Friday, August 29, 2014
Boost 250 made by doghealth in the UK is the best vitamin product for this time of year when we are preparing our birds for show. I use it daily and immediately you will notice a tightening of feathers! It is a superb formula of the basic vitamins without extra amino acids. If you are unable to obtain this product you could try vionate dog vitamins.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
|Note the smooth rounded tip which makes the cutter easy to use even when the leg is quite swollen.
Aluminum and plastic leg rings occasionally prevent venous blood return from the distal limb of small birds. Edema (swelling) and necrosis (to the extent of losing the foot) quickly follows unless the ring is removed. Removal of the ring or band without fracturing is not easy without this special cutting tool.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
The texture of the top of the beak looks wrinkled and abnormal so I am going to put some Biodecken fungicide liquid and salve on it.
Friday, August 15, 2014
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Sunday, August 10, 2014
So what's his problem:
1. Firstly, the winner is in a very heavy molt where the other three have nearly finished the molt. The faster the molt the worse confirmation overall.
But why is it lagging behind the other three? The reason is he was a late hatch and I imagine it is a male. Seems the females have better confirmation even during the molt. Late hatches molt heavier in attempt to catch up but does that ever make them ugly.
2. Observing him carefully, he is not stressed by the other rather he is first to nibble the millet swing and often seen in the swing and playing on the Canary Ferris Wheel. Normally I initially house birds of the same age together, but he was a lone chick in a late nest.
3, If he were tubular and not molting heavy, I would make sure the vitamin E level had been dropped as males especially loose their confirmation and look tubular when they are coming into full breeding condition,
4. So I need to relax and not panic and just be patient and continue him on Boost 250 and liquid B vitamins in the water, sunflower chips added to his seed mix, some Blattner's finch seed mix at least once a week and unlimited millet sprays and greens.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Feather length is genetic and a result of our feather pairing but a bird carrying its tail wide is a warning sign that the birds health is not up to par and we need to tweak its diet and nutrition. A wide tail is not just a little wide but really fanned out. Ignoring wide tails eventually leads to breeding failure and ultimately neurological problems and death.
First, I like to check its weight and make sure it is not too thin. Either get some weight on it or trouble stands ahead.
Second, if it can stand some weight add sunflower chips (pieces) to its seed mix. They are great for weight gain and a good natural source of B vitamins. I also add extra B vitamins to their water. I use the World Organic Liquid B brand.
Third, drop the protein level of the food as too much protein contributes to weight loss and seems to upset Borders system and continued feeding of high protein diets leads to neurological problems. Offer dry nestling food and oats.
During pre-show season, use Boost 250 (dog vitamins from UK) in the water in addition to extra B vitamins. This is the best vitamin product during the pre-show season to tighten feathers, pip tails and bring excellent head and body confirmation.
If wide tails are seen during breeding season, I use either BioDecken or Orlux vitamins and conditioning products with extra B vitamins.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Just checked this evening and it is being fed!
UPDATE TEN DAYS LATER: