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,
When I can obtain it, RWP Mix with 19 different seeds;
Wild carrot seed
Rape seedIf 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
MY SOFT FOOD MIX
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.
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
All above are put through a food processor
Frozen Sweetcorn defrosted and added
Dried Hedgerow Herds (Dodson & Horell)
Versele Laga Classic Egg Food Moist
Finely ground Hemp Seed
Crushed Dried Mealworms
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..
The drinkers are washed and disinfected every three days when I also change the contents as detailed below;
NATURAL 100% ORANGE JUICE
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).
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.