There they are again: the pellets are not to be sneezed at!
So nice to see how crazy the birds get when offering the pellets. I make the mash (the ingredients are different every time), freeze some (in portions) and the rest I will dehydrate until they are ‘pellets’.
Do not mind the photos, I had that day not a steady hand
yellow and red peppers
Kiko came along to taste some sprouts.
All cut and spread on the sheets from the dehydrator
Some mash frozen in portions. When frozen I put the portions in sealable freezer bags and put it back in the freezer.
The dried pellets divided in pots – ready for use!
Today I make a new supply of pellets and fresh mash to freeze.
The Saturday delivery of organic fruits and vegetables:
The ingredients for the pellets:
(there is also a bag of winter purslane I make cookies of -> see next blog)
I add also cooked quinoa, 2 apples, hemp seeds, mixed nuts and some sunflower seeds.
All through the blender:
Mash smearing on dehydrator sheets:
A number of molds filled with mash to put in the freezer:
Take it out of the molds and in put in ziplock bags back in the freezer:
The pellets out of the dryer:
Today I could offer the home made pellets (# 8). Along with Harrison’s this is a standard daily meal.
Mango, bee pollen, kiwi, cooked rice stew, raisins, grapes, red peppers, hemp and a banana bon bon.
Mixing and sprinkled with poppy seeds.
It was quite a while back that I’ve made pellets, so today I make a new batch!
Rikki was my help today, who is currently very possessive of the things he hold more than 2 seconds… It was quite a commotion in the kitchen of Rikki claimed almost everything I was working with… It was a lot of noise from such a small bird, but it makes not a lot of impression:-p
Red and yellow peppers, broccoli, red cabbage, banana, chili peppers, pear, mixed nuts, radish.
Rikki loves it fresh
Stir everything together
And now in the dehydrator.
Photos to follow of the pellets when finished!
This time new pellets but without sprouts (time was too short).
Beetroot, jungle peanut, arugula, red peppers, watercress, apple, banana, grapes, broccoli, yellow and red peppers and sesame seeds.
Along with Harrison’s pellets a delicious meal. Nice to report that the homemade pellets be chosen over the Harrison’s! Also by Tommy who loves the Harrison’s pellets
I made pellets again today. Pellets number 5! I’m so glad to see that the birds love it. So far all variations are a success
Ingredients this time:
Fresh corn – pods – sprouts – sugar snap peas – Mini corn – red peppers – apples – grapes – broccoli – jungle peanuts (germinated: soybeans, chickpeas – mung beans) => this time no sprouts.
Before everything went in the dryer I have a separate bowl given to the birds with the fresh ingredients:
From dryer it looks like this:
Pellets are always easy to perform in addition to fresh food daily. It’s also easy to process into (food)toys, so it remains challenging to obtain food.
I have make some pellets!What’s in it: sprouts, bananas, red peppers, sweet peppers (red, green and yellow), pods, apples, cauliflower, jungle peanuts, sesame seeds, goji berries, kale, bean pot.
Go through the blender.
Spread in the drying trays.
After 12 hours drying.
An update of making a new variation of parrot pellets.
Again with all fresh products. The birds love the home made pellets and these were approved again
A few days sprouted vegetables such as:
Mung and adukibeans, red and green lentils and chickpeas.
Add some fruit and vegetables:
like broccoli, red and yellow peppers, lettuce, sugar snap peas, quinoa, mango, apple, lemon, sesame seeds, wild jungle peanuts.
All through the blender and mixed. For about 12 hours in the Dehydrator.
What did the birds get this morning:
Brussels sprout, sprouts, quinoa, 3 pistachios, cooked beans, bee pollen, apple and coconut chips. Mixed with pomegranate powder.
I’m ready for making pellets again. Beans are sprouting a few days now. They are almost done and then we can add fresh fruit and vegetables for make the pellets in the dehydrator.
I have made two pellet-versions already, and the parrots love them! They prefer my version over the Harrisons! I must be careful that they eat enough nutrients because the Harrison’s pellets have added supplements.
Using the dehydrator many vitamins and minerals retained, except vitamin A and C, which will be lost. I have to make sure they get these vitamins from fresh foods.
The dehydrator is back on!
What goes into the new pellets:
broccoli, apples, peas, red peppers, mixed nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, chilli, (not pictured: beetroot and strawberries).
Naturally, sprouted beans and legumes.
Everything chopped in a bowl with mashed bananas and quinoa.
This time three scales in the dehydrator.