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Old 05-05-2015, 04:49 PM
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Jo Ann (Jo Ann)
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We provide mung bean sprouts daily with soft food consisting of whole grain bread froxen/fresh peas corn carrots an broccoli or other veggies we have on hand. Carrot greens/celantro /parsley /spinach/kale/ romain are also good to use as you have them for your meals. We give them corn bread as a treat in the soft food and top it off with fresh hard boiled eggs/ or Quiko prepared egg food. then we top off with Soluvite D breeder which includes probiotics and is packed with more nutreients Than Soluvite D which is perfect for people who are not involved with strong breeder program. As needed We alternate ACV for several days/ Electrolyte in times of stress or illness/travel to shows includes probiotics because we hold on the soft food and too many greens to keep droppings tight. So have a feeder available always with standard seed pellet mix every day and then a tablespoon+_ per each bird of your soft food. We also have side dishes with treats dry alfalfa greens and garden salad greens with flower parts/stems etc. of some of the common herbs. purchased from ladygouldianfinch in 1 lb pkg. You should probably start with 1/2 lb to keep it fresh. We also add bee pollen and powdered clay for extra minerals needed in small amounts, which are dusted on soft food and dry greens. We keep manu rose/ cuttlebone/ which you can microwave to guard against contaminants/ Iodine brown salt wheel with other minerals as well/ and there are mineral blocks as well to choose from for the budgies to sample at will. In the evening We give millet spray as a treat after all the standard food has been available earlier in the day. Just for fun We keep a container of special finch seeds with all those oil seed we give in small doses as a special treat.

Breeding families have a constant supply of millet spray in nest box and for papa in the main breeding cage this is easily digested and supplements the soft food that is the basis of the crop milk the hen produced for the very young chicks. We provide 2 to 3 servings of fresh food daily to be sure the hen has plenty to make the more liquid crop milk for the youngest. Yes we do spoil our parents and chicks with the soft food to keep them healthy with plenty of nutrients to grow, especially, calcium. Which is provided in the drinking water as well as cuttlebone/ manu rose etc. As the calcium can be quickly drained from the parents as they feed the chicks. We like to see our parents add some weight just before they go to breeding box so they loose less weight as they feed the chicks. There is always gravity feed seed pellet combo containers 24/7 for all our birds to sample at will. A small flock should be able to balance food intake as long as they have large flight cage/ free flight time for exercise. There are at least one some times 2 foraging stations /swings etc so each budgie has activity toys to keep their minds active and their beaks busy between naps. and flights around the enclosure. With a small flock you just pick and choose what works for you.

Blessings, Jo Ann
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