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Old 07-02-2009, 04:38 PM   #1
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Photos of Mash diet

While I assembled the mash today, I took some photos in case anyone is interested. This amount is for five parrots, three of them much larger than a Parrotlet!

First I gathered fresh greens from the garden - two kinds of kale, collard, mustard green, dandelion, broccoli leaf. Then from the refrigerator, carrot, jalapeņo chili, yellow bell pepper, broccoli, and a piece of peeled, fresh ginger. Sprouted legumes are in the little container - I food process those with the vegetables since they aren't eaten as well as the grain sprouts.



Everything goes in the food processor together:



This is the finished result. I add several pieces of whole wheat pasta to absorb extra moisture, and it keeps better. The birds like the softened pasta when the vegetable mix is nearly gone:



When feeding the mash, I add grain sprouts:



and about 10% fresh fruit (papaya and mango here):



and Raspberries today:



To that Mash I add a little bit of powdered organic alfalfa leaf, wheat or barley grass powder, tiny bit of kelp, and tiny bit of flaxseed oil.
Vegetables are varied and often include either chayote or zucchini (didn't have any today), and fruit includes other berries, cantaloupe, pomegranate, banana, but almost always includes papaya and mango.

Sometimes it's easier to see what someone is talking about! Hope the photo series is a help for someone. The Mash is a wonderful way to make sure birds eat all the nutritious food you put out. Once they get used to the Mash look, they eat it regardless of whether the ingredients change because it always looks more or less the same, and parrots are very visual when it comes to food.

I used to use a mini size food processor, but with 5, I need the big one! The little ones work great for smaller and/or fewer birds.
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:37 PM   #2
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How long will this keep? Do you warm it or anything before serving?
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I feed it straight out of the refrigerator, and make enough to last about 2 1/2 days feeding morning and late afternoon. It lasts fine for me if the leafy greens and other vegetables are dried well before food processing, no excess water. A lot of the vegetables are straight out of the garden, so are really fresh which helps too.
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:43 AM   #4
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Thank-you so much for taking the time to photograph and post the photo's. Seeing the process makes more sense to me than trying to visualize.
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:43 AM   #5
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Very interesting. The pictures do help a lot!
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Thank you so much for posting this!

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Where would you get fresh legumes at?

I have lots of veggies and sprouts and hope to include legumes into the mix.
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Green beans and peas are legumes, Rebecca.
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Thanks raiven I guess instead of putting them in my mix whole, I'll sprout them.
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Actually the legumes I'm talking about are certain, more easily digested DRY beans and peas. The other diet sticky lists the recommended varieties. They need to be soaked overnight, then either fully sprouted to minimum 1/2" tails (1/4" for lentils) or cooked (boil 10 minutes, then cover and simmer 20 minutes).
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