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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Bug Catcher.

Today we have numerous types of live food available to feed our birds. Termites, Meal Worms, Bush Fly Maggots and Crickets to name the more popular ones available.  At times even these may not full fill all certain birds requirements. There is another live food source that is freely available if you have the equipment. They are the numerous Moths and Bugs living in our…

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Gouldian Show Standards

  • Published in Science

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.

  • Published in Science

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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Understanding Breeding Condition.

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 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 Gouldians

Bald Gouldians By Mike Fidler 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 hereditary…

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Meal Mite & Meal Moth 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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