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ניסיון אמיתי בגידול ציפורים ועצות מועילות לגידול 26/6/07

תרגם ברשות תומר ג. ©

True experience with birds Helpful hints about caged birds 6/26/07

by G.A. Abbate Ph.D.©

yטרם תורגם

ולדוברי האנגלית שבינינו, ניתן להצטרף לחוויה הלימודית בפורומים הבאים ביאהו:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ABBASEEDBIRDSQANDA/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/COM_USA/?yguid=47202339
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ColorbredCanaries101Genetics/?yguid=47202339
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EuropeanGoldFinch/?yguid=47202339
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GPA101911/?yguid=47202339
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/timbrado/?yguid=47202339
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NFSS/?yguid=47202339

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 the plants.

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 share of posting and do something nice for your fellow fancier.

If you are not a member of the following groups, please join and be part of the learning experience.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ABBASEEDBIRDSQANDA/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/COM_USA/?yguid=47202339
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ColorbredCanaries101Genetics/?yguid=472023\
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EuropeanGoldFinch/?yguid=47202339
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GPA101911/?yguid=47202339
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NFSS/?yguid=47202339
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/timbrado/?yguid=47202339

Best regards to all,

G.A. Abbate
 

 

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