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 or 50/50 Budgie Mix which consists of,
Canary SeedWhite Millet
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 British Finch Mix which I give as with the RWP
Heathseed Mix (Carrot, Radish, Cress, Grass, Spinach,
Turnip, Onion, Blue Maw, Rapeseed, Perilla Brown, Red & White
Red Millet, Linseed
Golden Pleasure Seed,
The WRP Mix or Finch Mix, Parakeet & Cockatiel Mix and Tonic Seed Mix are mixed together at a rate of 1:2:1 and approximately ½ cup is added to the daily soft food mix
A dish containing the above mix is also given daily in the flight
I also provide soaked or dry naked oats daily with soaked seed given occasionally
Good quality Red or White millet sprays are given on an 'ad-hoc' basis
SOFT FOOD MIX
Fresh Greens (kale or spring green)
All above are put through a food processor
Frozen Sweetcorn defrosted and added
Perle Morbine (soaked)
Dried Hedgerow Herds (Dodson & Horell)
Versele Laga Classic Egg Food (Moist}
Himalayan Rock Salt (through grinder)
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 occasionally 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
Vydex Entrodex Health Supplement is a probiotic containing guaranteed viable friendly bacteria. At 4.5 billion viable cells of enterococcus faecium per gramme
It enhances the birds dietary energy intake and strength. This formula of vitamins A, D and B complex, electrolytes and carbohydrates comes in an easy-to-administer, soluble form.
Excellent source of Enterococcus Faecium, Trace Minerals and Vitamins for Animals and Birds.
Add one teaspoon (5g) to one litre of fresh, clean drinking water. Alternatively, add one teaspoon per 500g of moistened food.
Vydex Carbosol Health Supplement is a soluble, slow release energy booster, ideal for equine, avian and canine use in the days preceding a race, or at times of high energy demand.
Carbosol is a premium carbohydrate loading soluble, an energy booster with added benefits from the inclusion of Creatine and Carnitine.
I add 10g per litre of drinking water during showing, breeding, moulting and sickness.
Ascorbitive Vitamin C Health Supplement is a
concentrated dietary booster. It is specifically designed to enhance
the daily nutritional intake of your bird in a convenient,
easy-to-administer, soluble form.
It can be used to good effect on its own, or complemented by Vydex Entrodex nutritional supplement.
Ingredients (per kilogram):
– BP grade Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 120,000 mg
– Dextrose Monohydrate; orange flavor
– No artificial coloring, antioxidants or preservatives
Add 5g (one teaspoon) to 1L of fresh, clean drinking water. Alternatively, add 5g to 450g of moistened food.