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Re: For LindaC (or Michael :P) regarding food

Posted by Michael L on 6/04/05
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    On 6/04/05, Emma wrote:
    > Thanks for that. How much would you say per bird I needed to
    > offer? I put some pear out there just now that was gone a
    > bit "woody" inside, and the canaries ate all of it! They've
    > eaten peppers and broccoli today, and lots of carrot.
    > How many grams per each bird would you say? Because I don't
    > want only the strongest birds to eat, they all need to be able
    > to.
    > I'm working on mother, steadily getting her to agree that they
    > need lots of veggies. I am going shopping with her tomorrow so
    > if all else fails I can grab a trolley of my own and buy them
    > some stuff! Are butternut squash seeds poisonous? And are
    > brussel sprout leaves ok for birds?
    > Thanks so much for your time :)
    > -Emma

    Do you (your mother) have by chance a food processor. It would
    be called a Cuisinart (brand name) or other?
    If you do, many of the greens/vegetables that you feed your birds
    can be put into this device and chopped into an even 'meal'
    texture for you birds. It allows for smaller pieces, less waste
    and goes farther in serving. You can do nuts and some fruits
    this way, too. Greens, such as kale do very well when they are
    chopped like this.
    As far as the amount in grams, I don't think I would be able to
    give you a proper assessment of what the birds should have.
    But, surprisingly, it's not as much as you might think.
    Nothing wrong witht the leaves of brussel sprouts and the squash
    seeds are very good, too.
    Another inexpensive, but nutritious food would be cooked legumes,
    lentils and brown rice. All pretty economical to feed.

    Michael L