Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Keep Your Eyes on the Birds

What a Difference a Day Makes

Yesterday, I was reminded of how important it is to continuously observe your birds. After starting them on the Vi-tal poultry vitamins, I noticed significant changes in just 24 hours!!

The feathering was much tighter giving the appearance of being painted on their body rather than being held loose. The birds were very high spirited and much more active. Their song was loud and boisterous and starting to sound like a breeding-ready cocks!

When my German rollers are training for song competition, I can even hear slight differences in sound quality from their feeding the previous 24 hours. The best quality sound comes when they are fed more rape than canary seed, some white bread, and given distilled water to drink. Any greens, song food, bee pollen or even calcium or tap water is detrimental to sound quality for serious competition! Although the best diet for sound during the brief show season, it is not the best diet for breeding etc.

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