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Home-Made Diets:

Corn Bread Mix

This is a method of sneaking new food items into your pet’s diet.  Start with a standard boxed corn bread mix.  When adding egg, also crush up and add the shell (for calcium).  In addition, add a few tablespoons of grated or chopped vegetables, sprouts, dried fruits and so forth.  Your imagination is the limit as to the variety and combination of foods added.  Bake the bread.  Cool.  Cut into small pieces that the bird can handle.  Refrigerate.  This will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days.  Leftovers in the dish will dry up.  You don’t have to worry about as rapid spoilage in the cage.

Bird Bread

Stir together 4 cups of one of the following: whole wheat flower, graham flour, muffin mix, etc. Add 2/3 cup brown sugar + 4 eggs (and the crushed shells) +1 cup ripe banana + ½ cup chunky peanut butter + ½ cup total of either raisins, currents, coconut, shredded carrots, apples or zucchini + 2 tablespoons baking powder + 1 teaspoon nutmeg + 1 teaspoon cinnamon + 1 cup milk.  Stir together, adding enough milk to make a thick batter.  Use more milk for loaf, less for muffins.   Place onto greased pans (1 loaf pan, 19” cake pan) or paper-lined muffin cups.  Bake at 350 until bread springs back (when touched lightly) and browned on top.

Kray Diet (Corn, Rice, Bean, and Dog Food)

Dr. Raymond Kray published a diet that is nutritionally balanced for most omnivores.  This diet consists of equal portions of corn, cooked pinto beans, brown rice, and dry dog food.  Dr. Kray also recommends a daily serving of fresh vegetables, fruits and a vitamin supplement.  This diet is convenient in that it may be prepared in large amounts, or divided into daily servings and frozen.  Prior to feeding, daily servings are thawed in a microwave or bowl of hot water.  You may easily modify this diet without significantly changing its nutritional value.  The corn can be replaced with a variety of vegetables (frozen work great); there are several varieties of beans that may be used; and carbohydrates (bread, pasta, tortilla slices, etc.) can be substituted for the rice; and finally the bird-type pellets or even cooked meat can be substituted for dog food.  Using this approach it is easy to develop hundreds of variations of the Kray diet, so your avian friend(s) need never become bored.

Below are some variations on the Kray diet.  Mix bite sized pieces together in proportions of 1 lb. per category by weight, then divide into daily servings and freeze in zip-lock bags.  Use 1 lb. of beans (dry weight) and soak for two hours.  Cook until just done, not mushy.  The frozen vegetables can be purchased and added to your mix (don’t cook them).  The items listed below are suggestions.

Holiday KrayItalian Kray

-Small white and red beans (soaked and cooked)-kidney beans/lima beans soaked and cooked  

-Stuffing flavored bread cubes  or canned/frozen

-Dog food/cooked turkey-Cooked pasta (small variety such as

-Yams/fresh cranberries/squash  tortellini, orzo, or small shells

-Cut green beans/corn/tomatoes

Mexican Kray-Dog food/pepperoni/Italian sausage (sliced

-Pinto beans and black beans (soaked and cooked)  into small pieces)

-Corn/flour tortillas cut into pieces

-Dog food/cooked hamburgerFourth of July Kray

-Corn/green pepper/onion/mild chilies-1 lb. can pork and beans or baked beans

(canned are fine)-Dried bread cubes (plain) or cooked salad macaroni

-Corn/green peas/bell pepper

-Dog food/chopped hot dogs

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