Simple to prepare, natural and without side or harmful effects ! A recipe that has proven itself among a large number of bird breeders.
This method helps prevent infestation of your zebra finches from internal parasites (flat and round worms) and is also a blood purifier.
To have an effective dewormer, you have to combine garlic, thyme and sage. Garlic is the most active in this composition.
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 2 sage leaves
Garlic can be mixed or cut. You can also cut the sage leaves.
All mixed in a liter of water. Let macerate for 15 days to 1 month in a temperate place away from the sun.
If you use this type of nest this trick can be useful.
Last year, a male regularly messed up or removed nest materials. Certainly with the aim of starting another brood.
The bottom of these nests being flat, the eggs were found scattered and therefore a risk of not being incubated was very possible.
So I looked for a solution to avoid this inconvenience. By trying out several types of concave shaped nest bottom, among others those in rope and coconut fiber, by incorporating them into the plastic nest. This male continued despite everything to want to remove these funds !
Then, I tried a white felt concave background that I taped to the nest.
The problem of eggs that do not hatch, despite being fertilized, encountered by breeders gave me the idea of this topic.
The importance of the humidity level during egg development and hatching in our rearing rooms pushes us to find solutions to regulate it, especially during dry periods.
I use an ultrasonic humidifier, adjustable and ideal:
I also use, either in parallel with the humidifier or when there is only a need for a small adjustment of the humidity level, a much less expensive solution: Ceramic saturators (around 5 euros per unit in DIY stores) :
I hang them on the oil bath radiator (which dries the air less than electric radiators of the radiant type or commonly called "Toaster").
The principle of evaporation caused by heat from the radiator works well, however it takes about a day to see the effects.