Holt Park Budgerigars

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GENERAL FEEDING


I feel that it is paramount for the birds health and wellbeing for them to have as varied a diet as possible, below are the dietary elements of my feeding regime.

 

MY BASIC SEED MIX


The basic mix I use is Country Wide Special Budgie Mix which consists of,

White Millet
Canary Seed
Red Millet
Naked Oats
When I can obtain it, RWP Mix with 19 different seeds;
White millet
Japanese millt
Red dari
White dari
Red millet
Sunflower hearts
Vam pellets
Grass seed
Yellow millet
Garden cress
Wild carrot seed
Radish seed
Clover seed
Spinach seed
Poppy seed
Niger seed
Brown perilla
Onion seed
Rape seed

If I can't get RWP Mix I use Country Wide Tonic Seed which I give as with the RWP, a 10 ml scoop daily to each dish of softfood.

I also provide soaked or dry naked oats daily with soaked seed given occasionally.




Good quality millet sprays both Red and White are given on an 'ad-hoc' basis

Each cage has its own 'feeding station' now with stainless steel dishes; one each for for  grit,  soaked seed/oats and the general seed mix..

 
This station has the original plastic type dishes which have now been replaced with stainless steel
 

MY SOFT FOOD MIX

 

I have always been of the opinion that budgerigars are in general seed eaters and therefore I didn’t give many supplements or additives and even the amount of softfood which I give in the form of ‘pobs’ and vegetables I limited. I have however changed my philosphy and the birds are fed softood and veggetables with additives daily. I have started a 'trickle' feed system where the pairs with chicks are fed the softfood/veg mix up to four times daily.


'POBS'

 

The name ‘pobs’ I believe was derived from the mixing of pieces of bread soaked in milk and I recall these being given to puppies as a supplement to their mothers milk and also given when the pups are being  weaned. As budgerigars are lactose intolerant my ‘pobs’ are made using Cow  and Gate 'Infasoy' baby formula.

 

Ingredients of Infasoy


Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oils, Soya Protein*, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Hydrogen Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin C , Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin)*, L-Tryptophan, Taurine, L-Methionine, Inositol ,Iron Sulphate , L-Carnitine, Zinc Sulphate, Sodium Chloride, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin E, Riboflavin, Beta-Carotene, VItamin D, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Copper Sulphate, Manganese Sulphate, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin K, Sodium Selenite, Contains: *Soya


A small scoop comes with the 'Infasoy' and one scoop of this is well mixed with 30ml of warm water.


For a base I use a pot and half of breadcrumbs made from the Soya and Linseed 'Burgen' Bread with 2 scoops of crushed dried Mealworms. The mix is fed daily in clean finger drawers.




'POBS' in finger drawers ready for feeding


These are given daily


My vegetable softfood mix consists of;
 

Carrots

Brocolli

Fresh Greens

All above are put through a food processor

Frozen Sweetcorn defrosted and added

Dried Hedgerow Herds (Dodson & Horell)

Versele Laga Classic Egg Food Moist

Thrive-On

Crushed Weetabix

Finely ground Hemp Seed

Porridge Oats

Crushed Dried Mealworms

Soaked or Dry Naked Oats are added before the mix is given to the birds
 

FONIOPADDY


A natural grass seed, Foniopaddy is grown in plantations in Uganda, it is claimed the seed gives a natural, non-chemical treatment and preventative against coccidiosis which can cause a range of problems for birds including diarrhoea, weight loss, poor appetitive, prolonged illness and death in the young. 

 

This is fed as an addition in the softfood mix..


 



FLAKED WHEATGERM


At every Monday evening feed a pinch between finger and thumb of Flaked Wheatgerm which is a natural source of vitamin E and Folic Acid is sprinkled on top of each dish of the softfood/vegetqable mix..

WATER, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV). MANUKA HONEY,
VANODINE V18 & SOLUVITE 'D'


 The drinkers are washed and disinfected every three days when I also change the contents as detailed below;

TAP WATER

I live in an area where the water is very highly Chlorinated and therefore I allow the water from the tap to stand in an open top container for three days to allow any chemicals in the water to dissipate to the atmoshere.

Plain water is given every three days for three days between changes and the drinkers are topped up as necessary.

 NATURAL 100% ORANGE JUICE


I have been trying out a solution of water and 100% Natural Orange Juice.


It seems to be going okay with the birds readily taking this.


The dilution rate I am using is 10ml per litre.
 
 




APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV)


Apple Cider Vinegar I believe alters the ph of the crop and will combat yeast and becterial growth in the crop which leads to a condition known as ‘sour crop’. It also acts as a mild disinfectant in low dosage.

 

I use it at a dilution rate of 30ml to 3 litres of plain water (6 pint milk carton).



 


VANODINE V18


When I was first in the hobby over 40 years ago Vanodine V18 Iodine Complex Disinfectant was used extensively as there were few safe alternatives available.

It will kill avian flu, tuberculosis, egg drop pathogen, viruses, bacteria and fungus on contact and also eliminates Salmonella, Fowl Cholera, E.Coli. Vanodine can also be used to clean soiled surfaces.


The dilution rate I use is to make the solution is as I was told over 40 years ago by a well known breeder of that time 'Phil Keep' - to make it the colour of weak 'pee'. I use a 3 litre (6 pint milk carton) and shake this well.


 
MANUKA HONEY

Since reading about the natural antibiotic properties of Manuka Honey I have been using it in the drinking water every 18 days (6 water changes)  There are also some breeders who say that the use of the Manuka Honey makes the cock birds significantly more amorous.

The method of making up the solution is one heaped teaspoon of Manuka Honey melted in a small amount of hot water then added to 3 litres of plain water (6 pint milk carton). which has been left for 3 days for any chemicals to dissipate and shaken well.
 


SOLUVITE 'D'


This is a powdered vitamin supplement with increased D3 for use in water or added to foods

It contains all 12 essential vitamins that are required for a balanced diet in birds as well as an increase level of vitamin D3 to support birds that have insufficient access to natural sunlight.

Vitamin D3 is a particularly important nutrient that birds housed indoors may lack and which can lead to poor breeding success and chick growth, inadequate calcium absorption and many other problems.

ADDITIONAL

Grit
Cuttlefish
Home made Iodine blocks
Murphy's Minerals
Versele Laga Columbine Vita Vitamins & Minerals

are all available to the birds at all times.

A large block of Himalayan Rock Salt is placed in the flight and available to the birds in the flight at all times.