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Hi all,

I have recently bought vetafarm breading aid and the good oil for birds. I soaked the seed overnight and gave it to them the next day. I i watched them throughout the day and they didn't touch it and even went down to the bottom of the cage to try and get through the wire for the fallen food. Is there any other way that i can get them to have it?

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Jaf

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I have been putting booster on the seed and the birds never seem to notice it. I haven't tried the product you mention.

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Hi, why are you giving this to them? Do you want them to breed or is it just a supplement to their diet?

The thing is if they aren't used to soaked seed etc it take a while before they tried it, like all new food. Is it something you could add to their seed dry? I haven't had and need for this so can't give you much advice.

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Hi Jaffa, I am trialling Passwells The Good Oil with my breeding pairs this season. However, I am using a recipe which Peter Thurn (a very successful breeder of show budgies) has put on his website, with a few minor variations. I add 3ml of the Good Oil to 100g of hulled oats and 50g of grey striped sunflower seed, and mix it together. I leave it for 30min to an hour (depending on how busy I am), then add lots of vege - grated carrot, grated beetroot, corn kernels, chopped silver beet, broccoli florettes etc plus a table spoon or so of E-powder. My birds love it and are waiting for it each morning. They certainly eat all the seed as well as the veges they want. I don't however soak seed overnight, and I don't use much oil. I am using this to improve the condition of my breeding pairs and breeding outcomes - so as Robyn stated, it is good to be sure of the reason for giving your birds a new dietary supplement.

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Thank you all for the replies.

My pair are raising 2 chicks (so far with 5 more possible) and i am wanting them to get the best chance as i lost 2 in the last clutch at just 2 days old. So far it is all good....

I didn't soak the seed like you think :P i just meant that i let the mixed seed and oils sit overnight before giving it to them.

After i posted this my family noticed that my male was still going to the bottom to look for food and after a quick look, there was some greens that had dropped through :P so i think that they should be alright with it now.

Thank you all again for the fast replies.

Jaff

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