Bird-keepers have been buying birdseed from Haith’s since 1937 and you can learn a lot from champions who’ve shared their know bird-keeping knowledge with us and helped us fine-tune our bird diets to provide adequate nutrition and variety. We encourage you to experiment, but always put the welfare of your birds first. For example, cheap bird seed mixes are (generally) cheap for a good reason: they’re often full of dust, waste husk and poor quality seed all of which are harmful to your birds. Indeed dust and extraneous debris can damage a bird’s respiratory system and we know you wouldn’t want that to happen.
Our year-round tip is this, therefore, make sure you only purchase seed that’s clean and mixed by experts. All our seeds are SUPERCLEAN™.
Budgies: January / June
At this time of the year breeding birds will have young on the perch and being weaned on to seed but wait until they are at least six weeks old, independent and feeding themselves before removing them to a separate flight.
Continue feeding a high protein diet, alongside their staple diet, to enable youngsters a better chance of developing into healthy and fit birds. Haith’s own special staple mixtures are Special Budgie Mixture, Bravo Budgie Mix, Global Budgie Mix and 50/50 Budgie Mix and they also supply CeDe Budgie Mix.
Canaries: January - February
While the weather remains inclement, we need to manage our birds in much the same manner as last month but as the end of February approaches it is a good time to introduce small morsels of greenfoods and fruit and even the softfood that is to be used throughout the breeding season. We suggest small pieces of apple and orange with the odd thawed-out and chopped, frozen, garden pea but just once a week at this stage and Haith’s Rearing & Conditioning Softfood is eminently suitable.
For those who prefer something different, Haith’s also produce Egg Biscuit Softfood and Nectarblend Rearing Softfood and can also supply the well-known EMP Softfood and CeDe Egg food.
The Breeding Season is on its way...
Birds must naturally be in the right condition if they are to bring-off their young successfully and require care and attention if this strenuous period in their lives is to be undertaken without difficulty. Getting birds into the right condition should start a few weeks prior to the expected nesting time and there is no better way than to slowly change their diet by offering supplements of conditioning type foods. Haith's Rearing & Conditioning Softfood is unsurpassed when breeding is contemplated. Commence feeding as a supplement to the normal diet well before the expected breeding season to ensure adults get into peak condition. Continue the regime until the young are fledged and well into the adults moult. Other rearing foods include Haith’s Nectarblend, a Continental type rearing food containing the best egg yolk blended with honey and Haith's Egg Biscuit Food which is a complete food with exceptionally high egg content.
Soaked and sprouted seeds are avidly taken by most seed-eaters especially prior to and during the breeding season. Not only does it act as a conditioner it can provide a useful supplement when young are being reared. A good rule is - little and often, as the young may not be fed on anything else if it is always there. Haith's Easisoak Seed is suitable for most domesticated species while Haith's Foreign Finch Soakseed should be used for exotic species. Then there are soaked Millet Sprays which have the same benefits as ordinary soaked seeds but also encourage young birds to feed themselves.
A useful tip which may avoid a few problems with moulds is to add a small amount of Vanodine to the soaking water. A capful to the gallon or ½ Teaspoon to the litre is sufficient.
Don’t forget that fresh supplies of clean greenfood such as Chickweed or spinach contain essential vitamins and minerals and help relieve boredom.