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14 years ago
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EARLY BIRD BREAD RECIPE

  • 2 packages of corn bread mix (not sweetened corn muffin mix!)
  • frozen vegetable of choice (chopped fresh, or rinsed canned are both OK
  • frozen fruit of choice (chopped fresh, or unsweetened canned are both OK)
  • hulled raw unsalted sunflower seeds (available at bulk food stores near snacks)
  • raisins
  • hulled raw millet seed (available at bulk food stores near cereal section)
  • fruit juice (orange, apple, etc.) (using more than one kind is OK)
  • eggs (1 more than packages call for)

Preheat oven following bread mix instructions. Grease 7" x 10" cake pan.
Follow instructions on package for number of eggs used, then add one more egg.
Substitute fruit juices for milk required by mix.
Add approximately 1/2 cup of hulled sunflower seeds, and approximately
1/2 to 3/4 cup each of frozen veggie and frozen fruit.
Add handful of raisins.
Mix all ingredients together well.
Pour into heavily greased 9"x 13" cake pan.
Sprinkle small handful of hulled millet seeds over top.
Bake until cake pulls away from sides of pan and is golden brown on top
(it should be hard on top, but not burned.)
Let cool completely, then cut into small (1") cubes.
Place cubes and any crumbled pieces in a plastic bag or container, and freeze.
To use, just remove one or two cubes and thaw, then crumble up into bird's dish.
Vitamins or wheatgrass powder can be sprinkled over the cooled, baked cake.
For one bird, this should last several weeks. Use as a treat to supplement the regular diet.
In emergencies, this can be served in place of regular food.

For Variety:

  • Try using cooked beans, pasta or dry bird pellets instead of frozen vegetable.
  • Or mix in 1/2 cup of applesauce (reduce other liquid by 1/4 cup).
  • Mix in 1/4 cup of pellets, increase liquid by 1/4 cup to account for pellets absorbing some liquid.
  • Or add 4-6 "fruity ice" cubes (see below), thawed, and 1/2 cup melted peanut butter,
    to make "PB&J" bird bread!

14 years ago

FRUITY ICE

  • several types of fresh fruits, any combination, diced into pieces.

Puree fruits in blender or food processor until smooth and mixed.
Pour into ice cube trays, and freeze until solid.
Keep frozen, stored in freezer containers or plastic bags.
To serve, remove 1-2 cubes per bird, thaw slightly.
Some of my birds actually seem to prefer the frozen fruit, especially in summer!


EASY BIRD BREAD RECIPE

This recipe produces a heavy, dense bread that doesn't easily fall apart,
making it easier to store and freeze.

  • 2 cups baking mix (Bisquick, Jiffy, Aunt Martha, etc.)
  • 2 cups white or yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 6-ounce jars of pureed fruit or vegetable baby food, any combination
  • Any additions you choose to include (cheese, chopped fruit or vegetables, nuts, peanut butter, etc.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Heavily grease one 9"x13" cake pan.
Mix all dry ingredients together well in large bowl.
Add eggs and baby food. Stir until all ingredients are evenly moist.
Batter will be very thick and heavy. Pour batter into cake pan.
Bake approximately 40 minutes, or until cake pulls away from sides of pan.
Cool completely, cut into small cubes.
Reserve enough for 2-3 days, and freeze the rest. Thaw as needed.

14 years ago

BEANS AND RICE

  • 1/4 cup pinto beans
  • 1/4 cup kidney beans
  • 1/4 cup split peas
  • 1/4 cup lentils
  • 1/4 cup navy beans
  • 1/4 cup garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 carrot (chopped)
  • 1 cup frozen corn (thawed)

Soak beans overnight. Drain, rinse, refill pan with water.
Add carrots and cook with beans for 1 hour.
Add corn and rice and cook till warm. Cool and serve.
Store excess in leak proof containers.
May be frozen in 3 day serving sized containers, and thawed before use.


15 BEAN SOUP

  • 1 package 15 bean soup
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 cup raw brown rice

Soak beans overnight. Add rice, cook for 1 hour or until done.
Add corn 50 minutes after you started beans cooking.
Drain water and serve. Store excess in leakproof containers.
May be frozen in 3 day serving sized containers, and thawed before use.


MILLET & RICE

  • 1 part cup cooked hulled millet
  • 1 part cup white rice, cooked
  • 1 part cup brown rice, cooked

Soak millet in water for 20 minutes prior to cooking.
Mix together with rice and serve warmed.


