Bug / Birdie Bread Recipe
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.
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.