For those of us who simply do not have the time or desire to cook and provide the wonderful nourishment that Beatriz recommends, don’t despair! Linda cares for many birds in her sanctuary at Sunnyskies, and the diet she presents is nutritious and well balanced as well.
For all of the birds, Linda layers food in bowls or trays from the bottom up. The first layer consists of a relatively small amount, like a spoon, of Goldenfeast Basic Parakeet Food.
Ingredients: millet, hulled oats dehydrated spinach, dehydrated carrots, Niger seed, flax seed and sesame seed
The larger psittacines (lovebirds and conures to macaws) eat from a bowl, to which she adds a layer of Harrisons Adult Lifetime Fine and Course Pellets, followed by a layer of fresh fruits (organic banana, apple, wild Maine blueberries) and then vegetables (organic broccoli, fresh pieces of corn on the cob or frozen corn kernals, organic carrot), 1 small, piece of multigrain bread, and a topping of two types of soaked seed. Linda uses Avian Naturals: one small (lentils, radish, alfalfa, canola and black mustard) and one large (included are adzuki beans, garbanzo beans, fenugreek, kamut, mung beans, several varieties of lentils, a mix of several varieties of peas, including yellow trapper, spring rye, barley and triticale. No wheat or sunflower) sprout mix. These are soaked overnight and ready to feed the next day. She reserves half a walnut, one almond and a few pine nuts for each bird, which all together provides, on a daily basis, all the minerals a bird requires.
Cockatiels are fed from one tray with the Basic Parakeet Food, layered with Harrison Adult Lifetime Fine, and then a sprinkling of pine nuts. The other tray supplies shredded (all organic) romaine lettuce, chopped broccoli, corn kernels, chopped or shredded carrot, all topped by a mixture large and small sprout mix.
Parakeets/Budgerigars get the Basic Parakeet Food and Harrison Fine in one bowl, washed and shredded Romaine lettuce in another, and the large and small sprout seed mixture in a third bowl.
Canaries receive a basic canary seed mix and Harrison Adult Lifetime Fine in one bowl with corn kernels, a few blueberries, the large and small sprout mixture and a roasted grub in another bowl. Linda hangs washed, organic romaine leaves near their perches.
Finches are served a basic finch seed mix and Harrison Adult Lifetime fine in one bowl, while the other bowl contains the large and small sprout seed mix. Washed, organic romaine leaves are also placed near their perches.
For Doves and Pigeons, serve a blend of Hagen Dove & Pigeon Seed Mix (no carcinogenic preservatives), a sprinkling of Canary Seed Mix, and Harrison Lifetime Fine. In another small bowl, offer blueberries, diced apple, corn, large and small sprouts, and shredded romaine lettuce.
Wash all produce thoroughly with vinegar and water, or Veggie Wash. If you cannot obtain organic produce for whatever reason, it is especially important to wash produce with Veggie Wash. Spray, wait 30 seconds, rinse with warm water and dry before serving.
Written by: Randi Hoffmann