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Make Bird Waffles In 5 Steps

Do you want to share waffles with your bird? Try this simple recipe to make waffles for you and your bird.

Patricia Sund

As popular as waffles are with people, why not make them for parrots? By simply substituting a few ingredients and adding healthy toppings or fillings, you can add waffles to your menu repertoire to change up your flock’s meals.

Step 1: Mix together your batter.

Bird Waffle batter

Basic Birdie Waffle Recipe

1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour.
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
A pinch of cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup of water
Mix dry ingredients together well. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Mix everything together.

Step 2: Pick and choose what to add to your batter, from healthy chopped vegetables to flax seed. More ideas here.

Bird Waffle with Vegetables

Step 3: It's time to cook your waffles! When purchasing a waffle iron, ensure that the cooking surfaces are not coated with teflon and employ a PFOA free nonstick coating. If you can’t find one that does not have a teflon coating, simply cook them outside or in a place that isn’t near your flock.

Bird Waffle Iron

Step 4: Once your waffle is complete, you can serve it plain or get out your toppings!

A complete bird waffle

This waffle is topped with blueberries, almonds and almond butter. This waffle is topped with blueberries, almonds and almond butter.

This waffle is topped with apples, coconut oil and flax seeds.

This waffle is topped with apples, coconut oil and flax seeds

Step 5: Serve!

Bird Waffles

Want to learn more about the history of waffles?

Wing It With Bird Waffles

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Posted: March 24, 2014, 1:45 p.m. PDT

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Although sodium is necessary for life, our birds do not need high levels (i.e., typical human levels) of sodium in their food. Baking soda contains about 150 mg of sodium per one-eighth level teaspoon, or about 1200 mg/teaspoon. Calumet baking powder contains about 60 mg sodium per .12 tsp, or about 500 mg per teaspoon. Your recipe then contains about 2200 mg of sodium just from those two items, not to mention what's in the almond milk. The almond milk sodium content will vary depending on brand, but will most likely be in the neighborhood of 150 mg.

High sodium intake in birds is associated with right ventricular hypertrophy, right ventricular failure and ascites, at least in broilers, so I would recommend following a low sodium recipe, using low- or no-sodium baking powder, and perhaps mixing the baking soda 50/50 with a product such as Ener-G's baking soda substitute.

In addition, I continue to be baffled, considering your previous behavior, as to why you do not specify one of the "healthier" types of eggs. Birds are susceptible to sudden death syndrome (SDS) resulting from arrhythmia. Gregory, et al, suggest that dietary omega-3 supplementation may alleviate that risk: "Young and healthy broilers are susceptible to sudden death syndrome (SDS), which is caused by cardiac arrhythmia. The longchain ‘fish-type’ omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), have cardioprotective anti-arrhythmic effects in animals and humans. Raising the cardiac level of EPA and DHA in chickens may protect against SDS." (LINK There are only minute amounts of the omega-3 fats in those eggs, but every little bit helps. In addition, the "healthy" eggs contain higher levels of other micronutrients, such as lutein.

As far as the almond milk goes, I find that Flax Milk, particularly the GoodKarma brand, to be a much saner ingredient. Not only is it low in sodium (80 mg per cup), the fat content, coming as it does from flax, is also healthier.
George, Houston, TX
Posted: 7/26/2014 2:24:16 PM
Not hard to find ceramic waffle irons. Amazon and Walmart both have them for less than $30.
Shawna, Cadillac, MI
Posted: 7/26/2014 7:29:15 AM
Actually, Pegg, there WAS a warning about Teflon, in both the article and the video.
Jan, Vancouver
Posted: 7/22/2014 4:30:01 PM
Can't help but wonder why "Bird Channel" would be encouraging the use of a waffle iron, all of which today have nonstick surfaces such as Teflon. Without even a warning. Wow!
Pegg, Olympia, WA
Posted: 7/22/2014 1:43:14 PM
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