10 steps to a successful breeding

Step 1: Veterinary check-up 6-8 weeks before the breeding season

For the check-up, address to a veterinary specialized in birds:

  • Complete physical exam.
  • Microscopical examination of feces and crop swab with direct interpretation.
  • Evaluation of problems in the previous breeding season.

Only if diseases are diagnosed, a specific treatment will be proposed.
However, for passerines and European finches, often a preventative treatment for coccidiosis or atoxoplasmosis is advised. For psittacines and parakeets a preventative worming can be done.

Step 2: Supplements in the drinking water to obtain a perfect breeding condition

As soft food is not much administered during the preparation, it is important to work via the drinking water:

  • VIGO-CARNITINE Friday
    General condition, muscle enhancing, tackles fattening, improves fertilisation.
  • HEPATO-CHOL Saturday
    Improves liver function, helps excretion of waste, contains amino acids and herbs.
  • VITAMIN KADRIE Sunday
    Stimulates fertilization, replaces the shortage of UV and natural sunlight.
  • MYCOSOL optional during weekdays to strengthen the immune system

Step 3: Possible supplements for the soft food during preparation

  • VIT-AZ-MIN 2x a week
    Unique source of minerals, spore elements, calcium and spirulina.
  • AMINO-FORT 2x a week
    Contains all amino acids, indispensable for type canaries and heavily feathered birds – replaces other protein sources.
  • MULTI-VITAMINE + HEALTH-OIL
    Increases resistance, provides extra energy and contains all necessary vitamins in case of self prepared soft food.

Step 4: Light sources and light manipulation

  • Use fluorescent tubes with UV spectrum 5.500K best with integrated High Frequency ballast.
  • Start with 12 h and lengthen daylight length every week with 30 minutes.
  • Start breeding when 14 – 15 hours a day and follow afterwards the natural daylight lengthening.

See also “Lighting

Step 5: Hygiene and disinfection of the breeding room

Before introducing birds to their breeding cages, clean and disinfect the whole place with an appropriate disinfectant.
Afterwards you can spray the whole environment, to eliminate external parasites such as bloodsucking mites. All nest bowls and perches are to be cleaned separately.
There are a lot of efficient products, ask your vet for more information.
See also “Breeding room

Step 6: Preparation of the breeding birds

  • Check beak length and cut long nails.
  • Use an ointment on the legs for scales, especially with older birds.
  • The long feathered birds are to be trimmed around eyes and cloacae with scissors.
  • Take care of the minimum required temperature for breeding.
  • Provide nest and nesting material.

Step 7: Supplements for the soft food during the breeding season

Most birds are taking soft food very well during the period of raising chicks. Especially small finches, type canaries and heavily feathered birds are requesting a perfect food for their high needs. To balance these needs, one can add special supplements on a daily basis. When it comes to young birds, minerals, dietary elements and a good source of calcium is essential to grow up.

  • AMINO-FORT 4x a week
    Contains all amino acids, indispensable for type canaries and heavily feathered birds – replaces other protein sources.
  • VIT-AZ-MIN 4x a week
    Unique source of minerals, spore elements, calcium and spirulina – essential for eggshell and for a smooth oviposition.

Stap 8: Supplements for the drinking water during the breeding season

  • VIGO-CARNITINE Friday
    General condition, muscle enhancing, tackles fattening, improves fertilisation.
  • HEPATO-CHOL Saturday
    Improves liver function, helps excretion of waste, contains amino acids and herbs.
  • VITAMIN KADRIE Sunday for indigent species
    Stimulates fertilization, replaces the shortage of UV and natural sunlight, f.i. necessary for white recessive canaries.

Dyes for colouration are only to be administered with small breaks: f.i. only during weekdays and not in the weekend or every other day. Also the doses should be correct.
See also “Care products

Step 9: Moulting period

  • After breeding, weaned youngsters of canaries and European finches often need a treatment for coccidiosis and/or atoxoplasmosis
  • Housing is to be provided in small groups in order to allow sufficient physical exercise for the birds and to stimulate an optimum development of the muscles.
  • Avoid overcrowding.

Support in drinking water:

Support in the soft food:

Step 10: Support during resting period

  • In this period, avoid heavy food and reduce the quantity of soft food.
  • Respect the natural shortening of the daylight length.
  • Take care of good hygiene in a well-ventilated room.