AMBROSIA

  • 2 medium oranges peeled
  • 1 small banana cut into slices
  • 20-30 seedless grapes, quartered if your birds are smaller
  • 1 cup strawberries cut in half.
  • 1 small apple cut into bird-sized pieces

Combine all ingredients and toss well. Can be frozen until further use.

14 years ago
Gourmet Bird Food Balls

2 pounds ground suet
2 cups peanut butter
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup bacon grease
1 pound regular oatmeal
1 cup cornmeal
Bird feed with sunflower seeds

Have the butcher grind the suet.

Place suet in a pan and melt over medium heat. Strain into a large bowl. Add peanut butter, molasses, bacon grease, oatmeal and corn meal. Add enough seeds until mixture can be rolled into balls. Roll into two-inch balls and coat with bird feed while warm. Chill.

Place outside for the birds. If using as a gift, wrap individual balls in plastic wrap and tie with a ribbon. Attach a label indicating it is for the birds.

Yields 24 two-inch balls

Anonymous
14 years ago
Awesome post, Tracy!!!
14 years ago
A Bird's Delight

1 1/4 pounds suet
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup crushed peanuts
1/2 cup cracked corn kernels

Melt suet in the oven or saucepan (yields about 2 cups liquid fat). Stir in peanuts, sunflower seeds and corn. Spoon into a 4-cup heart-shaped mold (or two 2-cup molds); insert a drinking straw at the top (for rope). Cool in the refrigerator until solid.

Unmold; remove straw. Thread with string and tie to a shaded tree branch.


Bird Cake

Source: Northern Michigan Wildlife Rehabilitation Newsletter.

1 pound suet, cut into small pieces
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup chunk-style peanut butter
1 cup mixed wild birdseed
1 cup sunflower seeds
Muffin pans

Melt suet over low heat. Stir in remaining ingredients to blend. Pour into paper-lined muffin pans and chill until hardened.

14 years ago
Bird Crackers

Peanut butter
12 saltine crackers
Bird seed

Spread peanut butter on both sides of the crackers and dip in the bird seed, completely covering the cracker. Let sit for about 15 minutes. The cracker will soften a little.

Punch a hole in the top and attach a ribbon for hanging.


Gourmet Bird Food Balls

2 pounds ground suet
2 cups peanut butter
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup bacon grease
1 pound regular oatmeal
1 cup cornmeal
Bird feed with sunflower seeds

Have the butcher grind the suet.

Place suet in a pan and melt over medium heat. Strain into a large bowl. Add peanut butter, molasses, bacon grease, oatmeal and corn meal. Add enough seeds until mixture can be rolled into balls. Roll into two-inch balls and coat with bird feed while warm. Chill.

Place outside for the birds. If using as a gift, wrap individual balls in plastic wrap and tie with a ribbon. Attach a label indicating it is for the birds.

Yields 24 two-inch balls

14 years ago
Sorry about the repeat Kat.
Anonymous
14 years ago
No problem, Tracy!!! These are awesome recipes!!! Thank you!!!
14 years ago

Great recipes! Thank you for sharing! Here's one more:

Suet Muffins (for birds)

2 cups warm rendered suet*
1 cup dry bread
crumbs
1 can dog food or 1 cup peanut butter

2 cups raisins
2 cups rolled oats

Mix together well. Pour into a cupcake pan, then chill. Hang muffins in bird feed bag or fasten with a string to a tree.

* Render 2 pounds of raw suet by chopping in a meat grinder. Place in pot with 1/2 inch of water; cover with lid and place in a 350F oven. Stir occasionally. Set lid ajar after fat begins to run. Count on 2 to 3 hours cooking time; strain liquid fat.

Anonymous
14 years ago

Sweet Oat Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground wheat or Roman Meal bread
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and blend well. Grease a pie pan for baking. Pour mixture into pie pan and bake at 350 degrees until mixture is golden brown. If desired, raisins may be added. Crumble pie and place in feeder.

Anonymous
14 years ago

Bluebird Blend

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sunflower chips
  • 1 cup tiny currants
  • 1 cup peanut hearts
  • 1 cup rendered (melted and skimmed) suet

Directions:

Mix ingredients well. Mixture should be granular but should stick together. If mixture is sticky, add corn meal. Mixture can be placed into holes in a log feeder or on an open platform feeder.

Recipe compliments of Linda Janilla Peterson

 

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