Bug Bread

  1. Bug / Birdie Bread Recipe

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    This bread makes a nice healthy snack for birds, crickets, roaches. Its easy to make, and is a nice compliment to other gutloads.

    2 cooked and skinned sweet potatoes
    4-6 eggs, shells washed with anitbacterials soap, rinsed and dried.
    1 cup cooked sweet brown rice
    1 small finely grated carrot
    1/2 cup corn meal (see note below about insect flour)
    1 cup hemp seed
    1/4 cup ground flax seed
    1/2 cup seasame seeds
    6 tablespoons of bee pollen
    1 teaspoon poppy seeds
    1 teaspoon raw unsalted sunflower seeds
    1 teaspoon organic unsweetened coconut
    3 teaspoon raisins
    1-6 teaspoons spirulina
    1 teaspoon alfalfa
    1 teaspoon kelp powder
    1-2 teaspoons wheat grass powder
    optional: 1/2 cup avian pellets (be aware and use caution: most of these pellets contain vitamin A)
    1 cup bisquick (a pre-mixed baking product consisting of flour, shortening, salt, and baking powder)
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    3/4 cup water

    In a food processor or with hand held blender mixer, blend well the sweet potatoes and the eggs (including shells, that's why you washed them - good source of calcium).
    Pour into a big mixing bowl.
    Mix in all other ingredients.
    Grease a 9x12 baking pan (or muffin pans) and pour the mixture in.
    Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
    Cool.
    I then cut it into squares (portions), wrap and freeze. Then just pull out and thaw a piece now and then as desired. I use in concert with fresh fruits and veggies and various dry gutload things. You can also soak the bread in water or juice to help hydrate feeders.

    I suppose I should say that the ingredient amounts are all approximate, I never actually measure. also dont be afraid to try increasing or decreasing amounts of seeds and such, or leaving things out entirely. Id suggest the only important things are the sweet potatoe, eggs, and spirulina or wheatgrass.

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  1. sandrachameleon
    Banana Worm Bread
    • 1/2 cup shortening
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 2 bananas, mashed
    • 1 cup wheat flour (or 7/8 cup rice flour)
    • 1- 3/8 cups barley flour (or 7/8 cup rice flour or 7/8 cup chickpeas)
    • 1 teaspoon bakingsoda
    • half teaspoon salt
    • half cup chopped nuts ( I like wallnuts in this)
    • handful raisins
    • 2 eggs (removed from shell)
    • 1/4 cup dry-roasted mealworms (ground or whole)
    Mix together all ingredients.
    Bake in greased loaf pan at 350F/177C for about one hour, until a toothpick comes out clean.
    Cool.
    EAT (for you or your bugs)
  2. sandrachameleon
    optional - replace some of the cornmeal with dried, ground mealworms.
    Insect Flour:
    Put the mealworms in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer until they are dead but not frozen. Fifteen minutes or so should be sufficient. Then take them out and rinse them under warm water. Spread your cleaned mealworms out on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Heat over to 200 degrees F and dry insects for approximately 1-3 hours, until they are brittle and crush easily. Put them into a coffee bean or spice grinder, and grind them till they are about consistency of wheat germ. Use in practically any recipe!


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