ולדוברי האנגלית שבינינו,
ניתן להצטרף לחוויה הלימודית בפורומים הבאים ביאהו:
Well, friends it
looks like I have a few more minutes of spare time to
hopefully share some additional helpful information about caged birds.
Every year I plant a tremendous amount of Marigold seed and plants.
This year, the Marigold flowers have been so plentiful that I produced
enough to save them for the winter. Perhaps many of you know that some
chicken producing companies feed their flock with nutritional food with
the addition of Marigold flowers in order to achieve a rich, yellowish,
egg yolk and better color of the poultry meat. An associate of a
chicken farm establishment gave this information to me.
I have been adding Marigold flowers to my bird food for several years
now and I have achieved optimum coloration of my yellow Canaries such as
Timbrados, Yellow, Colorbred, etc. I think that the Marigolds have been
the contributing factor in achieving such bright yellow plumage in all
of my birds. I train my Gouldians to eat Marigold flowers and gosh the
color of my Gouldians are beautiful, the yellow is so bright they look
like they have been painted with a brush. I have achieved optimum
coloration of yellow in the wings of my European Goldfinches by feeding
them Marigold flowers.
Canaries accept Marigold flowers very easily. However, Gouldian
Finches, European Finches, and many other Finches took a while to induce
them to eat the Marigold flowers. All species of birds freely accept
properly soaked seed. What I have done after soaking the seed using the
proper method, I rinse them thoroughly and shake the excess water. I
place in a blender several heads of Marigold flowers and add the
necessary amount of good dry nestling food to the blender, I lightly
blend the ingredients together, then I mix 50% of this mixture with 50%
of soak seed. It is a pleasure watching the Gouldians and Carduelans
including European Finches, Green Singing Finches, and others devour
Marigold flowers not only enhance the color of the plumage but also as a
beneficial anti-bacterial action. Marigolds also have a powerful
anti-inflammatory agent, it is capable of reducing internal
inflammation, it also will aide in the prevention of the growth of yeast
in the digestive system. For a long time humans have used Marigolds and
in Europe even in these days Marigolds are used in numerous medical
compounds and also in cosmetics to enhance and protect the human skin.
Some claim that remedies made from Marigolds aide in the prevention of
wrinkles on the face.
My mother once told me that her mother several decades ago used an
ointment combined and derived from Marigold flowers to treat and prevent
diaper rash. Also, to treat sunburn and insect bites. Marigolds are
wonder flowers used in many concoctions of medication. I can tell you
one thing, Marigolds are good for humans as well as birds.
Thanks to the use of Marigolds in my bird food, this year I produced
some gorgeous, healthy, bright yellow colored Timbrados. Their plumage
glows with beauty. AA18 2002 looks like he is going to make another
breeding season for me. He is healthy and colorful and is just
finishing his molt. This year everybody is looking for Timbrados
Canaries. Timbrados are not only beautiful looking Canaries; they are
also very easy to produce. This year I experienced several nests of six
youngsters successfully raised by the faithful Timbrados parents.
My Gouldian Finches just like my Carduelan Finches and all the Canaries
are enjoying and devouring the Bella di Notte (Mirabilis Jalapa) in the
milky stage. This plant is plentiful practically everywhere in New
Jersey and I would assume in other parts of the country. Every year I
have a problem protecting the seed of the Bella di Notte and Perilla
from the Goldfinches. This year no American Goldfinches or any other
wild birds have attacked my fields, but the bloody Sparrow have learned
to eat the small wild sunflower seeds, the Perilla, and Bella di Notte.
Thank God there is not that many Sparrows around, otherwise I would lose
my yearly production of the above seeds that are very essential to
compose my bird food. Sparrows can be scared very easily. I bought
several plastic owls (for a scarecrow like effect), I placed them in the
fields and the Sparrows ran with their tails between their legs.
I would like to know from fellow fanciers in other states if you see the
Bella di Notte growing wild in your neck of the woods. If you don't
know what Bella di Notte looks like you can see the photo of the same by
visiting the Abba web site @ www.abbaseed.com <http://www.abbaseed.com/>
and clicking on photo album. Please post information in this group if
you see the Bella di Notte and all the other seeding grasses and weeds
that are shown in the Photo Album.
Well I hope that everyone is enjoying the exhibition season. I urge
everyone to support all the exhibitions and be part of bird clubs,
participate and support in all the events. By doing so, you will
enhance the learning process. This is all for now.
If you are not a member of the following groups, please join and be part
of the learning experience.
G.A. Abbate in sunny, cool New Jersey—The Garden State