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The Healthy Bird Cookbook by Robin Deutsch - Book Review

Guest Author - Mavis Metcalf

Robin Deutsch is a bird owner and a bird trainer. She began cooking for her birds back when it was acceptable and common to feed a seed only diet to pet birds.

The book contains 150 recipes designed for companion birds from finches to macaws and all birds in between. The recipes are not specifically for any particular species, so there is no reason you can not try all of them on your bird(s) to see what is liked.

Before getting to the recipes, you can read about the making of pellets and about seeds and the reasons to include both in your bird's diet along with some healthy cooked foods.

Fruits, vegetables, grains, dairly products, meats, nuts, fats amd oils are listed, giving the nutritional values, benefits and uses.

The list of foods to avoid gives the reasons to avoid these foods. Many of them are common sense (such as alcohol), but several may be items that you would not think if you are new to birdkeeping.

Looking at the recipes themselves, I feel that many of them would be fine for your birds or even for you.

Some of the recipes I would not recommend. I would not considered a packaged macaroni & cheese dinner as healthy, whether good things are mixed into it or not. I would also avoid packaged pancake, waffle and cornmeal mixes, although these are used in some of the recipes as well. These packaged basics may be convenient, but a healthier alternative could be prepared by using basic ingredients instead.

Some of the recipes do appear to be quite good and you are (of course) free to subsitute ingredients for something that you have on hand. Often, all we need is the idea and we can follow through with a version that our own bird will love.

I have to admit that I was getting hungry looking at the pictures of some of these meals.

You can find this book at
Amazon.com / Avian Publications / Amazon.ca

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