Food/Supplement for all Red birds.
Keep a small amount of Moist Red in the cage with the red birds especially during the molt. It will help the growth of their plumage and the new plumage will be a deeper red. In addition to the above, feed small amounts of fresh greens of all kinds; the greater the variety of greens, the greater is the potential for success. Wild greens are the best: Dandelion, Chickweed, also Watercress, Escarole, Chicory, Kale and Spinach. Also fruit such as Apples and Pears. Moisten the Red supplement with warm water when offering it to the birds. Be careful; all moist food sours quickly, especially during the warm, muggy months. After moistening, if food is left over after 8 hours, change for new food.
Tips on Cage Feeding
Red birds in the wild state have access to many types of carotenoids from fruits and vegetation, as well as vitamins and minerals. For example, the Virginia Red Crested Cardianl druing the summer moult feeds on many varieties of berries, such as mountain ash berries, hawthorne berries, blueberries, mulberries, etc. These nutrients available in nature are rich in red caratenoids, the birds by eating them, convert the carotenoid into canthaxanthin. Their biological system transmits these pigments through their feathers and retains their natural red coloring.
Crumbs, made with meals: wheat, corn, oats, barley, beans millet, rice, water, whole eggs, shredded coconut, poultry meat, fresh fish, fresh and dehydrated: carrots, dandelion, chicory, kale, honey grapes, bananas, apples, oranges, pears, apricots, milk, honey, corn syrup solid, salt, brewers yeast, poppy seed, kelp meal, bone meal, cod liver oil, wheat germ oil, dextrose, casein, canthaxanthin, chlorophyll, red beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin B12, riboflavin, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, choline bitartrate, folic acid menadione, sodium bisufite complex, pyroidoxine hydrochloride, d-biotin, ascorbic acid, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, ethylene diamine dihydriod, cobalt sulfate, magnesium sulfate, potassium iodide, vitamin E supplement, calcium carbonate, calcium propionate