basket of eggs for egg food
Feeding the Gouldian Finch

Home Made Egg Food

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I just answered a question on a post, about egg food and babies – and I thought it was important enough to put out here where others could see it.

The lady has some babies in a nest and wondered if the grains and millet she was feeding were sufficient. I like to provide a little extra protein for these growing bodies.

Parent birds readily feed their babies dry egg food products, like these.

Higgins egg food
Volkman Egg food

But I happen to be out of egg food, and can’t find the right size bag at the right price (has this stuff gone up like everything else? Ugh!)  And of course there are babies in the nests.

So I made my own “dry” egg food. Which isn’t exactly dry, but you know. So I boiled an egg, just put it at “barely boil” for 12 min on the stove. [Hubby says boil then move it off the stove eye for 12 minutes. We decided both ways work]


  • Egg(s)
  • Plain Dry Bread Crumbs (1/4 cup) or Toast (2 slices)
  • Egg shells, crushed
  • Vitamins or Green Powder, optional

While boiling the egg, make toast and whirl in the blender to create crumbs. Peel the egg and set the shells aside. Put the egg in a glass mixing bowl if you have one, and use a fork to mash in the bread crumbs until it’s all dry and crumbly.

I like to whirl the egg shells in my Nutri Bullet to really crush them. Then I stir them into the egg food along with any vitamins for the day. Since we’re discussing egg food for babies in the nest – I don’t add vitamins; they might get too much.

Serve immediately, or store in the fridge up to about 3 days.

More on feeding finches:

Safe Vegetables

What Is Chop

Easy Chop DIY

Feeding Finches book (takes you to Amazon)

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