Monday, January 29, 2018

Wedding of Bella & Ikram

Beautiful wedding of a friend and an avid falconer...
...also an opportunity to meet up with enthusiasts from all over.

Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together

Friday, January 26, 2018

Straw-headed bulbul

What wouldn't we try just to get them laying. Tried this setup with life ferns.

For this noisy pair. I wonder what other specie of birds sing synchronously like these bulbuls.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Cricket Food - Azolla

This may yet to be proven a perfect eco-friendly food for my crickets before being turned into food for the birds.

Now, time to get more tubs to cultivate these weeds (azolla)

They do not require full sun. Partial shade is preferred. In fact under full sun, it turns brownish. There are much more info on the web regarding Azolla cultivation that any interested parties may want to explore further. However I cultivate mine a little differently. I use AB fertilisers meant for hydroponic farming. At a concentration of 1,200 to 1,500ppm. Lower is still ok. Higher, the leaves turn brownish (2,000ppm)

Project Azolla

Received these water ferns (Azolla microphylla) from a friend...

Fast growing like... weeds (what else :D)

Excellent food value. The finches and chicken loves them. Only fear are water borne pathogens. So I soak them in a home made chlorinated water and rinse with tap water before feeding.

How to make food safe disinfectant? Using regular bleach (usually 5.25% available in local stores), and the services of an online calculator, 4ml added to 1L of water will get a solution that is 200ppm (parts per million), which is safe for consumption. Anyway I still rinse them off before feeding the birds.

The below is an excellent documentary on Azolla...