As a proud new parent of a green cheek conure, I vigorously searched the web for care tips, cage cleaning ideas and things that I could feed my new bird. I swept the net for creative food ideas that I could conjure up; things that he would not only like, but would also be healthy for him to eat. I like the idea of feeding my pets nutritious food and I figure why not include him in on our Thanksgiving feast?
As I began to do extensive research I was pleased to find that green cheek conures can eat most all fruits and vegetables. Down south sweet potatoes are a favorite dish, especially around Thanksgiving time. I also learned that sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A and antioxidants that are essential to a conures diet (Conure Community, 2013). Here is the great recipe that I found for sweet potatoe “Mash Balls” for conures.
Recipe for Sweet Potato Mash Balls:
1 Large sweet potato
Peel carrot and potato, then boil until they are both soft. Make sure that they are peeled completely, rinsed and the ends are cut down. You can go ahead and prepare this easy recipe while you are making sweet potato pie for your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s okay to kill two birds with one stone! Just kidding. In a separate sauce pan, you will prepare quinoa. Boil water and add 1 cup of quinoa to the water. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes until the quinoa is light and fluffy.
Once the potato and carrot have condensed enough to puree, you will mash them together in a bowl, then add the cooked quinoa. Mash ¼ of a cup of millet, a small stalk of parsley (pinched from a fresh bush) together in the bowl. When these ingredients are cooled enough, you will make small balls in the palm of your hand. From there you will roll them lightly in the oats. Feed one to your conure right away and save some for Thanksgiving dinner (About.com, n.d.)
A few great tips:
These sweet potato mash balls can be stored in the freezer. This recipe is for just one conure. You may want to double it if you have more than one bird. That’s not all, I also have had three bearded dragons and I was pleased to discover that they too can enjoy this recipe. If you have a bearded dragon, you would make the recipe as it is but exclude the millet and oats.
About.com. (n.d.). Video:sweet potato mash for birds. Retrieved from http://video.about.com/bird /Sweet potato-mash-for-birds.htm
Conure Community. (2013). Foods to feed. Retrieved from http://conurecommunity.com/foodtofeed.htm