For snacks they enjoy raw English walnuts, filberts, almonds and Brazil nuts, as well as, air-popped popcorn, spaghetti, ravioli, cheddar cheese and pizza bones (crust). I don't know how they know it, but when we're eating these foods or I'm slicing cheese . . . they begin to beg!Libby ~ our 16 year old, female, Blue and Gold Macaw.
My problem is Libby and Evergreen pick out the corn and peas and throw their carrots and green beans on the floor. I can't say I blame them, when it comes to the hard and tasteless carrots, cut in little squares. We recycle their uneaten veggies by feeding them to our chickens, who by the way, really enjoy them!
Evergreen ~ our 15 year old male, Vosmaeri Eclectus.
I know it's important for our parrots to eat all their veggies to get the nutrients they need to stay fit and trim so, I decided to make my own mixed veggies using oven roasted carrots, fresh, blanched corn on the cob and frozen peas. The carrots came from my garden, the sweet corn was purchased 5 ears for $1.00 and the frozen peas were $ .99 per bag. I made 6 cups or approximately 3 lbs. of mixed veggies for $1.60! That's a savings of $1.40 and there will be no waste so I don't have to feed them as much! Win! Win for everyone!
Libby and Evergreen finally have a blend of veggies they'll eat because they taste good! I've already given them samples of the sweet roasted carrots and they love them! Libby kept saying, "Mmmm mmmmm, while she was eating them! I'm saving money, our parrots are eating better, I don't have veggies tossed all over the place . . . My only problem is our chickens expect their veggies before we put them to bed each night! Will and I have been making a concerted effort to save the fruit and veggie ends and scraps for our Girls and with the money I'm saving, I'll just have to give them a couple handsful of my new Veggie Mix along with the scraps we're saving.
Will is away on business for a couple of days, but there is never a dull moment with 4 talking parrots in the house . . . Over at Julie's!!!