Insectivore Rearing Mix

Healthy Bird, PO Box 225, Willaston.  S.A.  5118
Ph. 04 1984 9192        ABN 54 112 618 417

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INSECTIVORE REARING MIX

A complete food for rearing or supplementing insectivorous or carnivorous birds that use protein as the major source of energy. This includes raptors, sea birds, waders, kingfishers, magpies and wrens.

This food contains additional levels of the essential nutrients lysine, methionine, arginine, EPA, DHA and a-linolenic acid. If unopened, or opened and correctly resealed, the powder remains stable for up to 18 months if stored below 30o C and protected from moisture.

Available in 250g, 1kg and 5kg packs

TO FEED AS A SUPPLEMENT

Mix 2 teaspoons of Insectivore Rearing Mix with 10g of ground mince meat or fish. It may be necessary to moisten this preparation with a little water. To supplement whole animal eaters like sea birds and raptors stuff the fish, mice or day old chicks, with 1 teaspoon of Insectivore Rearing Mix.

TO FEED AS A SOFT-BILL FOOD

Add 1 teaspoon of breadcrumbs to one mashed hard-boiled egg. Mix well then add 5 teaspoons of Insectivore Rearing Mix and gently turn into a crumbly mass. Many canary, finch and parrot breeders offer this soft food mix to their nesting birds. Prepare fresh daily

To feed young pardalotes and honeyeaters mix equal parts of Insectivore Rearing Mix and Lorikeet and Honeyeater Food. Slowly add water and stir to make a thick paste. Use a 2ml syringe to extrude the paste into lengths of about 3mm and feed to the bird with forceps. Prepare fresh daily

TO FEED AS PELLETS

Mix about 3 teaspoons of water to 2 teaspoons of Insectivore Rearing Mix. Slowly add the water and mix to a putty like consistency. Brake small pieces from the prepared mix and roll into pellets for feeding. This mixture is essentially a "dry" food so birds should be offered water with the pellets.

TO FEED USING A SPOON OR SYRINGE AND TUBE

Add 6 teaspoons of hot water to 3 teaspoons of Insectivore Rearing Mix. Slowly add water and mix to make a slurry of the required consistency. The mix should be fluid enough to pass through the syringe hub when tube feeding. This mixture will absorb water on standing so continue mixing and if necessary add more water. The mixture should be fed at about 30oC. Prepare fresh daily.

 

MAINTENANCE OF PLUMAGE COLOUR

Wombaroo/Passwell's research into plumage colour loss in nectarivorous and insectivorous birds has lead to the development of specialised colour maintenance diets for these birds.  The green, yellow and red colours in feathers originate from carotenoids, flavones and pterins found in plants and insects.  Some of the carotenoids identified in feathers are lutein, zeaxanthin, canthaxanthin, rhodoxanthin, capsanthin, astacin, a-carotene, beta-carotene and astaxanthin.  After absorption these pigments may remain unaltered or be modified before being incorporated into the feather at keratinisation.

Wombaroo/Passwell have identified and extracted a carotenoid mix that maintains the yellow and green colours in the plumage of nectarivorous and insectivorous birds.  A special formulation of Insectivore Rearing Mix is now available containing the correct concentration of carotenoids to maintain the yellow and green colours of your birds.  They have also recently developed a carotenoid mix to maintain red and orange colours in the plumage of these birds.

Colour Enhanced (Yellow) Product Available in 5kg packs

Colour Enhanced (Red) Product Available in 5kg packs

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