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October 21, 2013

CRITTER COMPANIONS: Treats could help acclimate birds to new home

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Tonawanda News — Starting at a new place is always exciting. To turn a house into a home is a long, winding road of adventures that are created by many u-turns and speed bumps. I have always found, whether in a new apartment, condo or house, smells bring back fond memories of a once-distant home.

The tastiest and easiest way to make your house a home is by baking. Baking Aunt Denise’s funeral potato casserole with hash browns and cream of mushroom soup or cousin Chrissy’s new Hungarian pepper cheese dip will surely bring back memories quickly for me. However I can guarantee you that these are unhealthy — to say the least — for our critter companions. 

Being at the new house, is difficult too, with the new orientation of dishes, stove, refrigerator and pantry. Taking all of this in consideration, plus the fact that I can almost hear the backyard calling my name, I do not have time to bake treats for my pets.

So I cheated. Oven Fresh Bites, a company that sells baked bird treats and diets online and at two Western New York stores, offers a variety of flavors for your avian critter companions. My parrot, Buddy, my coworkers’ conure and some birds at work have all tried their products. 

I started Buddy with their baked birdie munchies. These are a nutritionally complete food item that my bird ate, but did not appear to be smitten with. She ate them as if she were eating her normal diet. 

We then tried the cran-blueberry, veggie delight and tropi-fruit medley cookies. I broke them in half because they are on the larger side. Buddy ate them both quickly and seemed to prefer these too many other food options. The best part about these cookies is that I can easily pronounce all of the ingredients and it is a short list. 

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