I was just asked about what I give Kappa for a veggie mix, so I thought I would update this old PL post of mine
with what I'm now doing and repost it here.
First off the background. Kappa is a 4 year-old dusky conure. She was weaned onto pellets and veggies, and her diet right now is approximately half each (by volume). She is very open to new foods and enjoys variety. She gets a reasonable amount of exercise - she is fully flighted and when she is out of the cage she occasionally flies to different rooms when her people move rooms, or just when she gets bored where she was.
Kappa's pellet mix is many different brands, including Roudybush, Zupreem, Higgins, TOP, and Harrison's. She also gets a small amount of treats, which rotates between almonds in the shell, millet spray, Nutriberries, and dried fruit. I often put some or all of this dry mix into foraging toys, which she enjoys greatly.
I prepare Kappa's veggie mix ahead of time, sometimes as frequently as once a month, sometimes as far apart as every three months, depending on quantities that I buy and how much space I have in the freezer. It takes a whole afternoon to prepare, but I don't have to sit and watch it the entire time. I pack it in multiple plastic containers and defrost a few days worth at a time in the fridge. I serve it to Kappa cold each morning, and I give her a small enough quantity that she can usually eat it in one sitting so I can leave the dish in her cage when I go to work.
Below the cut is more details on the veggie mix, both recipe and photos. Quantities are not exact in my recipe, since I usually eyeball things anyway, and I vary it each time. Everything is organic. My current mix is the result of recommendations from Kappa's breeder/boarder/local parrot store, from her avian certified vet, and from a friend of mine who has worked with educational birds. ( Part 1: Grains and BeansCollapse )( Part 2: The VeggiesCollapse )( Pellet MixCollapse )( Photo spam!Collapse )
I hope this helps!