Richard's seed mix which I also use is -
- Foreign finch - 15Kg
- Panicum - 3kg
- Japanese millet - 3kg
- Red millet - 3kg
- Plain canary - 2kg – Niger
Grit and grated cuttlefish is always available and vitamins are supplied
Thawed frozen livefood is given daily in the form of buffalo worms and Pinkies.
Thawed in water
so they appear clean & juicy.
Some pairs eat very little, some eat Buffaloes but not Pinkies. Others can't get enough.
But, preference can change dramatically when feeding chicks!!
Sample of 1.
The pair that bred never ate Pinkies beforehand, not much buffalo, hardly any Cede. So mainly seed.
With chicks, Pinkies seemed to be their main food for the chicks. At day 8 they started
eating buffaloes, but still little eggfood.
Eggfood availability varies, depending on what the birds are up to ie breeding or resting. Am not sure
composition matters but I add diced chicory just for some 'greens'.
I now use a rearing mix based on that used by the very successful Paul de Nil.
Paul de Nil's rearing food
Paul de Nil is one of Belgium's most successful Waxbill breeders. He attributes much of his
success to his rearing food.
He makes his in the most cost-effective manner starting with white bread and eggs.
Although a little more expensive, it is even easier to start with your normal, eggfood.
The weights of eggfood given are basd on dry Cede™.
If you use a pre-moistened eggfood it is a bit denser.
Perhaps increase the weight of pre-moistened eggfood added by say 20%.
In reality, it probably doesn't matter at all.
Making the eggfood
Mix vitamins, charcoal and Pinkies with eggfood (plus pollen powder? see below).
Then add eggfood (with mixed vitamins, charcoal & Pinkies) to drained, boiled seed and mix thoroughly
Seal entire mix in plastic container(s) or sealed plastic bag(s) and freeze.
Take as much as you need for a week at a time and thaw.
Only experience will allow you to judge how much to thaw.
Thawed mix can be kept in the fridge and used for up to a week as required.
The seed in the eggfood mix
If you have several different types of bird then mix the seed accordingly.
If you have Bullfinches which consume twice the amount of their seed than your foreign finches then mix
two parts of your Bullfinch mix to one part of your foreign finch mix
If you have kept the shells of two hens eggs eaten recently you can bake or microwave them.
Then crumble and add to the mix.
If grit and cuttlefish is always readily available for your birds this isn't necessary.
Adding 'lead' to the cock's pencil
Add the following to the above mix to bring cocks into condition. DO NOT use once
laying has commenced.
Pollen - powdered - (from health food shops)
(UK mail order supplier -
1 level teaspoon
How often to use the mix?
Initially use rearing food. with pollen included. once a week. Then use twice a week to bring
birds into condition.
This could take
perhaps about 6 weeks.
STOP using for each pair as soon as eggs appear.
For these birds use rearing food, without the pollen, daily.
Give daily to youngsters until they moult.
Paul de Nil recommends administering the rearing food once a day at 5pm.
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