An insect light trap

    An insect light trap – an additional source of livefood for your birds. by David Holmes, NSW Today we have numerous types of live food available to feed our birds. Termites, Mealworms, Bush Fly Maggots and Flies and Crickets to name the more popular ones available.  For some species even these insects may not fulfil their diverse nutritional requirements. There is, however, another…

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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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INNOVATIONS IN BREEDING A CHALLENGING AUSTRALIAN FINCH

RED BROWED FINCH    Neochmia temporalis Victor  Boorman Australia INTRODUCTION The Red Browed finch, Neochmia temporalis, is one of the most common native finches inhabiting the Australian east coast from Victoria in the south northwards to the tropics of north Queensland. This finch has adapted to live in urban areas and sometimes seen in parks and gardens, usually near a creek or some form of…

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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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FITGRIT and ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

Naturally For Birds Information Update 8                                                       By Gary Fitt, BrisbaneA complete and balanced diet for seed-eating cage birds comprises a range of staple items – dry seeds, half ripe seeding grasses,sprouted seeds, water and various types of greens, plus…

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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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