This is a step-by-step process to make chop, a concoction of ingredients for birds. It is a recent addition to my birds’ wonderful diet and I have been attempting to spread the wealth of information to my customers at work, usually through verbal communication. A lot of them get confused, asking “well how?” which is followed by a drawn out discussion about the preparation of vegetables and grain for the mix. I drew most of my inspiration for making chop from a very active bird group on Facebook in which members post their daily creations. What I noticed throughout the group was that members that posted pictures of their concoctions had greater responses than those who just wrote up what they had made for their birds. I believe that creating visual aid can help people to garner the ideas I am trying to have them apply in their own birds’ life for their health.
Step 1: Gather Ingredients
Fresh vegetables, fruit, grains, beans, lentils, spices, chia seeds, flax seeds, and anything that may be non-toxic to birds. Thoroughly wash any produce and pick through beans and grains for stones. For this chop, we are using: adzuki beans, orca beans, amaranth, kamut, lentils, quiona, brown rice couscous, black sweet rice, chia seed, flax seed, spinach, fennel, swiss chard, summer squash, snap peas, mango, pink pomello, strawberries, banana, apricots, apple, dried coconut, pecan pieces, almond slices and rolled oats.
Step 2: Soak Beans and Grains
Beans and grains must be soaked for 6-8 hours before cooking. Not only does it cut down on the cooking time, but it is essential in the digestibility for birds. Cover the beans and grains in water, about an inch above the dry ingredients. You may need to stir the amaranth in order to make sure all the seeds get covered.
Step 3: Chop Fruits and Vegetables
Using the fruits and vegetables that you selected, chop them into pinky nail sized pieces or smaller. I like to have a variety of different sizes since I have different sized birds in my flock, but preferences differ between birds.