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From June Dinger’s home in FT. Myers, FL. This Pumlo fruit is from June’s garden.

When ripe around Christmas, the fruit has a pink color.

This is safe for your birds.



Our recipe for this issue comes out of the recipe box of Susan Ferguson




One bunch of Bok Choy
Fresh carrots
Fresh broccoli
Fresh Bell Peppers, red green, and yellow
Fresh green beans
Fresh corn, and or small pieces of raw corn on the cob
Fresh fruits, this can be seasonal
Two slices of whole wheat bread cut into small pieces
2-4 ounces of cooked chicken or turkey
***  And 6 heaping tablespoons of FOUNDATION FORMULA

Start with a nice bunch of Bok Choy. The leaves should be nice and green, with no yellow spots or areas in the leaves. The leaves of the Bok Choy should not be limp, like a willow tree, and the white stalk should not have brown spots or areas. Wash the sections you use very well, I have found dead flies more than once in various bunches.

Cut up and use both the white stalk and green leaves, my birds love both parts. Wash and cut up vegetables and fruit.

For the chicken: In the summer time I grill chicken breasts outside. Save the rest in the refrigerator, or freezer for the rest of the week or for some other time.  At Thanksgiving and Christmas I cooked a turkey. Some of the turkey was frozen for use later this year.

Your fruits and vegetables can vary, here in February I have been using Blueberries from last summer. In my freezer there are ten bags of cranberries for using later. Diana Holloway uses the term “Variety is the Spice of Life”. This is true in this recipe. Use you own imagination in this recipe.

I warm up all the ingredients and put six heaping tablespoons of FOUNDATION FORMULA  the mixture. Continue to mix until all ingredients are well mixed. And serve to you birds.

Bon Appetite!

** FOUNDATION FORMULA: 100 % certified organic pellets from NATURE’S CHOICE ESSENTIALS.


From Dr. Phalen’s report we now know that the Great Billed Parrots need more fat in their diet than the average parrot.


Several members have found success with ABBA SEED 1500 Parrot Diet


From June Dinger's home in Ft. Myers, is the Cocos Plumosa or Queen Palm with immature seeds. These seeds will turn orange when ripe. The parrots enjoy the seeds most when green. The yellow  plume is the bloom, the blooms attract swarms of bees and wasps which pollinate and then all of those tiny flowers turn to palm seeds.

Our own June Dinger is a Master Gardener

See DIET here

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          One “Bunch” of Mustard Greens
          One “Bunch” of Fresh Carrots (carrots with carrot tops, green on top)
          Fresh Broccoli
          Fresh Corn on or off the cob
          Fresh Fruits; these can be seasonal
          Multi Dry Bean Mix
          Canned Coconut Milk from Health Food Store
          Two slices of whole wheat bread cut into small pieces
          Two heaping tablespoons of FOUNDATION FORMULA (***)

Start with a nice bunch of Mustard Greens. The leaves should be nice and green. These greens can be purchased prepackaged; however, it is very difficult to check the quality of the leaves. Take about six leaves and place them in a bowl of water, clean the leaves change the water, and clean the leaves until the water becomes clear. (My last bunch of greens was full of sand.) Use two carrots from the bunch. The carrots should be long and thin carrots with nice fresh green tops. Wash both the carrots and carrot tops, and cut into pieces. (All my birds love the carrot tops cut up in their daily food). Cut up corn on the cob, and cut off some corn. Some birds like eating the corn off the cob; others like just eating corn. Three and1/2 ears of corn are used at our house for this recipe. Wash and cut up broccoli. (The amount depends upon what other fruits and vegetables. If I have two large stalks, I use the crowns of one quarter of one crown.)

The fresh fruits in this issue, June 2003, are coming from my plum tree. I picked twelve plums the size of a fifty cent coin. All plums had no blemishes. The plums were washed, and then cut up, not leaving any pits for the birds. (Warning: the pits from the plums are toxic to birds.) Set aside all vegetables, except for the corn. Heat the corn in the microwave.

Take a quarter cup of multiple dried bean legume mix.( Kidney beans, chick peas, black eyed peas, navy beans, green peas, lima beans, and I am sure there are others.) Soak over night in water. Before serving, drain bean-legume mix, and cover with four tablespoons of canned coconut milk from the health food store. (Canned coconut milk from the standard grocery store has too much sugar. No sugar is added to the coconut milk from the health food store.) Take the bean-legume/coated with coconut milk and pour on to warm corn. Then place the rest of the vegetable mix in bowl with corn and bean mix. Stir the contents well. Add the cut up slices of bread. Add the two heaping tablespoons of Foundation Formula.

Again, mix all ingredients, and serve to your birds.

Bon Appetite!

***FOUNDATION FORMULA: 100% certified organic pellets from Nature’s Choice Essentials.

Please use common sense: This recipe makes about two liters. Just one would not make an industrial size recipe for two people. This particular recipe serves 14 birds, five of which are Great Bills. 

Also, I do NOT feed this multi-bean mixture more than once or twice in a two month period.

Susan Ferguson for The Tanygnathus Society, June 2003

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