Feeding refinedGetting the diet right
If my mentor and close friend Bill Nelson of Burnley was still alive my task would have been easy. For in my opinion there was nothing that man did not know about birds nutrition.
We spent hours talking birds, and it really saddens me we did not live closer. My visits to Bill’s was my treat to myself but due to work commitments my visits were not often enough.
Everyone has there own views on what to feed your birds. For me if you want to be successful then you have give your birds a good varied balanced diet. There are many products available to enhance your bird’s diet.
After l decided to come back into the hobby l began reading and searching for any articles relating to budgerigar diets.
Although l have not used flaxseed oil for a good number of months l still use oil in my seed mix but its called ZIMTOL Cinnamon oil. I found this product on a pigeon website but thought l give it a try and l am pleased with the results the dosage has been reduce to a cap full per 5 Kg of seed. Zimtol is only given during the winter months, l use a Wheatgerm oil blend fortified with vitimin A and D the remaining time.
I use Country Wide seed to which l add groats, sunflower hearts and chopped peanuts, oil is then added and will be used within the week.
The main ingredient of the softfood is sweetcorn brought from the local Aldi store from the freezer section. Carrot and any green peelings from our dinner vegetables are put through the food processor sometimes l will add a couple of boiled eggs including the shell and put into suitable pots and put in the freezer.
Placing the sweetcorn and my frozen vegetables into a microwaveable container and then defrosted to this l add and porridge oats a Soya flour thoroughly mixed then 1 tea spoon of hemp powder and bee pollen are added.
This is done daily and given to all my birds being a small stud when completely mixed it fills a plastic container the type you get from when you have a Chinese takeaway. The breeding pairs get a good share and the young birds in the nursery flight devour the mixture.