Kak in the Kitchen


All-Purpose Bread

This was originally a recipe for an apricot nut loaf. Bread is one of the best things you can make for your birds. Why? Three reasons: 1) Even picky eaters will usually eat it. 2) Bread is very flexible; you can stuff just about anything in it. 3) You can get your bird to eat foods it normally wouldn't by concealing them inside bread. The ingredient list here is only a basic guideline. Like I said before, you can add just about anything you want. Fruits and nuts bake great, veggies usually don't. Warning: don't add tomatoes unless you REALLY love the smell. The bread will reek of them while it's baking and whenever it's re-heated.


3/4 cup dried fruit
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup Crazy Corn
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp Spirulina
2 tbl melted butter
3 eggs with shell
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts & pine nuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In one bowl mix all the powders (flour, Spirulina, baking soda and powder). Throw everything else into another bowl. Make sure everything is well mixed and eggs shells are well crunched as the bread will be very thick. Add all the powders to your "everything else" bowl. Mix well again. Batter should be very thick and chunky. If it's not add more fruit/nuts/whatever. Pour in pan, bake 55-60 minutes. Let bread cool before cutting. Cut bread into slices (however much you will use at once) and store in a ziplock baggy in the freezer. Defrost however much you need later.

Simple Eggfood

All birds, especially breeding pairs, need protein. This can be supplied in many ways. Most poultry owners and some parrot owners buy their birds lay mash. Others prepare bean mixes. Another easy way to give your birds protein is to serve them eggs (and no this is not cannibalism). Not only does it provide protein but calcium as well. As one of my AVS professors put it, "The egg is the most complete form of nutrition." I know that most of you probably already know how to cook eggs, but then my stepdad couldn't even hardboil one before he met my mom.


The number of eggs depends on how many birds you're planning to feed. One egg goes a long way. If you're like me and you've raised quail at one point or another, 4-6 quail eggs equals one chicken egg (I'd like to note though that I never added the shell when I used quail eggs). There are also many extras you can add if you like to make a little omelet: cheese (sparingly, birds are lactose intolerant), peppers, veggies, and beans.


Take out a bowl ow measuring cup that is microwave-safe. Toss entire egg into bowl and crunch up well. Put bowl into microwave and heat until the egg is puffy and there is no "goo" left. This may take 90 or more seconds depending on the strength of your microwave and how many eggs you're cooking. Place egg on plate and cruch further, making sure the shell is well mixed and not clumped together. Serve while warm and take out unfinished portion within an hour as it will start to spoil and attract ants.

Rice Pudding Muffins

This one was sent to me by someone from the message boards.


2 cup apple juice
2 cup instant rice
1/4 cup raisins or dates
1 15 oz. can of sweet potatoes (use 1/2 the juice from the can also)
3 tbsp honey
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup flaked coconut
3 large eggs
1 box of yellow cake mix
1/4 cup chopped nuts


Add the raisins to the apple juice and bring to a boil in the microwave. You'll need a large bowl. After the juice boils for one minute remove and add instant rice, cover and allow to cool. Set this aside. Blend sweet potatoes with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut and eggs until smooth. In a large bowl empty the box of yellow cake mix and then fold in the rice mixture and add the potatoe mix. Stir everything together and bake a 400 degrees in muffin tins until golden brown. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen muffins.

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