ולדוברי האנגלית שבינינו,
ניתן להצטרף לחוויה הלימודית בפורומים הבאים ביאהו:
Greetings from 93 degree F, hot, humid,
muggy, New Jersey—The Garden State. The greenery in all the fields and
lawns have almost vanished and turned golden brown. Even the wild birds
seem to have vanished. What crazy weather this year! My wild sunflower
plants are about 5 to 6 inches high. In contrast from last year, at this
time of the year they were a couple feet high. The Perilla plants are
just barely emerging out of the ground. My pepper plants are barely
alive, as are the rest of my vegetable plants including the kale that we
use for our bird food. Despite the fact that we water the plants every
day, they are barely staying alive. The scorching sun is simply cooking
In the past years, my Canaries were
breeding up until the month of September. I had a hard time stopping
them from breeding. In this breeding season 2007, everything came to a
screeching halt. All the males prematurely stopped singing; the females
stopped laying eggs and even stopped building a nest. This morning I
noticed feathers all over the floor in my bird room. This means that the
molt suddenly has started.
Well, as of today, we are beginning to
break all the pairs, marking the males from the females using plastic
color bands (red for males, yellow for females). We started to remove
the separator in all the double breeding cages creating a long, modular
cage. This makes it easier for the helpers to clean and feed the birds.
Well, let's hope that better things will happen next year.
My Gouldians, however, are breeding
abundantly. I guess the heat and the excess humidity in the air don't
bother them. Every day we gather tall grasses in the seeding stage from
clean fields. After we thoroughly wash and sterilize the grasses, we
place it in all the Gouldian and Carduelan cages. All birds, at least,
are having a feast everyday with this natural bounty. Pretty soon the
chicory, the ones with the blue flowers at this time, will be ready in
the seeding stage. Everyday we will gather these and we will feed it to
all Carduelan Finches and Gouldian Canaries too. The Gouldians strip
every bit of green from the chicory plant.
In the last couple years, we have been
adding more Virgin Red Palm Oil into the soak seed, which is fed to the
Gouldian Finches, the Red Orange Ground Colorbred Canaries, and the
European Goldfinch. As a result of feeding this oil, the red mask of the
Goldfinch appears to be beautifully red and the coloration of the red
orange colorbred and Gouldians appears to be more brilliantly red
including the mask of the red head Gouldian Finches.
Red Palm Oil is expensive, but you only
need a small amount to add to the soak seed/nestling food, and in my
opinion, it is worth every bit of it. For years we have been using a
variety of unsaturated oils, of course all the oil that we blend in the
food is protected with ascorbic acid and other natural ingredients to
protect the oil and food from going rancid.
I instructed my helper in the bird room
from now on all my birds must receive a bath, at least every other day,
and when it is really hot, even every day. People shower everyday? Why
not birds? Yes, it is extra work, but we all should put the extra effort
to take better care of the birds. Every bird fancier should keep only
the number of birds that he or she will be able to give the optimum
care! The hobby of breeding and keeping caged birds should be
pleasurable and recreational and not a vehicle of stress. When you
stress yourself in taking care of your birds, the birds suffer too.
Thanks to the help of Mrs. Sharon Moore,
who gave me 2 Russian Singer (?) females, with these 2 females, I am
intending on creating a new breed of song Canaries? With the help of
Mrs. Moore, we give this new song breed the name of T-R Singers. Well,
if my legs hold my body on my feet, I will work with this new creation
of song Canaries for several years, and we will see the end result. What
do you folks think about that? Any comments?
The Spanish Timbrados early in this
season during the month of April and first week of May have produced an
abundant number of youngsters. Well, these days, even the Timbrados give
up breeding. Just like all the other Canaries, the Spanish Timbrados
males' song came to a screeching halt. We will try to take good care of
what we have so far and let's hope for a better season next year.
Sunday night I watched a program on the
CNN network. The program title was "The Poisonous Food". That was scary!
Probably many of you know about the E Coli infected spinach and other
salads and greens that killed a few people in many parts of the USA and
made hundreds and hundreds of people very sick. In my household, we grow
our own greens and vegetables. We buy very little from the stores, but
we do buy vegetables that are cooked before we eat them. Only with
boiling the vegetables will kill the E Coli bacteria. In the same
program they spoke about the E Coli found in hamburgers and other meat
products. If you notice in every package of meat that we buy, the
warning to cook well before consuming and also sterilizing your hands
after handling the dead animal/raw meat. Be very careful of cross
contamination in your refrigerator. Meat of all kinds may contaminate
the bird food that you store in the refrigerator. Humans can tolerate a
certain amount of certain bacteria, but not the delicate small caged
birds. E Coli is very difficult to eliminate from the vegetables with a
simple wash of bleach water. The health officials together with the
farmers have been working on a system of sterilization of the vegetables
and meat products using radiation?
Just be careful with the greens and raw
meat that you buy from the stores. Do everything to prevent your
delicate birds from getting poisoned with tainted greens. Rely on the
wild state; it is a lot safer than the greens that you purchase.
They say E Coli that has infected
spinach and other greens was traced to cow and pig manure. That is
scary! All over the world, many of the so-called organic farmers use cow
and other animal manure. Now that we learned that the manure is the
source of infecting the vegetables with E Coli, what can be done about
it? I hope they find a solution soon!
When a flock of birds are housed in
numbers in so-called flight cages, it is a good idea to put a tablespoon
of bleach to each gallon of bathing water. Actually the bleach will
minimize the potential of spreading disease from one bird to another.
Remember, bleach is not a cure for anything, only and I repeat, it
minimizing the spreading of disease from one bird to another. Separate
sick birds from the flock. If we keep the birds in a fairly dry, well
ventilated environment coupled with a good sensible, clean seed diet,
the potential of getting the birds sick is very minimal. Feeding a
regime of junk with good intention to do well for the birds may be
detrimental to their health.
After I have seen all the filthy, and I
mean filthy, bird rooms I was thinking to begin to be filthy myself, but
Rosa, my chief helper, she will not have part of a dirty bird room. I
became convinced that with birds you have to be extremely fanatically
clean or extremely filthy to be successful. There is no mid ground. We
cannot be just a little filthy. Just take a look at those photos of some
of the people that I visited in Europe. The filthiest ones were the most
successful of all. I will continue to be extremely clean and I will hope
for better breeding success next breeding season. At this time we are
pressure washing and sterilizing all the cages with very hot water.
Well, birds look much better in a clean cage.
This is all for now. Please do your
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Best regards to all,