Get Your Bird to Eat Vegetables Part 1

Green Leafy Veggies

Green Leafy Veggies

It is so important for a parrot even a small parakeet to have a diverse diet.  No bird should ever just eat seeds alone.  The trick is how do I get my bird to start eating a well balanced diet filled with Pellets, fruits and green leafy veggies?  This can be easier said than done.  This is my first tip on how to get your bird eating greens.

My Cockatoo Marshmellow loves scrambled eggs.  Did you ever give your bird scrambled eggs?   If not then you should try scrambled eggs plain for 2 to 3 times and make sure your bird is really loving them before going to the next step.  Marshmellow already loves eggs so I was able to move right into putting some veggies in a blender.  I make sure the veggies are really ground up.  Then I mix in the eggs with the veggies and scramble them. Marshmellow always comes right over to eat her Veggie Egg combo.  It is great because I know she is eating her veggies while she is eating her egg.  Some weeks I try to really put a lot of veggies in but I do notice that when it is too green she seems to run away so I have to watch my mixture. (Please note this technique is meant to be used for a short time period……Just to help your bird get used to the taste of the vegetables.  As your bird becomes accustomed to the vegetables discontinue the use of egg in his or her diet.)

TIP: You can either use fresh veggies or plain frozen veggies which ever is easiest for you.  I have used both and never had a problem.

Once your bird is happily eating the veggie egg combo you can slowly substitute egg whites for the yokes and really make a healthy scrambled Veggie Egg.

I would love to discuss other recipes and ideas for getting our birds to eat healthy.  Please leave me a comment so we can share ideas.