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Top Bird Food Recipe: Kathy’s Sweet Potato Smash

A Bird Talk reader shares her birds favorite bird food recipe

Sweet Potato Smash bird food recipe
Kathy Venn shows off her latest batch of Sweet Potato Smash. Venn said this is one of her flock's favorite bird food recipes.

Kathy Venn of Minnesota said that this recipe is a favorite in her flock. “My African grey, Canary and Spice Finches love this mix. I feed it along with fruit, veggies and seed mixed with pellets,” Venn said.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 Sweet potatoes
  • 2 Ripe bananas (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter (optional)
  • 1/4 C. Peanut butter
  • 1/4 C. Frozen peas and corn mixed

Recipe Instructions: 

1. Boil sweet potatoes and peel them into a bowl.
2. Mash peeled sweet potatoes with butter.
3. Mix in the peanut butter, frozen peas and corn.

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Chiku, Venn's African grey, dives into his Sweet Potato Smash.


Venn portions the Smash into freezer bags which feeds her African grey, canary and finches for about a month. This recipe freezes well and can be thawed in the microwave the morning of use.

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Please don't feed your birds butter. Use vegetable broth instead. Butter is unhealthy for people and birds.
Amber, Winter Park, FL
Posted: 8/21/2014 4:15:44 AM
This sweet tater food is good, birds love it. Easy to freeze in ice cube trays pop one out as needed.
I dont use any butter, sweet taters dont need any extra sweetness or fat and with the peanut butter thats yum enough. :)
Joy, Summerhill, NY
Posted: 8/19/2014 9:26:55 AM
I just made this for my molucann and electus. They loved it!!
Lynora, Janesville, WI
Posted: 3/31/2011 8:51:01 AM
Sounds good
Dee, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 10/25/2010 7:49:18 PM
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