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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Finch Seed Recipes.

  Maintenance diet: 20% Red panicum 15% French white millet 10% Siberian millet 10% Japanese millet 15% Canary seed 10% Rye grass seed 10% Silk sorghum 5% Signal grass 5% Niger seed (test sprout – dead seed is pretty useless) Herb seed mix: 5% Rye grass seed 15% Phalaris grass seed 15% White lettuce seed 15% Black lettuce seed 10% Blue poppy seed 10% Rape…

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Sample Annual Finch Plan [Australia].

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January:- Breeding diet. February:- Breeding diet. March:- Breeding diet. April 1st to 16th:- Austerity diet [to push them into moult]. May:- Maintenance seed diet + 2.5mg of supplement per bird. June:- Maintenance seed diet + 2.0mg of supplement per bird. July:- Maintenance seed diet + 1.0mg of supplement diet. August:- Austerity diet. September:- Breeding diet. October:- Breeding diet. November:- Breeding diet. December:- Breeding diet. Austerity…

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Introducing New Food

By Mike Fidler As time goes by, our knowledge of avian nutrition improves and with the improvement in diet comes better breeding results and better health, but getting your birds to accept an improved diet can sometimes be quite an effort. Many birds are highly conservative and are reluctant to accept a new food type or source, with some species being much more reluctant than…

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Naturally for Birds.

NATURALLY for BIRDS by Mike Fidler. Using both the wild and captive research, a range of supplements has been formulated to match the natural biorhythms of wild Australian seed eaters. When added to a traditional diet, the scientific trials showed significant results in improving general health and well-being of birds, as well as increasing fertility, breeding success, nestling and juvenile growth rates and survival, as…

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Tips – Growing Microgreens

Introduction to Growing Microgreens for your Finches By Gregory Parker What is a finch diet? The answer to this question needs a lot more study. Observation and logic tells us that finches in the wild would eat a wide variety of foods to balance their nutritional requirements. Seasonal availability also dictates the types of foods consumed. Science has assisted with many studies published via the…

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