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.
  • Insectivore Rearing Mix

    Wombaroo Insectivore Rearing Mix is a complete food for rearing and supplementing insectivorous and carnivorous birds. These species require a high proportion of protein in their diet.

    Key Features

    • Contains 52% protein, with the full complement of amino acids.
    • Suitable for all insect or meat eating species including magpies, kookaburras, birds of prey, seabirds, waders, wrens & robins.
    • Enriched with  omega-3&6, carotenoids, vitamins and minerals to enhance feather condition and chick health.
    • Can be used as an ideal live-food substitute or high protein boost for all birds.
    • Contains added taurine, an essential nutrient for growing passerine chicks.

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

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    Serving Suggestion - Insectivore with Mince Meat


    Meat meal, fish meal, blood meal, whey protein, soy protein, mannan oligosaccharides, β-glucans, lysine, methionine, 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)             52 %           
     Fat (min)  12 %           
     Carbohydrate             18 %           
     Fibre (max)             5 %           
     Calcium  2 %
     Taurine  500mg/kg
     Carotenoids  50mg/kg
     Metabolisable Energy (ME)             16 MJ/kg           

    Pack Sizes

     250g, 1kg & 5kg.

    Wombaroo Insectivore Rearing Mix can be used as a supplement to boost protein, vitamins & minerals in meat, fish & egg diets. The product can also be mixed with water to make soft pellets or liquid slurry for hand-rearing or assist feeding. Suggested feeding guidelines are presented below. Do not add vitamin, mineral or concentrated food supplements to these diets as this may seriously alter the balance of nutrients. Prepare food fresh daily.

    To feed as Meat Mix

    Mix 10g (2 teaspoons) of Insectivore Rearing Mix per 20g of minced meat or fish.

    A little moisture may be necessary to moisten the preparation. Always use good quality meat as a base.


    This is a versatile and nutritionally balanced mix that can be used to supplement magpies, ravens, tawny frogmouths, raptors & seabirds. Do not add any other supplements.

    To feed with Hard-boiled Egg

    Mix 20g (2 tablespoons) with 1 mashed Hard-boiled egg (50g).

    Mash the egg with a fork and then slowly add the Insectivore Rearing Mix and gently turn into a crumbly mass.

    This is an ideal supplement for softbills such as wrens, robins and chats as well as waterbirds including plovers, rails and waders. Mix with live food such as mealworms, termites or fly pupae to encourage intake. Many canary, finch and parrot breeders also offer this soft food mix to their nesting birds.

    To feed as pellets

    Mix 10g (2 heaped teaspoons) of Insectivore Rearing Mix with 6mL of warm water.

    Slowly add the water and mix to a putty-like consistency. Break small pieces from the prepared mix and roll into pellets for feeding, using tweezers. This mix is essentially a 'dry' food so birds should be offered water by mouth when feeding pellets.

    Use pellets to feed orphaned or sick birds including magpies, ravens, kookaburras and tawny frogmouths.

    To feed as a liquid slurry

    Add 10g (2 heaped teaspoons) of Insectivore Rearing Mix with 15mL of warm water.

    Slowly add water and mix to make a slurry of the required consistency. Let the mix stand for 2 minutes to absorb all the water. If too thick, add a little more water and continue mixing. Feed using a spoon or syringe and tube. The mix should be fluid enough to pass through the syringe hub when tube feeding. The mixture should be fed at about 30ºC.

    Use as an "assist feeding" formula for sick and orphaned birds. Particularly young altricial chicks, or older birds that are unable to feed themselves.

    To feed Raptors & Seabirds (whole-body eaters)

    Stuff 5g (1 teaspoon) of Insectivore Rearing Mix per 20g of whole fish, mice or day old chicks fed. Cavities may be stuffed using a syringe.

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