Food Recipes

  SEED MIXES, SUPPLEMENT RECIPES, SOFTBILL DIETS 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] 63% SPROUTED FINCH MIX ADDED DRY 20% COCKSFOOT GRASS SEED   5% LETTUCE [BLACK OR WHITE] 10% NFB PRIMA 2% NFB MICRO NUTRIENT FOR…

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Understanding Breeding Condition.

 By Mike Fidler DAYLIGHT HOURS [PHOTOPERIOD] NUTRITION – FOOD ENERGETICS + NUTRITIONAL VALUE CLIMATE,  TEMPERATURE, RAIN AVAILABLE NESTING SITES & NESTING MATERIAL HABITAT COMPETITION, PECKING ORDER AGE, HEALTH COURTSHIP BEHAVIOUR COMPATABILITY THE HORMONAL CASCADE In the wild, the start of the breeding cycle in birds is triggered by day length [photoperiod] in temperate zones, and seasonal rains or vegetative greenness in tropical ones. These primary…

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Bald Gouldlians

  Bald Gouldians By Mike Fielder There will be few of us who have not suffered from bald gouldians from time to time. There will be even fewer of us who have not been regaled with a variety of cures and causes. Working on the breeding records of over 2,500 pairs of Gouldians, Dr Sarah Pryke, the chief scientist of Save the Gouldian Fund determined baldness is…

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Meal Mite & Meal Month Infestation.

I will discuss meal moth first because that is the biggest pain. I don’t know of anybody who has not suffered from time to time with meal moth, whose proper name is Indian Meal Moth, but also often called coddling moth or pantry moth. It comes in the food you buy from your seed merchant and can even come in food bought in your local…

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Fostering To Be Or Not To Be?

   By Mike Fidler. ECONOMICS. Many years ago, I used to have 2 teams of 400 pairs of fostering Bengalese,i.e. 800 pairs. Each pair was used to foster 3 rounds of eggs and at the end of the breeding season 200 pairs of the very best fosters were left to self rear one round of their own. The purpose of that was to produce the…

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Interesting Data.

  • Published in Science

  Gouldian Seed Choice Experiment Results 30-40% Red Panicum – Panicum millaceum 10-20% Millets (e.g. White, Japanese) – Setaria italica + Echinochia esculenta 10-20% Canary seed – Phalaris canariensis 10% Rye – Lolium multiflorum 5-10% Phalaris – Phalaris aquatica 5-10% Silk Sorghum – Sorghum vulgare 5% Signal grass – Brachiaria brizantha 5% Niger – Guizotia abyssinica Wild Gouldian Seasonal Seed Diet March through to the…

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