ולדוברי האנגלית שבינינו,
ניתן להצטרף לחוויה הלימודית בפורומים הבאים ביאהו:
Many of you at this time of the year are
busy, hopefully taking care of a lot of nests of youngsters? Is this
what we have been hoping for most of the year? Well, my people have told
me on the phone this morning that we have some eggs in the nests, but no
babies have hatched so far! We have the patience, and eventually, we
will catch up with all of you? Nevertheless, only time will tell the
good or bad results.
The following are few hints that may
help to improve success in cage bird breeding, being Gouldian Finches,
Timbrados Canaries, Colorbred Canaries and all the other types of
Canaries, all Carduelan Finches, of all species, that breed at this time
of the year, spring time and early summer. All species of birds,
including Canaries of all types, require the same care and the good
common sense in providing them with the best-created, good, comfortable
environment possible. Only in good created environmental conditions,
cage birds perform the outmost of their potentials.
As far as my concern, all Canaries
should be fed the same basic well composed dry seed diet all year round.
In my case, my Canary seed diet contains rape/canola seed and it is fed
to all the Canaries, including the Red Orange Mosaic. In my several
decades of cage birds breeding and exhibiting experiences I always feed
the birds in same way. I also do my share of winning with my Red Mosaic,
judged by expert colorbred judges in intense competitions.
Canola rape seed is an oil seed and this
nutritious seed will improve the quality and the lustrous shining of the
feathers of all cage birds, including the Red Mosaic, being Lipochrome
or of Melanin's forming feathers.
Some fanciers, especially the ones that
have just a few Canaries, claim that rape seed and chicken eggs will
alter the plumages of their Mosaics? and also for the Red Canaries. By
doing so, some of these avid fanciers do not produce any youngsters
either. They blame their failed experiences on the weather. Canaries,
especially in this country, because of the lack of availability of good
hemp seed and niger/thistle seed, taking away canola rape and also
chicken eggs from the red Mosaic and other Canary's diets will translate
in failed experience.
For many decades I have visited many
breeders all over the world that are specialized in all varieties of
Mosaic. The first thing that I look for every time that I visit someone
that breed birds is what kind of seed mixtures they feed their birds. I
always saw rape seed in their mixtures. But, as always, to each his own
doing! Personally, I have available a Canary seed mixture with no rape
seed, however, I will continue to feed all my birds, including the
Mosaic, canola rape seed!
Varieties of dark greens, many varieties
of fruits, chicken eggs, etc. contain the same enzymes of the rape seed.
I really wonder if anyone can successfully breed Mosaic Canaries without
supplementing the birds diet with the above mentioned nutritional and
essential food items.
Taking precautions in minimizing the
infestation of the ever presents avian parasites will contribute a great
deal to the success of the breeding season. Hopefully that everyone has
been spraying the birds and bird room at least every 2 weeks. When
female birds of any species begin to incubate their eggs, it is a good
idea that you gently remove the eggs out of the nest, separate the build
nest from the nest pads, Canary nesting and as well as others similar
bird's nest, sprinkle a generous amount of insecticide powder on the top
of the nest pad, you can safely use SEVIN 5, or any others safe
insecticide suitable and safe for cage birds. Reshape the nest using a
light bulb and place the eggs in the new nest, and the female Canaries
and other species, will comfortably continue incubating the eggs.
For Gouldian Finches and other nest box
breeding birds, the insecticide powder can be placed under the built
nest. By taking these precautions, all cage birds will incubate all the
eggs and for sure they will hatch and their parents will raise the
youngsters to maturity.
While females of any species of seed
eating birds are incubating their eggs, only the good dry seed mixture
and water should be fed, on the 10th day of the incubation a cool water
bath should be given every day until the young hatches, there after,
clean water for bathing should be given to the feeding parents at least
every other day. Remember to add something to bathing water, such as a
tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon of Listerine, OR a
tablespoon of Epson salt at least a couple times per month. Bathing is
very important for the health of all the breeding birds.
For better results, make the nestling
food fresh before each feeding. If any one of you that use a good well
composed nestling food, that contains eggs and other good nutrients,
preparing the nestling food is very easy. Simply mix 50% of properly
soaked seed to 50% of good dry nestling food. Simply feed this mixture
to all the feeding parents in small quantities for each feeding.
Increase the quantity for moistened food as the youngsters grow older.
Do not allow the moistened food to go sour; spoiled food will definitely
kill your birds. Every day, the feeding parents must receive a small
amount of clean, non-contaminated, fresh greens. Wild greens are the
best. At this time of the year, the dandelions, chickweeds and others
are plentiful everywhere. Be careful of contaminations though. Soak all
greens in a solution of a gallon of cold water and 2 tablespoons of
bleach, soak the greens for at least 20 minutes, then rinse under
running water, shake off the excess water, and feed it to the birds in a
small amount for each feeding.
In the next posting I will try to
include some information of what you can add to the daily nestling food
for better nourishment for all cage birds.
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Best regards to all,