completely non-tonic. You will know if you are using too much if there is residue left in the bowl other than a thin blue-green stain. Be sure to replace the FA lid snugly.
STORAGE OF Avian FRESH Diet
IMPORTANT: Simply keep the ziplock bags tightly sealed or (for bulk sizes) transfer to plastic or metal containers that can be tightly closed. This is important to keep grain moths out. Avoid storage near heating sources. Freezing is good if above 10 degrees F and tightly sealed (double bagged). FRESH Addition is very stable at room temperature but is sensitive to oxidation, so keep tightly closed. It is best to decant a week's worth of FA into a smaller container so that the main batch has less oxidation.
ABOUT HOW MUCH TO FEED: Most of us, in our desire to give our birds the very best of everything, over-feed them. Imagine yourself limited to a nice comfortable room where a table is set all day with delicious foods, close at hand at all times. Would you ever have an appetite? Would you select only those foods that caught your fancy?
Would this situation result in you being well nourished and healthy? Of course not.
We recommend that you feed your birds only an amount that will be completely eaten in three hours. This assumes that feeding is done twice daily. This parallels the birds` habits in the wild, assures that a balanced diet is being consumed, that food does not deteriorate or become contaminated, and greatly reduces your feed costs and cleanup time. Give your birds plenty of non-food entertainment and you will see how less food will make your birds healthier and happier.
ABOUT ACCEPTANCE OF THE NEW DIET: Over 90% of birds enthusiastically welcome Avian FRESH Diets on the first feeding. There are, however, a few individuals who, like some humans, just don't like any changes of any kind. For these birds, or ones that are feeding babies, retain their accustomed food, replacing it with AFD gradually over a period of a week. Once sampled, we have never seen a bird that didn't prefer AFD to their previous favorite.
TROUBLE-SHOOTING: The most common cause of mold growth is contaminated water. Make sure you have mixed the working solution of FRESH Stabilizer correctly (1 1/2t. or 6 cc/gal). Try a batch using distilled water. If you are rinsing, try a batch with no rinsing at all. If this does not cure the problem, the source is contaminated air in the room where the operation is taking place. Call China Prairie for help. We can make it work.
Most people have no trouble with the AFD process whatsoever, and with a little adjustment, you won't either. Don't be offended at the thought that after all of the effort you have made to keep your environment clean, there might be some microorganisms that have found a niche there. They are very clever little unseen creatures. The sprouts are like the canary in the coal mine; they are your microbe sensors, a warning device.
The most common cause of contaminated air is carpeting. In reality, there is no non-toxic way to successfully clean carpeting. We recommend its removal, but first, simply try sprouting somewhere else. Sometimes this means in another building. We have found that a refrigerator can generate contaminated air. The space behind and under a refrigerator is also impossible to clean and provides ideal incubation and distribution conditions for microorganisms. It might be time to move it out for a complete cleaning, With these measures done, not only will your sprouting be trouble-free, but also life will be healthier for you and your birds.
If you have any questions, please call us. We will be happy to help you achieve the ease, economy, and health benefits of the Avian FRESH Diet Program.