is an important part of a bird's diet, especially if live
food is not on the menu. It provides the much-needed protein
that is frequently lacking in the diet of birds in captivity.
Fortunately, it is generally well-received by most finches,
easy to prepare, and inexpensive.
recipes abound. Many people have put much creative thought
into new eggfood recipes that are well-received by their
birds. I prefer recipes that require simple ingredients
- ingredients that I already have on hand or that are
easy for me to find. However, many people like to express
their creativity in their eggfoods and some recipes can
require a dedicated trip to the supermarket and/or petstore.
Whatever your preference, there is probably an eggfood
recipe for you out there somewhere.
Most Basic Eggfood Recipe
Eggs (as many
eggs in a saucepan and submerge in water.
Bring to a gentle boil.
Boil for about 10-12 minutes.
Remove eggs from saucepan and cool in a bowl of ice
When cool, remove the shells and mash egg white and
yoke with a fork (or use a food processor) until thoroughly
Crush the eggshells and mix into eggfood or serve
separately in a small dish.
Some people recommend
boiling for 20 minutes to ensure any harmful bacteria
is destroyed, others claim this is too long and many
of the nutrients are lost by overcooking. Supposedly,
if the egg yolk has an olive hue, the egg has been
cooked too long. It should be a bright yellow color.
Store extra eggfood
in the refrigerator for a few days. Hard boiled egg
can be frozen if necessary (thaw by placing in the
refrigerator the day before you intend to serve it
to the birds), but this may affect the texture and
the birds may not accept the thawed portions as readily.
with other ingredients if you like. Common additions
include finely diced greens/vegetables (eg, carrots),
vitamins, bread crumbs, handfeeding formula, commercial
dry eggfood. With the exception of the vitamins, you
can add as much or as little as you like.
people purchase egg biscuits from pet stores to feed to
their birds. Their is a cheaper alternative - egg bread.
Your birds will likely prefer it and it is very simple
to prepare. You can even use the egg bread as a substitute
for eggfood if necessary. It may be accepted by finicky
eaters that would otherwise ignore the eggfood. It is
also ideal for those who work during the day or go on
vacation, since it can be left in the cage/aviary all
day without as much risk of spoiling (it stales instead).
I sometimes mix in the grated egg bread with mashed hard-boiled
egg to prepare eggfood as well. And when baking, the egg
bread smells good enough for me to eat (but I haven't
tried it)! The ingredients are simple: all you really
need are eggs and corn muffin mix.
This recipe was adapted from one by a man named Joe who
used to post on the now defunct Finch Network message
board. I have modified the original recipe to meet my
needs. This recipe is pretty flexible, so feel free to
experiment with it. For example, if you don't have access
to handfeeding formula or vitamins, you can skip these
ingredients. If the texture is too moist for your liking,
reduce the number of eggs (but remember, the more eggs,
the higher the protein content). I have also increased
the number of eggs when I wanted to use up the rest of
the eggs in my refrigerator to no ill effects.