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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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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Virkon S.

Naturally for Birds Information Update 6: Gary Fitt Brisbane. VIRKON S – EFFECTIVE WATER TREATMENT FOR SEED SPROUTING Naturally for Birds is proud to now be a distributor of Virkon™ S, one of the most effective disinfectants available for use in animal production systems worldwide. With powerful, proven performance against over 500 strains of viruses, bacteria and fungi, Virkon™ S is selected by governments worldwide…

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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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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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