My Handed-down & Added-to Nesting Food

from Catherine Reynolds

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- 4 hard boiled eggs
- 1/4 cup of finely shredded carrot
- 1/4 cup of finely minced broccoli, kale or parsley
- 1/4 cup of Kellogg's Petamine™
- 1/4 cup of ABBA Green 92 Nestling Food™
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1 tsp probiotic
- 1 tsp Avian Vitamins for each egg (I use PRiME)
- 1 tsp Spirulina
- 1 tsp Wheat Grass
- 1 Tblsp Trace Mineral Dust
- 1 Tblsp + 1 tsp powdered egg shell*
- 1-2 slices of whole wheat bread crumbs, separated (I like to use Banola Bread)
- 1-2 tblsp of Bevo's Universal Insect Food™, optional



(Recipe submitted by Catherine)

Boil eggs for a minimum of 20 minutes. Cool. Shred and mince vegetables. When eggs are cool enough to handle, peel and shred finely as with carrot. Mix the first 3 ingredients. Then, one by one, add the remaining ingredients, mixing well after each addition. Add the crumbs from the bread one slice at a time so the mixture is moist but crumbly. Freeze. Depending on how many birds you are feeding, you may want to portion, then freeze. To portion use ice cube trays for 1-2 Tblsp portions, and small paper cups for larger portions. I use a zip top freezer bag to keep mine in. While freezing this way you need to keep ruffling the bag so it stays loose.

* I save all of my egg shells from any cooking. I rinse them, then throw them in a bowl kept in my gas oven. When the bowl is full I bake them for 2 hours @ 200 degrees to kill any bacterial growth on them (to sterilize them in effect). I then powder them in my coffee grinder and store for later use.


Note: Ernie Wilson, who published an article about handfeeding wild chicks, points out that it is important to blend the ingredients until absolutely smooth. The "finely chopped hardboiled egg" would not be good for a chick. A person could kill a baby bird by feeding it anything but liquefied food.



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