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Feeding the Gouldian Finch

Great Book on Feeding Pet Birds

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If you haven’t heard of it yet, you will. I’m talking about the book: A Parrot’s Fine Cuisine Cookbook: and Nutritional Guide, by Karmen Budai and Sean Pao.

The book was designed to help enrich your parrot’s life through interesting foods, presentation, textures, etc. Emphasis on parrot. Turns out that doesn’t really matter — the book works just as well for finch owners. It’s really a nutritional guide, teaching you things like which flowers are edible by birds (Hint: Lots!) and how to make smoothies and soups for birds (who knew?). And recipe after recipe, all for birds.

You’ll love the photos as much as the information. It is packed with information. If you’ve scoured the Internet trying to figure out how to feed your bird, this book has it all in one place.


Read about:

  • Raw Foods and why they’re important
  • Safe Foods
  • Dangerous Foods
  • Foraging
  • Pellet Food pros and cons
  • Sprouts
  • Avian Teas and their use
  • much, much more.

As you can tell, I like this little book a lot. Is it perfect? No. It could have been better organized and edited. There are minor problems, like switching back and forth from Celsius to Fahrenheit — just keep your iPad handy to convert. And of course for finches, all the foods don’t work as instructed; I usually chop mine a lot more than they suggest.

Still, it’s a great book to have on hand for the money. 

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