Breeding Condition Explained.

By Mike Fidler. POSITIVE FACTORS AFFECTING BREEDING CONDITION KEY TRIGGERS DAYLIGHT HOURS [PHOTOPERIOD] NUTRITION – FOOD ENERGETICS + NUTRITIONAL VALUE SECONDARY TRIGGERS CLIMATE,  TEMPERATURE, RAIN SUITABLE NESTING SITES & NESTING MATERIAL HABITAT COMPETITION, PECKING ORDER AGE, HEALTH COURTSHIP BEHAVIOUR PAIR COMPATABILITY THE HORMONAL CASCADE Counter intuitive to many aviculturists, breeding condition starts with a period of AUSTERITY. Nearly all wild birds, in all climates, in…

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Why Heat Lamps?

Why Heat Lamps? by Mike Fidler Have you ever lost a batch of nestlings because they fledged too early on a cold winter’s day? Or lost a hen which became egg bound during a cold snap? Or lost a bird with some kind of bug, but you could not catch up to treat? Or simply worry about your birds when it is wet, windy and…

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Fly Update.

Mike Fidler There are a few things I left out of the fly video on the Naturally for Birds TUTORIAL page which I need to update, including overcoming some of the problems you may encounter. Apparently, there are more than 10,000 species of fly in Australia but obviously only a few are likely to be suitable for culture as a food source for our birds.…

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Red Siskin Diet Formulae

Naturally for Birds Information Update: 9                         RED SISKIN DIET FORMULAE                                                  Mike Fidler, NSW Following an intense couple of years testing different diet components for the Red Siskin the following approach…

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Red Siskin Diet Formulae Base Seed Mix

50% NYGER BLACK MIX  50% RAPE 50% COCKSFOOT WHITE MIX 50% CANARY 50% BLACK MIX SPROUT MIX 50% WHITE MIX BREEDING SUPPLEMENT Parts = 250ml cups / NFB = Naturally For Birds 5.5 parts SPROUT MIX 1    part   MAW 1    part   CHIA  1    part   SUNFLOWER KERNELS 1    part   NFB PRIMA .5 part   NFB MICRO NUTRIENT GREEN…

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Food Recipes – various

By Mike Fidler STANDARD FINCH MIX 25% RED PANICUM 25% CANARY SEED 25% WHITE MILLET 10% JAPANESE MILLET 10% COCKSFOOT GRASS 5%  NIGER STANDARD FINCH SPROUT MIX & SUPPLEMENT SPROUT THE STANDARD FINCH MIX AS PER TUTORIAL After sprouting, add dry to sprouted seed: 5% LETTUCE [BLACK OR WHITE] 10% NFB PRIMA 2% NFB MICRO NUTRIENT FOR MORE INSECTIVOROUS SEED EATERS, ADD 2.5% OF NFB…

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Gouldian Show Standards

COMMON FAULTS MIKE FIDLER Folk lore has it that a mans best friend is a dog. I reckon a man’s best friend is an artist. I sent Russell Kingston some diagrams that looked more like Bradshaw aboriginal rock paintings or a complex modern art design than they did birds. I think he just read the writing and then produced his own concept of faults. Whatever,…

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Gouldian Standards.

Mike Fidler Recently I have been approached by avicultural bodies from a number of countries seeking input into producing a show standard for the Gouldian. Perhaps even better,at least from most peoples point of view, they all wanted to avoid a distorted standard which attempts to turn a dingo into a bull dog. We have what is probably the worlds most beautiful finch, but there…

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