Food | Soaked/Sprouted Seeds
do not offer my finches live food. Some species require live
food. Mine do not. Some species require live food when breeding,
but since I do not breed them, this is not a concern for me.
Although they probably would like it once introduced and it
is a good source of protein, I find the whole concept somewhat
distasteful and instead make sure they have access to eggfood
every day. If the idea doesn't bother you - go for it. I'm sure
your birds will appreciate it.
are a very popular choice among those who do feed live food.
Mealworms are available in different sizes; mini mealworms are
the preferred size for finches. Different species have different
needs when it comes to quantities. Cordon bleus apparently go
through hundreds a day when breeding. The nutritional value
is highly dependent on the diet fed to the mealworms, however,
so you may want to do a little research to make sure your birds
get the most bang for the buck. Mealworms are available at many
petstores, but you can also order them in bulk through the mail.
I've heard good things about a company named Grubco,
although I've never purchased through them myself.
live food options exist, but again, I recommend doing a little
research. Some forms of live food could introduce illness to
seed is seed that has been soaked in water and rinsed repeatedly
until little shoots start to emerge from the seed. Soaked seed
is prepared in a similar fashion, except that it is served to
the birds before the shoots emerge. A nice article
describing one method of sprouting seeds can be found at
Java Finch Pages.
used to offer my birds soaked seed and I would try to sprout
seeds as well. This was when I was still using a commercial
seed mix and I found it very difficult to sprout the seed. I've
read about some issues with bacteria developing in the soaked/sprouted
seeds, and I have since decided not to take any chances with
it. However, it is supposed to be a nutritious addition to the
birds diet and I may someday offer it again, especially now
that I use fresher seed. And if I were breeding, I would definitely
offer soaked seed for the fledglings.
people choose to offer their birds a mineral grit. Grit aids
in digestion by helping to grind the stomach contents. Most
experts claim that grit is not necessary for finches because
they hull their seeds before eating them. Still, many finch
owners offer their birds grit on a regular basis, and when I've
offered it, it has always been relished. I currently do not
supply grit, but I do provide crushed oyster shells and my birds
have daily access to a tub of sand (used by the Button Quails
as a bath).
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