After a review of the GB Seeds business, a decision has been made to discontinue the manufacture and sale of bird feed at the end of February 2018, resulting in the closure of the plant at Ingham. Gb Seeds would like to thank all its valued customers for the continued support over the years and wish them well in their quest for a new supply partnership in the future.
GB Seeds will remain active in the production and supply of specialist crops, including maple peas, linseed and naked oats and will retain the Superioats brand. All outstanding crop contracts and buybacks will be honoured, along with all our supply commitments, which is an area we plan to focus on and grow in the future. Agrii will also continue to invest in developing new crop types to service the food industry, working with end users and supermarkets. Adding value to our farmer customers remains a key part of Agrii’s vision !
Top tips from the RSPB
Are we killing garden birds with kindness?
Three things not to do for our feathered friends in winter!
We all know we need to keep bird feeders and baths topped up over the winter months to ensure our winged friends weather the storm of winter.
But there are some things we shouldn’t be doing, which can risk a bird’s health, and in some cases lead to death. Here’s the RSPB’s advice on what not to do.
1. Don’t put out fat balls in netting
Fat balls may be a great energy source for birds, but not when they’re housed in nylon netting, which is often used for easy hanging but can end up trapping birds’ feet or beaks, leading to injury or even death. If you buy fat balls, remove them from any nets and put them in a safer, bespoke hanging feeder. or leave them loose on a bird table.
2. Don’t give them food poisoning
Foods to avoid which are dangerous for birds include cooking fat from the roast, or Christmas turkey mixed with meat juices during cooking to make a runny, greasy mixture. This sticks to feathers and stops them from being waterproof. It is often full of salt too, which is toxic to birds. Other foods to avoid are dessicated coconut, which may swell once inside a bird and cause death, cooked porridge oats or milk, which can damage a bird’s gut.
3. Don’t put out too much food
If food turns mouldy or stale on your bird table, you are probably putting out too much for the birds to eat in one day. Many moulds are harmless, but some can cause respiratory infections in birds, so it’s best to be cautious and avoid mouldy food entirely. Always remove any stale or mouldy food promptly, as it provides a breeding ground for parasites and bacteria.
Keep bird tables, feeders and surrounding areas clean, washing them regularly (ideally, using a 5% disinfectant solution) and move feeding stations to a new area every month to prevent droppings accumulating underneath.
Source EADT (East Anglian Daily Times) http://www.eadt.co.uk/property/top-tips-for-safeguarding-birdlife-in-the-garden-1-5341671
Via RSPB !
Source RSPB (https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/)
GB Seeds & Agrii are delighted to announce the addition of a new 26 tonne truck to our fleet, Not only is this truck more fuel efficient then it predecessor but will help us to continue and deliver an excellent customer experience !
Minimising Disease Risks
Minimising common diseases of garden birds are
spread by contamination of food with the
droppings or saliva of infected birds. The risk
increases when many birds feed at the same
places day after day for long periods. To
minimise the risks:
• Use several feeding sites, to reduce
numbers at any one place
• ‘Rotate’ between feeding sites, so not all
are in constant use — rest periods will help
to reduce infection levels
• Clean and disinfect feeders/feeding sites
regularly*, especially in the months January to
May. Rinse and air-dry feeders before re-use
• Maintain careful personal hygiene
Brushes and equipment used for cleaning bird
feeders, tables and baths should not be used
for other purposes and should be kept and
used outside. Rubber gloves should be worn
and hands should be washed afterwards (some
diseases can also affect humans and pets).
source / reference: Garden Wildlife Health (www.gardenwildlifehealth.org)
Fledgling Friendly Bird Feed
GB Seed has just released there new Fledgling Friendly seed mix for wild birds.
This special mix is made up of carefully chosen seeds, which are produced in small easy bite size pieces to help give these young birds a better start in life.
– Ideally suited for feeding young birds
– High energy
– Good nutrition to aid healthy development
– Wheat free
– Low Mess
– Easy digestible
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