Hand Rearing

To give young birds the best start in life they must be raised with a quality hand rearing diet. In particular, young birds have an increased protein requirement for muscle & feather development as well as minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium for bone growth.
Our rearing diets include Passwell Hand Rearing Food and Wombaroo Granivore Rearing Mix for typical seed-eating species such as parrots, pigeons finches and quail. We also make the higher-protein Wombaroo Insectivore Rearing Mix for meat or insect-eating species.

Hand-reared birds will require additional heating from a heat lamp or incubator when very small and unfeathered. However, once feathered-up, supplemental heat may be provided by using a Cosy Heat Pad.
  • Granivore Rearing Mix

    Wombaroo Granivore Rearing Mix is a complete diet for rearing and supplementing grain-eating (granivorous) birds. 

    Key Features

    • Nutritionally balanced high protein formula for hand rearing parrots, pigeons & finches. 
    • Enriched with omega-3&6, vitamins and minerals for improved chick health.
    • Excellent dietary supplement for breeding birds
    • Provides nutritional support for young, sick or malnourished birds.


    Ground cereals & vegetables, whey and soy proteins, maltodextrin, 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.


    Protein (min) 22%
    Fat (min) 8%
    Carbohydrate (min) 53%
    Fibre (max) 5%
    Calcium 1%
    Metabolisable Energy (ME) 14.4 MJ/kg

    Pack Sizes

     250g, 1kg & 5kg.

    To feed as a Hand Rearing Food

    Feed chicks from newly hatched using a spoon or syringe with feeding tube/crop needle:

    The first feed of the day for 3 days should be a high quality yoghurt with high live micro-organism count. This provides a reliable source of live bacteria (probiotics) that may have a beneficial effect on a bird’s intestinal microbial population.

    Feed young birds a dilute mixture to begin with, and then gradually increase the solids content as they get older as follows:

     Chick Age Granivore Rearing Mix
    (1 heaped teaspoon = 5g approx.)
     Warm Water
    (50ºC approx.)
    Day 1 10 g 60 mL
    Day 2 to 5

    10 g

    50 mL
    Day 6 to 10 10 g 40 mL
    Day 11 to 20 10 g 20 ml
    After Day 20               10 g 10 ml

     Allow prepared mixture to stand for 2 minutes to absorb all the water. Remix, and if too thick reheat the mixture and add a little more water to make the desired consistency. Feed at a temperature of 36-38ºC with a spoon or syringe. Feed until the crop is full, taking care not to introduce food into the windpipe.

    Feed prepared Granivore Rearing Mix 6 times daily when chicks are very young, reducing this to 3-4 feeds per day as the chick gets older. Feed small amounts frequently and allow the crop to empty completely at least once each day (ie overnight). Thoroughly clean utensils before food preparation. Food must be prepared fresh for each meal. Discard all uneaten food.

    To Feed as a Supplement

    Granivore Rearing Mix is an excellent supplement for breeding birds and can be used as nutritional support for underweight or malnourished birds:

    To Supplement with Fruit & Veg: Mix 10g (2 heaped teaspoons) of Granivore Rearing Mix with 20g diced fruit or vegetables. Prepare fresh daily

    To make as an Egg Food: Mix 1 teaspoon of breadcrumbs with 1 with mashed hard-boiled egg and 20g (4 teaspoons) of Granivore Rearing Mix. Gently mix to a moist , crumbly consistency. Prepare fresh food daily

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