Finches

Finches include a range of small Australian & foreign species with a predominantly granivorous (seed) diet. In the breeding season they supplement their diet with additional protein, vitamins & minerals from seeding grasses and insects.
Many seeds found in commercial finch mixes are deficient in the protein and essential nutrients required by breeding birds. Our finch foods include nutritionally-balanced Crumbles for everyday nutrition, and Finch Soft Food, Egg & Biscuit and Insectivore Rearing Mix for breeding birds. We also make a range of supplements and treats to enhance the health & well-being of cage and aviary birds.


  • Finch Soft Food

    Passwell Finch Soft Food is a nutritionally balanced, high protein food for all finches, waxbills, weavers, whydahs and softbills. 

    Key Features

    • Provides a concentrated and highly digestible form of protein for finches & softbills. 
    • Enriched with essential amino acids, omega-3&6, vitamins and minerals to enhance breeding condition, egg quality and chick health.
    • Can be used as an ideal live-food substitute or high protein boost for all birds.
    • Contains added carotenoids, naturally occurring anti-oxidants that enhance feather colour.
    • Contains added taurine, an essential nutrient for growing passerine chicks.

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    Serving suggestion - made-up as a moist crumble with chopped mealworms.

     

    Ingredients

    Ground and whole cereals, whey and soy proteins, meat meal, lysine, methionine,  mannan oligosaccharides, β-glucans, vegetable oils, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (including EPA & DHA), carotenoids, taurine, vitamins A, B1,B2,B6, B12,C,D3,E,K, nicotinamide, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, choline, inositol, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium.

    Analysis

     Protein (min) 30%
     Fat (min) 12%
     Carbohydrate (min) 41%
     Fibre (max) 7%
     Calcium 1.2%
     Taurine 200mg/kg
     Carotenoids 25mg/kg
     Metabolisable Energy (ME)
    15.5 MJ/kg

    Pack Sizes

     500g, 1kg, 5kg & 20kg.

    Also available with added yellow or red colour enhancers to  help prevent colour fading in softbills.

    Directions

    To feed as a moist crumble:

    Mix 20g of Finch Soft Food (2 level tablespoons) with 10ml (1 tablespoon) of warm water. Slowly add the water to the powder while mixing to form a moist crumbly mix. Do not make into a paste.Click on image to enlarge

    Prepare food fresh each day. We do not advise storing food in the fridge overnight as it can become contaminated with micro-organisms. 

    Feeding Guide

    Feed prepared Finch Soft Food as a supplement to finches or as a complete diet to insectivorous softbills such as wrens, robins, chats, whistlers and woodswallows. Feed in conjuction with insects or as a complete substitute for live food. Fussy birds can be enticed to eat Finch Soft Food by mixing in a few small mealworms, fly pupae, termites or other treat in the food. Can also be mixed in with soaked seed, sprouted seed or finely diced vegetables.

     Species
    (guidelines for non-breeding birds)
    Amount to feed as a Moist Crumble
    (1 teaspoon = 5g approx.)
    Small finches & waxbills  1g per bird per day. 
    Large finches & weavers 2g per bird per day.
    Wrens, Robins & Chats 2-3 g per bird per day.
    Whistlers & Woodswallows 5g per bird per day

    Breeding

    Once breeding has begun offer as much Finch Soft Food as the birds will eat. Adult birds will take in Finch Soft Food, partially digest it and regurgitate it back to the chicks as a highly nutritious rearing food. Once the chicks have fledged keep feeding at about twice the amount suggested for non-breeding birds. This will maintain the protein and mineral levels required in the diet for the post-breeding moult. After the moult, reduce back to the amounts outlined for non-breeding birds.

    Other Species

    Finch Soft Food is an excellent high protein supplement for other species of breeding birds. For parrots, lorikeets and cockatoos, offer 5-10 g per pair per day. Alternatively use Passwell Parrot Soft Food

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