Food Recipes

  SEED MIXES, SUPPLEMENT RECIPES, SOFTBILL DIETS 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] 63% SPROUTED FINCH MIX ADDED DRY 20% COCKSFOOT GRASS SEED   5% LETTUCE [BLACK OR WHITE] 10% NFB PRIMA 2% NFB MICRO NUTRIENT FOR…

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Understanding Breeding Condition.

 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 Gouldlians

  Bald Gouldians By Mike Fielder 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…

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Introducing New Food to your Birds .

The importance of position effects. Gary Fitt, Brisbane. Whenever we introduce new foods to our birds it can take time for some species to sample the new item and become familiar with its taste and texture. Some species readily accept anything new; Parrot finches or canaries are good examples, but many species are more finicky and take time to adapt. In an earlier article on…

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Russian Comfrey and Micro-Nutrients.

 Valuable therapeutic plants materials for your birds. Gary Fitt, Brisbane. When I was young and just getting into birds (around ten years old) I vividly remember visiting an old bird breeder a few streets away. It was a fascinating place and Norm had cages and aviaries everywhere with many different birds, but canaries were his speciality. He had the system for cabinet breeding well worked…

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Meal Mite & Meal Month 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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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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