BREEDS & their NEEDS
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ADVANTAGES to KEEPING the Spreo Starling
AVAILABILITY to PURCHASE
interesting in starting with soft-billed birds.
are good for a first-timer
they are fairly straightforward and hardy to look after.
are omnivorous by nature (ie. they will eat a wide variety of
thrive on a diet of coarse-grade softbill food, chopped fruit
and some live-food such as
mealworms and crickets
Calcium and a good Vit/min supplement is also required on a
are best kept on their own.
spacious Aviary planted with safe vegetation
Expect some damage to the vegetation, which will need replacing
as and when necessary.
must have a weatherproof Shelter/Shed area, for the colder
your birds prefer to roost outside, make sure you provide
some winter protection in the form
of perspex sheeting to the outside of the Aviary mesh.
bird can tolerated being in a draft - so makes sure the wind
can't "Whistle" thru the Aviary
sure your birds always have something wooden or plastic they can
get in or behind to shelter.
love to bathe,
esp. in the Spring, so provide a suitable plastic dish (a dog's
bowl would be good.)
Provide a medium-sized parakeet-style
NESTBOX in a protected, sheltered position.
need plenty of assorted Nesting Material as they make a rather
bulky nest in the N.Box.
2 - 4
Approx. 13 days
Approx. 3 weeks
best to clean the nest out between broods, if possible.
the First Round of Chicks are independent probably best to
remove to another Aviary.
WORMING and good hygiene
standards because of their messy droppings due
to their soft-bill diet.
on link above for in depth details on Worming and Wormers
Uneaten fruit, esp. in warm weather can cause a build-up of
fungal spores and can lead to digestive upsets or
potentially fatal infections.
Perches must also be kept clean to prevent foot infections (see
an absorbent Floor covering such as