I've lived with Peachfront Conures Aratinga aurea for 30 years. I've bred 'em, trained 'em, even visited Bolivia to observe them in the wild. For more about me, click right here.
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cooking for conures
For years and years, I prepared a grain and vegetable based diet for my conures. I would cook at least a couple of grains, with winter wheat and brown rice always in the mix. The legume of choice was usually lentils, but I might use another type of bean or I might used mixed beans. I'd usually toss the winter wheat and lentils in the crock pot to cook overnight. Then I'd drain, stir in the brown rice, maybe some millet, maybe some leftover red beans...I'd store a week's worth in the fridge and keep the rest of the cooked recipe in the freezer. Every morning,I'd defrost and microwave a generous portion of mixed frozen vegetables, about half and half with the grain/lentil mixture. Sprinkle on some clipped sprouts or mustard greens and turnip tops, toss in some bird vitamins, and, whew, breakfast was finally served. On Mondays, of course, I also stirred in some cod liver oil or broke open some vitamin A capsules, to stir in that good healthy oil.
To be honest, I still think it's a better diet than pellets, which seem a tad processed to me, but life got in the way. I started to travel a lot more often in recent years, and you can't ask a reasonable pet-sitter to devote that much time to cooking for a Conure. They just don't get it. So I switched to using pellets more often, and sometimes the birds eat 'em and sometimes they just soak 'em. The things we do to keep our birds in good appetite!
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