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Feather Growth and Condition 5 years 8 months ago #186

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What can be done to insure your birds produce the best feather to their potential?
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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 5 years 8 months ago #189


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I would have to say breeding,feed ,and livig quarters.
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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 5 years 8 months ago #191


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Good answer Rick. I would like to add that when birds are molting or putting feathers is a critical time. Stress can effect color and quality of feathers. Protein. sulphor, fibre and moisture all play a roll and good feather development. When feathers are grown in dry conditions they can be narrow and briyyle. I like to dip my birds in a solution of 1 ounce of malithion and 5 gallons of water during this time. IT serves 2 purpose. Provides moisture and controls external parasites. AS far as diet suppliments. Protein from canned dog food is used by many. Cabbage is an excellent source for the fibre and the sulpkur. But as Ricky stated over crowde is conditionings worst enemy. Give them plenty of space if you are running birds together. I like penning up males individually in small pens when growing them out and conditioning for show.
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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 5 years 8 months ago #192

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How often do you feed the dog food and the cabbage and in what amounts? Do you feed it with your regular feed?
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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 5 years 8 months ago #194


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I said some people use the dog food. I personnally don't so I can't say. I would imagine a small spoonful per bird per day would suffice perhaps less. Best for someone else to answer that. As far as the cabbage I will shred it in my food processor realy fine and top dress on their feed 3 times a week. I will sometimes pour a little red cell on it and mix it up before placing on top of feed.
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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 5 years 8 months ago #197

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Ok, what is red cell and were do I get it?
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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 5 years 8 months ago #201


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I've used canned dog food and the birds love it. I only give them about a teaspoon full per bird about twice per week.
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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 5 years 8 months ago #204


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Red cell is a mineral thing for horse, any tractor supply, rural king or any other farm store will have it.. it will be back in the horse section..
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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 5 years 8 months ago #207

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Kjundog when you say a little, do you mean like a pinch or ???
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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 5 years 8 months ago #210


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I use Redcell 2 different ways. I put it in their deinking water at a rate of a teaspoon per gallon twice a week all year round. I will also give to individual birds I am conditioning for show by mixing up a batch of feed that is coated with the red cell and feeding a small amount of this daily with their regular feed. Just pour on enough to coat what ever you want to feed. I know several people who mix it with water and soak their oats in it and feed that. Redcell is high in iron and is a good blood guilder also. So I also will use it for 2 week on individual birds I want to dub. I start giving it a week before dubbing individuals and keep giving for one week past the dubbing day. If you want to try the soaking of oats thing that is also very good for them during the molt. Oats is a good source of fibre for feather development.
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