Food, football and family what could be better, well what could be better is sharing this day with your parrot. All of our parts take part in Thanksgiving and have for many years, thought I do not feed them straight from our table each parrot gets their own plate for Thanksgiving.
Buddies’ special dinner: (note this is called Buddie special dinner as he was our first parrot)
1 Skinned, boneless chicken breast
1 ear of corn
1 cup of kale chopped finely
¼ cup of pomegranate seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds unsalted
1 large sweet potato cubed
2 Tablespoons of chopped jalapeño peppers
1 small squash cooked and cubed
Boil chicken in water until done, do not add any spices or salt to the water while you are boiling the chicken breast. Allow chicken to cool, once cool remove any leftover skin or fat there may be still. Diced sweet potato and squash bake it for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Cut chicken into very small pieces. While chicken is cooking cut corn from the cob, wash carrots and grate them with the skin still on them. Chop the kale and jalapeño peppers fine, if you wish you can place this in the food processor in order to chop it fine. Remove the pomegranate seeds from the skin. Once the sweet potato and squash are cooled add them and the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and mix. This recipe will feed three medium size parrots and three small parrots. I do serve this to them warm.
1 cup of canned pumpkin
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice
1/3 cup of cooked brown rice
Mix all ingredients with a mixer until mixed well, in a minute muffin tin that has been oiled with vegetable oil fill each cup half way up. Place the muffin tin in a large casserole dish and then add water to the casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Cool the little dessert completely. Once cool frost each little mousse with a bit of plain yogurt, serve to our feather friends.
Even though this is a fun time of the year to spend with your parrot please remember that this is also a day that can be very harmful for your parrot. Keep the following tips in mind to make sure that your pet and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday this season.
*If your bird will be out on this day make sure his wings are clipped and that your guests all know that your parrot is out so as they come and go from the outside they will not leave the doors open.
*Make sure that your Thanksgiving decorations are out of the reach of your parrots, many flowers in the center piece even though they are pretty and look like a toy to your parrot they can be dangerous at the same time to your parrot if they eat them. Candles in the center piece can burn your parrot if he decided to go and check them out, by nature parrots love to explore.
*Keep a close eye on the alcoholic. Some bird owners choose to serve alcoholic drinks at their Thanksgiving celebrations. While this is fine for adult humans, alcohol is extremely poisonous to birds of any age, and should be strictly controlled so that your bird won’t have the chance to get even one drop. Secure your bird in his cage during dinner, and ask your guests to make sure that they don’t leave any unattended drinks near the bird if they decide to go visit him.
* Birds can get stressed pretty easily, and the holidays can make it worse by exposing them to sights, sounds, and people that they are not accustomed to. Consider leaving your bird caged in a quiet, comfortable, and secure area of your home until the party winds down. This will help make sure that your celebration does not cause undue stress or discomfort for your feathered friend.