Phoenix Foraging Rolls Blog

What we do for our birds! (Luigi the Quaker parrot)

What We Do For Our Birds!              quaker
That we never THOUGHT we would do

We would love to hear stories from some of you about what you do for your parrot(s).  We haven't had a Parrot Lover of the Month story for a while because everyone is TOO MODEST!  We want to hear your stories. It doesn't have to be anything dramatic.  It will be interesting to other people with parrots.  So for now, we have a link to some fun videos for you.  This is a woman with a Quaker parrot.  You may know Quakers are famous for building elaborate nests, which is why some states have outlawed them. They build nests that are a problem for power companies.  So this little guy, Luigi, is lucky, he gets to build his nests INDOORS.  In fact, his owner indulges him so much, she pretends to be lying down to sleep and lets him work on a nest on her.  He nearly pokes her in the eye repeatedly with the sticks but she is smiling and indulging him.  There are other videos of Luigi doing various tricks. The nest building ones are down at the bottom of the page here.

Dandelion leaf

We use dandelion leaf in our Green Chunks as one of the two main greens. The other, alfalfa, we wrote about before in our newsletter.  (You can read it here.) Dandelion is ranked as one of the top four green vegetables by the USDA.  As well as being high in vitamins and minerals, dandelion leaf has many other nutritive and possibly curative qualities and is known to be good for the liver.  So if you have been pulling it up as a weed from your garden all these years, think twice next time you see one out there.  Unless your yard has been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides, you might prefer to pull it up and put it in a salad. For you or your parrots or both!    

To read more about dandelions, here is an article.    dandelion

Wild, friendsly Australian parrots video

Wild but friendly Australian parrots:
Parrots in Australia
Parrots in Australia

How to stuff your parrot for the holidays

How to Stuff Your Parrot For The Holidays
Have you seen this funny article?  If not, it's really cute, you'll get a kick out of it!
Read it here

Two winter movies

Watch Our Holiday Greeting Movie!
Since it is the season of snow, here is another video with thousands of corellas, white as snow (plus some green budgies):
Click here 

Chef Claire

Welcome New Parrot Food Chef Claire
ClaireA few months ago we introduced you to Kristin, who was going to take Tricia's place when Tricia had her baby.  As it turned out, Kristin's talent was more in setting up spreadsheets and she has been really helpful getting our costs figured up on products. So since Tricia's baby will be here any day now, we were lucky to find someone who loves to cook and wants to work part-time.  Claire went to law school but has decided to stay home with her two daughters. She is a runner, knitter, and PTA member and enjoys cooking.  She says that making the foraging rolls is "zenlike" and is pleased to be making you tasty and nutritious treats for your parrots. 

Food nutrient charts

Food Nutrient Charts
 For Parrots and People
Are you interested in looking up the calories and nutrient details of foods that you and/or your parrots eat?  Here is a web site listing nutrients for seeds, nuts, and grains and then there are links to other parts of the site with charts for other foods. 

Parrot Lover of the Month, October 2011- Marie


Evacuating Before Hurricane Irene With Pets


Hurricane Irene found part of my family evacuated from our South Jersey home in the summer of 2011. Thankfully two family members were already out of state visiting relatives so that left myself, my adult son, my Vos Eclectus Ruby and our 16 yr old cat having to find a safe place to stay in a very big hurry. A young couple (very dear friends) quickly invited us and another couple to come 5 miles inland and take shelter with them in their very tiny one bedroom apartment. It took an entire day to secure our house. We truly appreciated having a place to go since it would have been very difficult to find a motel that would accommodate a parrot and a cat! Our friends did not bat an eye as two families moved in with big bags of personal necessities that we all were afraid to leave behind as well as our litter box, table top perch plus cat and bird carriers! Ruby, who is a habitual plucker due to food allergies, has recently started on a strict all raw veggie/fruit diet plus specific healthy seeds and nuts as well as Lucy's Unpellet and other nutritious food selections from Phoenix Foraging Rolls, LLC.


My biggest concern was not having access to fresh foods for her since the stores and all the roads were closed even where we were staying. What was I to do to insure Ruby had healthy food to eat for the duration since she refuses to eat frozen fruits and vegetables? I soon found I was able to relax and rely completely on my supply of Lucy's foods for the two nights/three days we were evacuated. It turned out this also helped keep Ruby calm because it was the one familiar feeling of home....she was without her cage, her toys and her home surroundings but Lucy's foods were now also her comfort food and I found listening to her rhythmic munching had a calming effect on me as my son and I spent the time wondering if we'd have a house to return to. Evacuation was lifted on the third day and we nervously drove through familiar streets now littered with the remnants of Irene. We were overjoyed to find our house was just as we left it with only downed trees and debris to contend with. There was not even one broken window!


The first thing I did was place Ruby back on top of her huge cage and she promptly tucked her head under her wing and proceeded to take her first deep sleep in three days as my son and I started to put furniture back in place and hook electronic equipment back up in the rest of the house. It would take a good three days to get the house all put back together but it was only three hours after we returned home that I truly knew all would be ok because that is when I heard coming from the bedroom Ruby's loud girly laughter. My little redhead was happy to be home and as I let out a big sigh of relief, I realized so was I. 
Ruby and Marie 



Mulberries, pine nuts, pistachios, black rice

pine nuts

Mulberries- Mulberries are high in several antioxidants including anthocyanins, reservatrol and zeaxanthin.  They have significant amounts of several others, as well. They are high in Vitamin C and are a good source of B complex, Vitamin K, A, E, iron and other minerals.

Pine Nuts- High in protein, rich source of monounsaturated fats, Vitamin D, A, E and a good source of thiamin.  Also, have lecithin. Our pine nuts are soft shelled. So they are a good foraging treat but are not difficult for birds to open.  Most of them can be opened by  squeezing between your fingers.      

Pistachios- have a high quality protein with all 9 of the essential amino acids. They have a low glycemic load and are mildly anti-inflammatory. They are a good source of Thiamin, B6, copper and manganese. They are also rich in monounsaturated fatty acids.

Forbidden Black Rice- extremely high in anthocyanins,  Forbidden Rice is also rich in iron. A new study shows that a spoonful of black rice bran or 10 spoonfuls of cooked black rice contains the same amount of antioxidants as a spoonful of fresh blueberries.  



What Do You Need to Know About GMO's?


                 (Genetically Modified Organisms or GE, Genetically Engineered)

 gmo plant


There is scary evidence that genetically modified organisms in the GM/GE foods we eat may actually become part of the bacteria inside our digestive tract!  One study showed that the Bt toxin from GM corn was in the blood streams of 93% of pregnant women. The USDA is wanting to remove all controls on GE corn and cotton.  (Read more.)

When GM soy was introduced in the UK, allergies to soy rose by 50%.  GM soy has two NEW proteins in it plus the amount of trypsin inhibitor (a known soy allergen) is seven times higher in GM soy.  (See here.) 

 How do you avoid GMO?  If you buy organic, it should not have any GMO ingredients.  If you want to find out about other foods that are not available to you in organic, check out this shopping guide or this one.The actual GM crops that are sold in the U.S. are corn, soybeans, canola, cottonseed, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, and a small amount of zucchini and yellow squash.  However, processed foods often have GMO ingredients in them. 

 For more information, go here.

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