Seed mix

My first mix, recommended by Richard Prosser -
  • 15kg – Foreign finch
  •   3kg – Panicum
  •   3kg – Japanese millet
  •   3kg – Red millet
  •   3kg – Plain canary
  •   2kg – Niger
As the Blue-capped wasted a lot of this by sweeping through it seeking what they liked.
I changed to Probird's African Waxbill Mix.

This was a Belgium mix of 11 seeds which worked much better.   Unfortunately, the compositioin wasn't revealed, and Probird closed.

Changing to this mix of smaller seeds virtually stopped seed scattering, reducing wastage and cost.   So, try different mixes using smaller seeds.

Minerals and livefood

Grit is always available.   Grated cuttlefish is no longer given as calcium and vitamins are now in the eggfood mix.

Thawed frozen buffalo worms and Pinkies are given several days a week.   Pinkies (fly maggots) are usually more 'popular'.

Too much livefood to pairs without chicks can induce 'battery-hen syndrome' (described below).
UK frozen livefood mail order supplier - www.priorspetproducts)

For successful parent rearing, the balance of protein obtained from the rearing food and livefood must be just right.

Only experience can help here.

Too much protein/ livefood and the over-stimulated cock ejects the chicks, wanting to breed again.

Paul de Nil's rearing food

Paul de Nil is one of Belgium's most successful Waxbill breeders.   He attributes much of his success to his rearing food.

Blue-capped Waxbills generally like his mix but some just pick out the Pinkies and eat little of
the eggfood.   Others can't get enough.

Below is the lazy man's guide to making this eggfood.
Probird's Waxbill Mix

Item

Weight

Volume


your normal dry, seed mix (volume based on foreign finch mix I use)
2Kg
3 litres/ 5 pints

boil seed (with 2 crumbled eggshells?) in tap water for 5 to 6 min's then rinse
thoroughly in cold tapwater, and drain
add your normal eggfood - (my weight based on Gold Label Feast™ - BirdCare Co. .)
1.25Kg
2.5 litres/ 4 pints

vitamins - ie Daily Essentials 3 - ( BirdCare Co..)
8gm
1 heaped tablespoon

add Calcivet™ powder - ( BirdCare Co.)
25gm
5 heaped teaspoons

granulated charcoal
20gm
3 tablespoons

probiotic - Bioplus™ - ( BirdCare Co.)
    -
6 teaspoons

frozen Pinkies (fly maggots) & buffalo worms (50:50) - 4% of weight of above mix
120gm
spacer -

Summary

To well drained seed, add eggfood with vitamins, Calcivet™, probiotic and charcoal.   The addition, and use of pollen, is discussed on the next page which deals with 'condition'.

Stir/ mix - thoroughly.

Then add and stir in frozen livefood (ie Pinkies and buffalo worms).

Seal entire mix in several, fairly small, plastic bags and freeze.

Take sufficient for 3 or 4 days at a time and thaw. Only experience will allow you to judge how much to thaw.   Freeze mix in several plastic bags, each as a thin layer (1 - 1.5 cm/ half inch),
Probird's Waxbill Mix
Then just break a suitably sized piece off to thaw.

Thawed mix apparently can be kept in the fridge and used for up to a week as required (4 days maximum is probably safer).

The next page deals with more on feeding and - conditioning - Blue-capped Waxbills.
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