Basic Bird Chop Recipe

Basic Bird Chop Recipe


Bird chop typically refers to a homemade mix of fresh vegetables, grains, legumes, and sometimes fruits that is prepared for pet birds, especially parrots. This mixture provides a varied and balanced diet, offering essential nutrients that might not be available in commercial bird food alone. Here's a basic recipe and guidelines for making bird chop. Shop Now: Bird Chop Mixes


Basic Bird Chop Recipe
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Basic Bird Chop Recipe


  1. Vegetables:
    • Leafy greens (spinach, kale, Swiss chard)
    • Bell peppers (red, green, yellow, orange)
    • Carrots
    • Broccoli
    • Sweet potatoes or squash
  2. Grains:
    • Quinoa
    • Rice
    • Barley
  3. Legumes:
    • Lentils
    • Chickpeas
    • Mung beans
  4. Fruits:
    • Berries (blueberries, raspberries)
    • Apples 
    • Guava
  5. Seeds and Nuts (sparingly):
    • Sunflower seeds
    • Flax seeds
    • Almonds (unsalted)


  1. Wash all ingredients thoroughly to remove any pesticides or contaminants.
  2. Cook the grains and legumes:
    • Cook quinoa, brown rice, and barley according to package instructions.
    • Rinse and cook lentils, chickpeas, and mung beans until tender.
  3. Chop the vegetables and fruits:
    • Dice the vegetables and fruits into small, bird-friendly pieces.
    • Ensure the pieces are small enough for your bird to handle.
  4. Mix the ingredients:
    • Combine the chopped vegetables, cooked grains, and legumes in a large bowl.
  5. Portion and store:
    • Portion the mixture into daily servings.
    • Store in airtight containers or ziplock bags.
    • Freeze the portions to keep them fresh and thaw them as needed.

Tips for Making Bird Chop:

  • Variety: Change the ingredients regularly to provide different nutrients and prevent boredom.
  • Balance: Ensure a balance between vegetables, grains, and legumes to meet nutritional needs.
  • Avoid toxic foods: Some foods are toxic to birds, such as avocado, chocolate, caffeine, and onion. Always check if an ingredient is safe before adding it to the chop.
  • Monitor your bird's preferences: Some birds may prefer certain textures or flavors. Adjust the recipe according to their preferences while keeping it balanced.

By preparing bird chop, you can ensure your parrot receives a nutritious and enjoyable diet, contributing to their overall health and well-being.

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Author: Monika Sangar
Co-founder of Prego Dalliance Sanctuary, Artisan of PDS Parrot Shop
Models: Lani, Budgie; Mumble, Caique 

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Monika Sangar, the co-founder of Prego Dalliance Sanctuary, a 501c3 non-profit organization, uses these blogs to share her hands-on experience with parrots.

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