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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Stress Free Selling boxes.

By Russell Kingston Through NFSA (National Finch and Softbill Association) we have continued to focus on the welfare of our birds in all settings, particularly at sales. One valuable innovation here relates to the production of Corflute “selling boxes”, which significantly reduce the stress on our birds. Personally, I think these are great and I have to stress that they were not my invention. They remind…

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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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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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Naturally For Birds High Protein Cake.

Minimise or eliminate the need for live food Adding MICRO NUTRIENTS boosts colour, fertility and the immune system 150 gm sweet Potato 150 gm beetroot Chop in Thermomix [blender] bowl Then add all the following to the bowl: 10 eggs in shell 350 gm  molasses or black treacle 100 gm NFB PROTEIN BOOST 100 gm  sorghum flour 50 gm coconut flour 50 gm pea Flour…

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Back to Basics 1

Live food and supplements Part 1 Gary Fitt, Brisbane Nutrition is perhaps the most important component of successful finch breeding. At least it is the main area we, the aviculturist, can make a big difference by providing a appropriate, diverse and balanced diet. In earlier instalments of Back to Basics we have covered some aspects of nutrition through the basic seeds we provide either as…

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Back to Basics 2

Live food and supplements Part 2 Gary Fitt, Brisbane We owe it to our birds to provide the best possible range and quality of nutrition. This includes the basic staple items such as dry seeds, half ripe seeding grasses, sprouted seeds, water and various types of greens, plus an assortment of supplements that collectively provide a complete and balanced diet to support successful breeding. In…

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