Mash! Chop! Bread! We love to make food for our birds, in healthy and easy ways. There are many different recipes available on the internet, in books, in magazines. We rely on pellets to make sure our parrots get the balanced nutrition they need. Which is essential to keep them happy and healthy.
This recipe for Shauna’s Mash comes from years of research from Shauna Roberts. Some of you may know her from the facebook group FeedingFeathers, she is also a mentor with Dr Friedmans LLP as well as many other parrot credentials. She has put in the time and effort to consult with veterinary nutritionists, and highly accorded avian veterinarians like Dr Scott Echols. She has checked the protein content, the vitamins, the quality and type of each mineral available in each vegetable. Why is this important to Shauna? This all started when her Umbrella Cockatoo developed issues with pellets way back in the 1990’s. She wanted to feed an all-home-cooked diet, but still reasonably make sure her U2 was getting the nutrition he needed. Years of research, refining and more research has developed into Shaunas Mash Recipe. Here I will share with you Version 2, with her permission. (If you would like to talk to Shauna about it, please join FeedingFeathers on Facebook and read through their files. It’s chock full of great parrot nutrition advice. Also, ask your avian vet before making any changes to your parrots diet to ensure it is right for your bird.)
I use this mash recipe as approximately 10% of the daily diet for my birds (a CAG and two cockatiels). (The rest is 80% Harrisons pellets, and about 10% seeds/nuts.) I like to have fresh food available each day. This mash recipe ensures I’m giving healthy food, and in a balanced way. I can either make up the ENTIRE recipe and freeze it in baggies, or I can make just the first half and freeze it then, adding fresh food to it as I go. I’ll point out where that is.
SHAUNAS MASH RECIPE V2
Beans: 1/4c each of adzuki, chickpea, lentils (green French), mung beans and split peas.
Grains: 1/4C each of buckwheat groats, whole oat groats and spelt.
PICTURE OF LAYERED DRY BEANS GRAINS IN ZIPLOC
Add all together. Soak overnight (8-12 hours). In the morning, rinse well. Put in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a continuous boil for a full 10 minutes. Then cover and lower the Heat to a simmer. Cook for another 20 minutes. Drain and cool.
PICTURE OF BEANS IN POT
Measure 2 cups of this bean/grain mixture for today’s mash. (There will be about 4 cups extra. I freeze all of the extra at this point, into 2 cup Ziploc bags, so next time I’m making mash I can jump right to this step. ) (PICTURE OF 2 ZIPLOCS SIDE BY SIDE “BIRD”)
To your 2 cups of bean mixture add:
4 teaspoons Chia seed
1/4t teaspoon kelp powder
1/2t teaspoon alfalfa powder
1/2t teaspoon Braggs Nutritional Yeast (for B12)
Mix in supplements well.
PICTURE OF MASH AND SUPPLEMENTS IN RED BOWL
(For those who want to stop here, stop here. Measure out into baggies or freeze in icecube trays. Then pop out one baggie, and chop fresh veg that morning. Voila! Or, if you have a tight schedule or a lazy husband, you can continue with the recipe and freeze everything veggies and all. Be sure to blanch veggies prior to freezing.)
1/3 cup beet root (I use golden beets and finely grate)
2/3 cup lightly steamed broccoli
1/2 cup lightly steamed carrots
1/3 cup celery
PICTURE OF VEGGIES 1
1 c collard greens, blanched
1 c kale, blanched
1/4 cup sweet potato (cooked)
1/2 cup mango (optional) (I never use mango)
PICTURE OF VEGGIES 2
Chop all produce: Fine for very picky eaters, minced is ok for my guys.
Add veggies to mixture, and mix very well.
PICTURE OF MIXTURE IN RED BOWL
Divide out your daily baggies. I use Ziploc snack bags. I only have 3 birds, use what works for you.
PICTURE OF MANY BAGGIES
This made me two weeks worth. I wouldn’t recommend keeping it past 2 weeks (even in the freezer) as the nutritional content degrades. Now you’ve seen how easy it is, and once every two weeks you can whip up a batch of Shaunas Mash! Enjoy!