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Top Bird Food Recipe: Warm Food for Birds

A Bird Talk reader shares her birds favorite bird food recipe

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Jean Lunsford said that her flock had enjoyed this recipe for years.

Jean Lunsford of Alabama found this recipe in a past issue of BIRD TALK magazine about 10 years ago. She said that her entire flock still enjoys it. “They look forward to the warm food in the early evening as the day ends,” Lunsford said. 

Recipe Ingredients:


  • 1/2 cup dried split peas (green)
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils
  • 1/2 cup long grain brown rice
  • 1 - 16 ounce pkg. frozen shoepeg corn
  • 3/4-cup couscous
  • water to cover

 Recipe Instructions:

1. In a pot, combine the peas, lentils, rice and corn and cover with water. Bring to a boil, cover and let cook 20 minutes and drain well.
2. Add the couscous, cover and let sit for about 20 minutes. This cooks the couscous.
3. Let cool to room temperature and portion the mixture into freezer bags.
4. Serve to your birds in their food dishes and freeze the rest. This makes about a three-day supply that you can thaw and heat in the microwave when you are ready to serve.

The couscous dries out the mixture and makes it crumbly, which is even more tempting for your birds. The warm food should be removed from your bird’s cage after a few hours to prevent bacterial growth.

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    I'll give this a try.
    Dee, Sandy Valley, NV
    Posted: 10/31/2010 7:03:24 PM
    Our flock of 'tiels LOVES this recipe! I've made some changes, though, which our birds really enjoy!
    I've added sweet potato & summer squash, and sometimes cut green beans, which i can get frozen & without salt. I've also added black-eyed peas, which i get dried (like the lentils & split peas). My foot-holders LOVE these! And I even throw some fresh, chopped carrots & either string beans or snow peas to the mix.
    I add most of the extra ingredients to the initial cooking phase, which makes the squash & potato delightfully squishy. I hold the fresh veggies until adding the couscous, of which I add less than the recipe directs.
    This recipe last our 8 cockatiels about 3 weeks!
    alyssa, south burlington, VT
    Posted: 9/11/2009 8:40:26 AM
    This is great. I am always on the look out for healthy, easy, recipies for my bird. Thanks.
    Tessa, Washago, CA
    Posted: 4/4/2008 2:23:12 PM
    It looks nasty but i but it probablly tastes good.

    ....well for the birds, lol
    Thomas, Morris, NY
    Posted: 11/12/2007 3:15:49 PM
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