Thursday, 26 August 2010

Parrot Crunchy Biscuits

Parrot Crunchy Biscuit Recipe
These biscuits make a great and healthy treat, which is also easy to use in foraging toys as it is quite dry and can keep all day in a toy without spoiling. It is also a good way to introduce pellets to finicky parrots, including smaller birds, like budgies.
You will need:
1 cup of pellet crumble (I use Roudybush Crumble but any pellet can be used)

1 handful of almonds
1 handful of hazelnuts
1 handful of mixed nuts (walnuts, brazils)
1 small handful of unhulled sunflower seeds

1 small handfull of mixed small seeds, like millet,flax and oats
1 tbsp of water
1 egg
Directions:
Put all nuts in a plastic bag and put it on a soft towel. Bash with a rolling pin to break the nuts up, but be careful not to burst the bag.

Put all the dry ingredients into the bowl, including broken up nuts

Then add all your wet ingredients, mix well and let the mix stand for a few minutes to allow the pellets to absorb the moisture.
Take a baking sheet, layer a piece of baking parchment on it. Then, with two spoons shape the mixture into a biscuit shape. Alternatively you can roll the mix into small balls. Lay them out on the baking tray and bake in the oven at 180C for 15-20 minutes.
Here is the final result:

And here is my chief tester enjoying his biscuit

PS: If you have only large pellets, like Harrison's Coarse, just pulse them in a food processor or bash them with the rolling pin, just like you did with the nuts earlier. Alternatively, just add a bit more water and let the mix stand for a bit longer for pellets to go soft and mushy, but don't overdo on water, you still want the biscuits to be crunchy and not soft, like muffins.

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