Fruitmix - low
iron (40 ppm)
to prepare a complete (low iron) diet for frugivorous birds, such as Touracos,
Mousebirds, Trogons, Mynahs Hornbills, Barbets, Toucans, Broadbills, Cotingas,
Low iron contents of 40 mg/kg (40 ppm) to avoid iron intoxication (hemosiderosis and hemochromatosis).
Recent publications show that death through iron intoxication is a real threat and one of the main causes of death of many species of frugivorous birds. Breeding results are rather poor because malfunction of the intoxicated liver, which cannot synthesise egg yolk protein. Many softfood and pellet diets show when analysed too high quantities of iron. These cannot be excreted by the birds and results in intoxication of liver and bladder.
The staple diet of frugivorous birds consists of locally available fruit and berries, supplemented with AVES-FRUITMIX-low iron. The basic ingredients of the diet consist of locally available fruit and berries. Make the diet as varied as possible e.g.:
1 part (as per weight) figs, juniper berries, rose-hips, rowanberries
800 gram for 8,8 kg of fruit diet
Detailed information about iron intoxication is presented in Avesproduct Newsletter 34.