Bean, rice and corn diets are widely considered to be one of the best means of supplying good natural
nutrition to parrots.
2 c. dried beans
2 c. chopped carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, winter squash or pumpkin – all unpeeled)
Crushed egg shells, dried hot peppers, cinnamon stick, garlic cloves (all optional)
2 ½ c. water
1 c. parts plain long grain brown rice (not quick-cooking)
1 ½ c. thin pasta
1 c. rolled oats (the long-cooking Quaker type)
½ c. raisins or dried cranberries
4 c. frozen mixed vegetables
Add beans, carrots, optional items and the measured water to sock pot. At this point your pot should be no more
than 1/3 full or you won’t have enough mixing room.
Put on the lid and bring to a full rolling boil over high heat. Stir in the rice (and sweet potatoes, winter squash or
pumpkin if you are using them instead of carrots) and reduce heat to very low for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the
rice is almost done. Don’t lift the lid for the first 25 minutes that the rice is steaming and don’t add more water.
When the rice is almost tender, turn off the heat and stir in the pasta, rolled oats and raisins. Leave the lid on
and stir a couple of times while the pasta and oats steam and absorb the remaining moisture. In 10 or 15 minutes
the noodles will be softened (they’ll still be a bit leathery) and you can stir in the frozen vegetables.
The mix should be dry and fluffy – not wet or sticky, adjust water amount as needed.
NOTE: You can experiment by substituting one part each of the beans and corn for another whole grain such as
buckwheat, flax seed, hulled millet, barley or lentils. Just be sure that the ratio of water to beans and grain
remains the same.
Sprouting Seeds for Your Bird
Sprouts for pet birds? Absolutely! Sprouting is one of the best ways to ensure your bird gets some of the best
nutrition available, made fresh by Mother Nature.
What You’ll Need
• Sprout mix (seeds, grains and legumes)
• Glass canning jars and cheese cloth
• Grapefruit seed extract or lemon juice
1) Place the desired amount of sprouting mix in a clean, glass canning jar and fill with water. Add a few drops of
grapefruit seed extract or lemon juice. Place the cheese cloth over the mouth of the jar, fit the ring over the net,
and screw the ring on to hold the netting in place.
2) Rinse the sprout mix several times; drain and refill until the water rinses clear and clean. Refill the jar until it
covers the mix with lukewarm water and let sit overnight.
3) The next morning, drain the water and rinse until the water is clear and rinses clean. Place the jar upside-
down at a 45-degree angle in a dish rack or in a bowl so that any excess water drains and the mix is allowed to
breathe. Make sure that air can circulate around the sprout mix.
4) At least two to three times a day, rinse the sprouts and place at a 45-degree angle to allow drainage. Keep the
jar out of direct sunlight but in a place where it is at least room temperature.
Within two to three days, you will have little protrusions emerging from the seeds of your sprout mix. These are
plants emerging out of the seed shell, alive and growing.. You now have a sprout; a viable living plant packed
with nutrition waiting to benefit your pet bird!
Sprouts are a living organism, so refrigerate them after they have begun sprouting in the same inverted
position to drain excess water. Wet sprouts tend to decay.
After you are done growing your sprouts, ensure they are dry to the touch, and store them inverted in their
growing jar or in one of the special commercially available produce bags. After the final rinse, dry them by letting
them stand inverted in the jar for a few hours or use a salad spinner to dry them before placing them in the
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