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Cattscapes
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:44 pm    Post subject:

Hi Guys i have a pair of black eyed clears (yellows) that have breed for me 5 times now. The first four clutches the hen started to pluck at 2 weeks and i had to foster or handraise them myself. When the fifth clutch came around to 2 weeks old i was away for the weekend at a birdsale. I was expecting to come home to 3 bald chicks. To my suprise i came home to no feather plucking. They then went on the raise the 3 chicks succussfully. The only difference to this nest was a green pied which they had hatch from another pair. The first four nests were all yellow. Maybe the different colour baby interested them. It shows that they can come good. They are on there sixth clutch now so we will see. Cheers Kevin
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:02 pm    Post subject:

Diet
egg food .millett,grapes ,apples,spinach,sweetcorn.tuna,cat kibble,marmite,jam,cooked apple.cockatilemix.parrot number 1mix,budgie tonic..cooked egg shells crushed,grit and sand.yet to try peas! will try kiwi fruit and oranges not something i ever buy.but its in the strips i buy from the pet shop that hang from the top of the cage.....my babys are coming on so much since i removed the female.will give her a good feeding for a few months and rest......maybe try her later in the year. glug
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:04 am    Post subject:

our kaks get fresh veg and fruit every day, it varies from day to day but includes a mixture of the following:
spinach, silverbeet, beans, kale, celery, sprouted seed, carrot, peas, corn, brocolli, cauli, cucumber, apple, pear, strawberry, kiwi
they also get a quality seed mix, bio cal, meal worms and egg and biscuit.
The "plucker" is crazy about carrot, the others are not so keen on it.
I don't believe the "plucker" was hand reared, her temprament would indicate aviary bred.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:30 am    Post subject:

Coyld posters add to the diet comparions if they have feather plucking of chicks for easy reference
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Compost...our birds also have addess to compost and forest gloor debris
Reference to a thread by Peter here
http://www.kakariki.net/ftopicp-7447.html#7447

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wyndara
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:45 am    Post subject:

Peter do you know what foods are rich in Arginine.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:48 am    Post subject:

wyndara wrote:
Peter do you know what foods are rich in Arginine.


Following types of seed are rich in Arginine: All types of Millet, Canaryseed, Buckweat, Oat, Padi and Sunflowerseed. But it seems insufficient. Food with full protein are a better source: meat, eggs, insects.....
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:59 am    Post subject:

Cheese??
meat..we feed regularing 2 to 3 months before breeding and thru breeding season.
Refering to the compost thread ....another breader who never has the issue, uses compost/mulch...doesnt feed hardly any meat but regularly feeds cheese.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:37 am    Post subject:

<v> mine love cheese ......
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Gee
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:46 am    Post subject:

Walnuts contain lots of arginine as well.

Make sure they are well stored to avoid mould.
Mould makes them high on aflatoxine.

The little brown film in the nut containes galline acid, which helps to break down aflatoxine while digesting. So just cut a walnut in the middle and give the complete half with film and all.
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