View Full Version : What is "Birdie Bread"
06-25-2003, 09:52 AM
I am just wondering - what is birdie bread. Can someone please post a recipe.
06-25-2003, 09:55 AM
Here's a "Birdie Bread" recipe that Bijou loves (also my husband and our oldest son ... although they didn't like the crunchy egg shells ). I'm still trying to get Rio to eat cooked/baked goods, but so far she only likes her pellets and seeds.
1 cup whole what flour
1 cup yellow corn meal
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp sugar
2 eggs with shells
3 tbsp oil
1 cup buttermilk
Grease an 8" pan. Mix dry ingredients. Wash eggs then pulverize in blender. Mix in oil and buttermilk, then mix in dry ingredients. Bake for 30 minutes @ 350 degrees. Cool and cut into small squares and freeze.
Variations: Fruits, veggies, peppers, nuts, etc. can be added to the mixture if you like. (I added 100% bran cereal, flax seeds and raisins).
This recipe came from June DiCiocco of Hideaway Farms in South Carolina. She breeds Sun Conures, Finches, Conures, Pacific Parrotlets, and Severe Macaws. She says that her conures particularly love this birdie bread.
This is Amanda's birdie bread recipie. It is not mine.
06-25-2003, 10:04 AM
I get so confused between you and Birdgirl.
Can you please tell me your first names? Thanks. I know you've said on previous posts - but I am not sure.
06-25-2003, 10:35 AM
I made the above "Birdie Bread" and then I used Crazeemama's suggestion of double baking "finger" sized slices (biscotti style). This is the way my birds love it because they really go for the crunchy, dry stuff.
Look under feeding frenzy section.:)
06-25-2003, 11:15 AM
Mrs. Birdy & birdygirl
Thanks - ? - do you bake it and then bake again when served?
Also, does the bread freeze OK?
06-25-2003, 11:24 AM
I make the basic birdy bread recipe and add frozen mixed veggies or dried fruit.
Then after that bakes according to the recipe, I cut the bread in approx. 1/2 inch by 1 inch slices. Put these slices on a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes. This dries them up and makes them crispy.
It is just like baking biscotti. First make the recipe then cut up and rebake to make a crisp cookie.
I hope this helps.
(the birdy bread turns out like a cake.....double baking makes them a cookie)
The cookies will last about a week or two refrigerated. Or you can freeze a larger quantity.
06-25-2003, 12:13 PM
Thank you so much Mrs. Birdie - I don't bake much so a more detailed explanation really helps.
06-25-2003, 07:10 PM
I am Allison aka birdygirl.
06-25-2003, 10:42 PM
Does anyone know if the veggies and fruits baked lose some of their valuable nutrients? I've heard that in more than one place, and though it's easier to get my birds at least to eat stuff like that "disguised" in breads and foods, I'm wondering if it's then not as beneficial to them, and is healthier raw or steamed? Just curious about what you all think!
09-08-2003, 12:27 PM
I am just posting to this thread in order to bring it up again for any "newbies" who might like to know what birdie bread is.
09-08-2003, 04:50 PM
I made birdy bread for my lovebird and instead of using fresh fruits and veggies, the recipe I had said to use baby food. Any kind. He really liked it.
09-08-2003, 05:07 PM
One thing i leave out is the salt, baking powder (may contain aliuminum) and the sugar. If you are using baby food instead of fresh pureed foods, the nutritional loss is higher. also please check the iron content. some birds have iron storage problems, i can't remember which species right now, but you guys can check it out.
If you just puree the veggies and use them in the bread, the nutritional loss is much less of course. if you are using frozen veggies of course again the nutritional loss is more as it has in effect been processed twice.
I still beleive it is better no matter what you use, than anything you can buy 'off the shelf'. my guys really like the biscotti style. i freeze the surplus. Thaw outside of the bag or at least open the bag so they don't get soggy. good luck