Friday, 19 October 2012

Grain Mixes

Today in a supermarket I found quite good grain mixes useful for when I don't have time to make anything complicated but want to treat my Digby.
One grain mix is actually a porridge, made with 5 different grains and 5 seeds: Porridge Oats, Jumbo Oats, Oatmeal, Barley Flakes, Rye Flakes, Golden Linseeds, Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Buckwheat Flakes, Poppy Seeds, Quinoa Flakes.

All the ingredients in it are organic too.

I've also picked up a bag of these pre-cooked 4 grains in Waitrose: wheat, rye, spelt and barley

So using both I made Digby a quick dinner: both grain mixes, persimmon, organic plum, broccoli and some chunks of bird bread made with organic pellets and a mix of vegetables, like sweet potato, carrot, kale and squash.


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Fattening Them Up For Winter

Only joking, not really trying to fatten anyone up but Digby had quite an indulgent dinner yesterday:
Bird Bread with a drizzle of Healx/Avix Relief product, blackberry, pomegranate, rowan berries, steamed carrot, peas, steamed tenderstem broccoli (Digby only likes the stem), steamed quinoa and buckwheat and a slice of apple.

Apart from getting her food all laid out on a plate I also get Digby to forage for her treats. Here she is eating an almond, wrapped up in a piece of kitchen towel and it was squashes between the end of that purple link at the bottom of the boing.  The other foraging food Digby loves and I also wrap up in kitchen roll and scatter it around her playground is Power Treats. 

Dudley doesn't mind doing a bit of foraging too


He also go crazy for Power Treats so on a very rare occasion he gets one as a treat:



The other day I saw on my Facebook wall a plea from the Island Parrot Sanctuary for any unwanted fleeces people may have lying around. The Sanctuary is located on an isle in Scotland, they have over 60 birds in their care, all rescue birds who have found forever homes there, and they need some help from us this winter. The sanctuary uses fleece to insulate the outdoors aviaries, to wrap the perches up to keep birds' feet warm and to make sleeping boxes.

photo belongs to the Island Parrot Sanctuary

In view of that I've decided to start a small fundraiser asking my friends who are also parrot owners to donate £1 ($1.50). It is not a lot and almost everyone can afford it. I know the times are tough, and that is why I thought if all of us chipped in we would have enough to get a good roll of fleece fabric for the sanctuary. So if you feel like you can give £1, please click on the widget on the right side of the blog, or follow this link to donate.

Thank you!

To read more about the Sanctuary click here

You can also help the Sanctuary directly, to find out how press here 

UPDATE: I have now ordered 21 meters of yellow fleece, thanks to all my friends who donated and I added the rest. We chose yellow because the owner of the sanctuary likes bright colours and it is a colour of sun and hopefully it will cheer the birds and their carers up. I am not closing the appeal though as they need as much help in winter (and summer too!) as they can get and if the appeal will reach $100 I would love to buy some comfy perches and warm huts for the birds, depending on when we reach the goal, so if you can spare $1/£1 please donate using the link on the right at the top of the page. Thank you!

You can read live updates on the fundraiser in this Facebook group 

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