Make your own Macaw Food

While it may be hard to include your Macaw on many popular festivities, there is one way to give your bird some delicious treats of his or her own that are nutritious and easy to make. Here are a few favorite Parrot and Macaw recipes

  • Peanut Butter and Banana toast

  • -1TB Adam’s Natural Peanut Butter

    -1/4 banana, mashed

    -2 slices bread, whole wheat

    Warm peanut butter & bananas just a few seconds in microwave. Mix well together. Toast bread. Spread mixture onto toast & squeeze together firmly. Cut into 1″x1″ cubes & serve. Because of high fat content, give as treats a couple times a week and only a piece or two at a time.

  • Birdie Burritos

  • -Flour or wheat tortillas

    -Cooked yam or carrot slices

    -Scrambled egg (no milk)

    -Organic Baby Food (veggies)

    Scramble egg. Mash a couple of cooked yam/carrot slices and add a TB or so of organic baby food to make creamy. Add scrambled egg. Roll up into a burrito and slice into foot-sized servings. Be sure to let cool slightly before giving to birdies so it won’t burn their tongues!

  • I Yam what I Yam

  • Yams are an excellent source of vitamin A. The corn is a good addition because most birds will eat corn, and the yam mixture sticks to it, so they get to learn how to like yams if they’re wary of new foods. The yogurt gives them not only calcium, but acidophilus and bifidus, both excellent fighters of yeast infections! This is a great recipe for birds that are feeding their young. It’s easy to digest and regurgitate for babies.

    -2 Medium/Large Yams

    -1/4 c Raisins (unsulphured)

    -1 tsp. Butter (optional)

    -½ tsp. Pumpkin spice

    -½ c Corn

    -1/4 c Nonfat Yogurt (preferably organic)

    Cut yams into quarters then boil until soft. Drop in raisins for the last 5 minutes of boiling. Cool. Peel off skins. Put peeled yams back in pot and mash, adding butter and pumpkin spice. Add back raisins and corn and mix into the yams. Serve in glass bowls for maximum visual stimulation ;->. Put a dollop of nonfat yogurt on top of each serving.

    Warning: Do not leave this food in the cage for more than 2-3 hours, especially on a hot day.

  • Sweet Potato Balls

  • Blue and Gold Macaws, and most other Parrots enjoy this recipe. You can add almost anything to this mix and they will love it. Peanut butter, oatmeal, coconut or any fruit or vegetables are some examples.

    -1 large sweet potato, microwaved until soft

    -1/2 cup raisins

    -1 mashed banana

    -1 cup mixed fresh or frozen vegetables

    -1 cup diced apples

    -1 1/2 cup raw oatmeal, corn flakes or granola cereal.

    Mix all together and add enough fruit or vegetable juice to make it form small balls. Freeze balls individually. Defrost and serve.

  • Tropical Rice Pudding

  • -1 c brown rice

    -1-1/2 c rolled or cracked corn

    -1/2 c unsulphured dried banana

    -3-1/2 T split green peas

    -2-1/2 T raisins

    -2-1/2 T pistachio nuts (unsalted)

    -1 T dates broken in pieces

    -1 tsp dried milk powder

    -1/4 tsp allspice

    Add contents to 1 quart water. Bring to boil, lower heat, cover and boil gently for 30 minutes. Serve warm or cool. Yields 2 lbs. Approx. 1-1/2 quarts.

    You can make batches weekly or monthly depending how many birds you have. Keep a 3-day supply in fridge to reheat in the microwave (avoid hot spots) Serve no more than can be consumed in 5 hours to avoid spoilage. In hot weather, be careful not to leave it in cage for any more than 2 hours. You can also freeze the recipe in ice cube trays and put the frozen cubes in baggies. They should keep for about a month. When ready to use, pop 2 cubes in the microwave on DEFROST, cool and make sure its not to hot to serve.

  • Sweet Rice Mash

  • -4 coarsley grated sweet potatoes

    -2 bags brown rice

    -1 can carrot juice

    -1 can veggie baked beans (rinse to remove sugar)

    -1 bag small shell pasta

    Boil rice using carrot juice added to the water until almost done. Add in sweet potaoes and pasta (adding a little more water if needed – just enough to keep from sticking – you want it to fully absorb). Stir often. Add in rinsed baked beans, stir some more. I divide it up into several zip freezer bags and then take out what I need each day.



    1. Parrot Toys said,

      July 29, 2009 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks for the recipes. I’m going to try the birdie burritios when I get home for my parrot.

    2. michelle said,

      October 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      this gave me lots of ideas! thanks!

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