Quinoa is an excellent way to start the day with your bird flock. Adding quinoa with vegetables and other healthy ingredients and cooking it into a scrambled egg mixture just might entice your bird to try something new.

I love feeding my flock quinoa because it’s so healthy for them. Compared to other cereals, it is high in heart-healthy fats such as monounsaturated fat in the form of oleic acid. It has a very mild, nutty taste that you can use in a variety of ways. Adding quinoa to soups, stews and even sprinkled onto salads in place of croutons make it easy to boost the nutrition in just about any dish. While we cook it and use it as a whole grain, it is a non-grassy seed called “pseudocereal.” You can prepare it like cereal or grain, or it can be milled into a flour and used for baking.

How To Make This Recipe

This breakfast of scrambled eggs with quinoa and vegetables for your birds is a fun way to begin Sunday morning. It is a flexible recipe that you can customize to your flock’s taste as well as change it depending on what you have available in the kitchen. Seasonal vegetables are always an excellent addition to this recipe.

  • 1/2 cup prepared and cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup mixed vegetables or greens, diced
  • 1/2 cup yams or sweet potatoes boiled, or lightly steamed, diced appropriately in size for your birds
  • 2 large eggs with one eggshell set aside
  • 1 heaping teaspoon milk thistle seed
  • 1 heaping teaspoon hempseed
  • 1 diced jalapeno pepper or other pepper of your choice

Use appropriate amounts of ingredients to feed your flock. This recipe will feed four large parrots a good portion for breakfast with enough for an additional meal.

Crack the eggs setting aside one eggshell and beat the eggs until well mixed. Place one eggshell into a microwave-safe cup and fill it with water. Place in the microwave on high until the water boils for about a minute. Remove container from the microwave, and allow the eggshell to cool. Crumble the shell finely with your fingers or crumble using the back of a spoon or a rolling pin. Add it to the beaten eggs.

Mix the rest of the items in a separate container, add to the egg and eggshell mixture making sure all of the elements are combined and coated with the egg. This mix should be somewhat thick and lumpy.

Coat the skillet with coconut oil. Gently cook the egg mixture over medium heat, lightly turning to cook thoroughly until the eggs are slightly dry.

Remove the skillet from the heat, allowing the eggs to cool until they are only slightly warm to the touch. Place the egg mixture by spoonfuls into your bird’s food bowl and garnish with a sprinkle of your bird’s favorite healthy seed, nuts or sprouts. Fresh fruit such as berries or sliced banana would be healthy occasional morning additions to their diet.

Remove this preparation from your parrot’s feeding area after about an hour.

Patricia Sund is the creative director of Bird Talk Magazine, and has written for a variety of avicultural-themed publications, including Bird Talk, the Bird Talk Annual, Birds USA, Phoenix Landing’s Phoenix Beakin’ and Watchbird magazine for the American Federation of Aviculture (AFA). She lives in Florida with her three African grey parrots, Parker, Pepper and Nyla, stars of the popular column, “Memo to Parker & Pepper.”

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