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Free supplement plans

The Birdcare Company offer free personalised supplement plans to all bird keepers! Simply download the Excel spread sheet online and enter the highlighted information.

Don't have Excel? If you do not have Excel we can e-mail you a PDF version of this spread sheet. Simply e-mail us at with the following information:

1. The number of birds (by species for mixed collections)
2. The species of bird
3. An estimate of the average weight of the birds
4. An estimate of the amount of water (bathing and drinking) you use each day
5. The dates you expect to start and finish your breeding season
6. Your name and address

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Prevent bird illness with crystal clean drinking water

Contaminated drinking water is one of the most common ways diseases spread from one bird to another. Despite the chlorine added by our water suppliers, the water from our taps contains a number of potentially dangerous germs. These get added to during the day when our birds bath, dunk food and carefully place their droppings into the drinkers! These germs then multiply and can reach dangerous levels.

Adding just tiny quantities of the water sanitiser Aviclens stops these germs from multiplying and keeps infection rates well below the level that your bird’s immune system can cope with.  Aviclens is added to water at the rate of 5 mls. to a mammoth ten litres of water! So it is incredibly economical to use.

Aviclens has another important role too. Soaking or sprouting seeds are the perfect environment for germs - particularly yeasts and fungi. To eliminate this danger from your birds simply use Aviclens in the water you use for the sprouts at the dose rate indicated above. Change the water daily.

Office hours

We have extended our opening hours!

You can now contact us from 8.45am to 5.15pm (Monday to Friday) to place orders or for general enquiries.

The Customer Advice Line for The Birdcare Company is open from 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Tel: 01453 835330 or 0845 130 8600

We look forward to hearing from you!

Outside these hours contact us online.

Breeding Tips For 2014

Improving nutrition
As the breeding season approaches improving nutrition is key to many species breeding. For budgerigars in the wild, the dry season turning into the wet season turns the feed from dry, dusty, survive-if-you-can diets into lush, vitamin, mineral and protein rich feeds.  For canaries and other  European species, winter turning into spring brings the abundance of plant feeds and insects they need.  The wild diet starting to improve is a key indicator for birds to start coming into breeding condition and for fertility to improve.

Mimic the seasonal diet for best results!

For budgerigars start 6 weeks before breeding and for canaries and European birds 8 to 12 weeks before breeding, to give their bodies time to make all the changes.  Improve the nutrition quality steadily week by week.
Feast eggfood gives top quality higher-protein food as well as unique herbal health support. Add Daily Essentials3 to it for broad-based vitamin, minerals and amino acids.  Add ProBoost SuperMax, a high protein complex product, to boost fertility, bring excellent breeding condition and support the young chicks.

Prevent common problems
If birds are carrying infections, it will seriously limit their ability to breed and chicks will be more likely to die. So now  is the time to resolve low level infections and parasites.

Airsac mite weakens finches and canaries.
Listen for the tell-tale rattley sound  of their breathing. Use lvermectin 0.1% on the back of the neck as directed.

Worm burdens
Worm burdens build up in birds with access to dirt floors and outside flights. Regular treatment with
Harkaverm is advised and is essential before breeding.

Going light (coccidia)
This is a huge problem in canaries and finches leading to young chick deaths.  It is easily prevented by using Feast Eggfood with its powerful anti-coccidial herbs. Or use the same herbs in supplement form, Flourish. If you've had a particularly bad problem in previous years use Acox first and then use Flourish or Feast.

Calcium deficiency raised in Cage & Aviary Bird - Hit back with Calcivet

Calcivet - A unique liquid calcium supplement

Feather plucking solved

The most common cause of feather plucking appears to be calcium deficiency....

As research tells us that 98% of pet birds are getting less than the recommended levels of calcium in their diet it is actually surprising that there aren't more cases of feather plucking. Calcium is involved in both nerve and muscle function. Calcium deficient animals often show nervous behaviour such as fear, aggression and feather plucking. So the central part of our recommendation is to add 
Calcivet to the diet for feather plucking birds.

Read more about our approach to feather plucking here...

Super Simple Supplementation...

Breeding season for canaries is coming up. Now is the time to think about what supplementation you will be using to bring your birds into condition and getting the best breeding season ever. Try using our EasyBird Super Breeder
. Just one product contains all that you need - vitamins, minerals, calcium and protein. 

Potent Brew is an excellent product for giving your chicks the best start in life. It also acts as a breeding stimulant as well. So start giving it to your parent birds just before you pair them up. Use it on a daily basis all through breeding and rearing. You will be amazed at the results!