Eivoer geven en in welke periode

Providing egg food: How and in what period?

Our birds are seed eaters, and generally the seeds available are of good quality. These mixed bird seeds form the basic food for seed-eating bird species. Since these seeds are rich in phosphorus and relatively poor in lime, it is necessary to always add grit and shell sand in the breeding rooms and aviaries. This way, the birds can absorb lime themselves as needed. The need for lime and phosphorus varies during different times of the year. To ensure that all the necessary building blocks from dietary protein are sufficiently present, we provide egg food during those specific periods. Egg food provides both animal and vegetable proteins. The need for animal protein is well known, but it is also essential to supplement with the necessary amino acids, as seed mixtures fall short in this regard. A good egg food should supplement these deficiencies and guarantee optimal growth and vitality in all circumstances. Although commercially available eggfood is usually good, many breeders add additional ingredients, despite contradictory claims from manufacturers.

Periods of Egg Feeding:Red mosaic type 2

How much and when to give egg food?

A common misconception is that egg food can always be given in abundance because it is good for birds. As mentioned earlier, we provide egg food during the periods when our birds need it. The amount of egg food varies considerably per period.

The Molding Period:

During this phase, birds clearly need daily portions of egg food to form their plumage for winter. Amino acids, vitamin B6, sodium, and other nutrients abundant in seed mixtures are needed for this. The amount of egg food given must be adjusted to daily consumption; what is offered in the morning must be gone by the evening. Remnants indicate over-dispensing. A successful molt requires both a balanced seed mixture and daily egg food provision.

The Rest Period:

In this phase, when birds are not moulting and their feathering is good, we provide some egg food no more than 2-3 times a week. Seed should remain the main food, with occasional natural vitamins such as apple pieces. The amount of egg food given should be one cup consumed in a morning. Leftover egg food in the afternoon indicates excessive provision, which can negatively affect the condition of the bird.

The Breeding Period:egg food

During the breeding period, birds need sufficient seed and an ample supply of egg food, depending on the size of the family. Daily fresh egg food provision, both in the morning and in the evening, is essential. The bowl must be virtually empty at each feeding, otherwise too much will be given. During incubation it is better not to provide egg food, but egg food can be started carefully one or two days before hatching. The key is daily freshness.

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