The Principals of Feeding WAXBILLS
which applies to most 'Aviary - kept' Birds
to keep Fit and healthy thru Winter months but don't up the Protein levels until ready to Breed)
Feeding is paramount to successful Breeding
feeding = dead in shell/nest/chicks thrown out of nest etc.,
Feeding high protein “Casein” – (this is
used by human Weight Lifters to build muscle mass).
purified protein and is water insoluble.
- It is commonly
used by bodybuilders as a slow-digesting source of amino acids.
Protein levels at correct time, improves breeding.
is found in "Birdcare’s"
+ super Max = High protein diet.
EMP Eggfood(15% protein) add Pro-boost = 25+% this is used to substitute the high
of insects the waxbills would normally catch in the wild to feed the
young in the Nest and continue
feeding the young until they fledge.
the moult reduce protein levels by 50%
[from 25% to 10 – 12 ½%] then phase out altogether.
don’t need a rise in protein levels again until the following Spring and
the new breeding season.
are much fitter and better for breeding if they don’t carry too much
weight prior to mating.
– fat hens difficult to breed from.
Protein levels not needed until chicks due to hatch.
winter use wild seeds etc., to bring into Breeding fitness.
are paired up again for the new season at the back-end of Feb.
Verselle Laga Waxbill Mix - which is made up as
yellow panicum millet
Jack Mix Millet
- Also offer Charcoal/Oyster Grit/ Cuttle Fish
seed x1 per week
mealworms x1 per week (while rearing – if they will eat them – not all
will eat Frozen worms (pinkies & Buffalo
Worms) – put into egg food
when frozen but NOT if fresh ones - makes food soggy!
brings the frozen worms in small boxes from Holland when he’s over there on his Trips
Approx £7 per
box (price 2007 - poss more now) – 20 boxes will last one Breeding Season.
& SUPPLEMENTS RECOMMENDED by other WAXBILL KEEPERS
- an African Finch mix
and Weed Seed, Fonio Paddy and Pagima Green once per week
Ants Eggs and Eggfood x1 per week when Breeding
supplement (as instructed)
cuttlefish + baked eggshell and oystershell grit available at all times
all birds like it or will eat it.
well and soak in water mixed with Aviclens – then soak.
Potent Brew in the water used to mix Egg Food.
- Use EMP or any good quality Egg-food.
- Once per week use Bogena Universal Soft Food
in a separate dish.
Avi-clens mixed in the Drinking water and in the water he used for “Soak Seed”
– ½ tspoon to 2 litres.
in Water for Vitamin content.
See amounts etc., on side of tub.
SPECIAL EGG FOOD MIX
(secret to successful Rearing) – Can be made in Batches
EMP Egg Food
Herb Mix (Nettles etc.,)
gms Breed Max (Steve Squires)
mixed tog. and kept dry in an airtight tub.
Waxbills can be housed in sheds
to 60 deg F
are on from 6am – 10pm and fade in and out in Breeding Season.
- Use ordinary bulbs, as the specialized bulbs have a limited
life-span of usefulness.
non-breeding Season lights fade out at 8pm
- Use double Breeders 4ft long x 16”deep x 18” high.
- Narrow bars to
- Allow them into
an Aviary to Fly them in the summer for exercise but then you can’t
control the environment and they do need humidity.
Esp. during hot weather.
- Use Nest boxes which are the standard ½ open fronts 3” x 5” or
sometimes the round, metal “Salad feeders”
- you can get from Pet stalls.
- Provides coconut fibre or a Sisal mix.
- They seem to like the lighter colours.
- Use Anti-mite “Blast-off” from Bird Care Co. in bottom of nest boxes.
- To breed 30 Orange Cheeked Waxbills
need approx. 6 pairs of each variety of Waxbill to create a Genepool.
necessary is 2 pairs per each variety kept.
are used for Fostering.
- Use PAIRS 1yr
old +. 6 eggs max.
3 – 4 better.
chicks should be close rung.
WAXBILL FINCH SOCIETY
formed to share info re: Breeding/keeping/feeding/locating Waxbills etc.,
Society Co-ordinator: John Dodwell Tel: 01275
a Magazine : Estrildian
Sparrow Society U.K. - JSSuk