1. Nutritional composition
Nutritional value per 100 gr:
Crude protein 9 grams; Carbohydrate 75 grams; Fat 1.8 grams; Crude cellulose 3.3 grams; Ashes, 3.4 grams.
Mineral value per 100 gr:
Calcium 44 mg; Phosphorus 177 mg; Iron 8.5 mg.
Vitamins for 100 gr:
Thiamine (B1) 470.5 mg; Riboflavin (B2) 100.1 mg; Niacin (B3) 190.9 mg.
Amino acids :
Cysteine 2.5%; Isoleucine 4.1%; Leucine 11.4%; 2.5% lysine; Methionine 4.5%; Phenylalanine 6.3%; Threonine 3.7%; Tryptophan 1.6%; Tyrosine 3.5%; Valine 5.5%.
Energy value: 1541 KJ
2. Study and effects of the seed
According to the links below, research has shown that foniopaddy has an anti-coccidiosis effect.
3. Advice, Advice and Observations
I distribute the foniopaddy in my zebrafinch breeding since 2015, I inform you of my return below.
The effect of this seed is characterized by drier and reduced droppings (smaller sizes).
At the beginning, most zebrafinch do not eat this seed, you have to let them discover it by mixing it for example with the farmed pâté or sprinkle it on the seed mixture (every day, because the foniopaddy is a small seed that will go quickly to the bottom of the manger) during 1 to 2 weeks. Then I leave the foniopaddy free distribution all year round in buckets.
I also distribute daily during the feeding, arranged above the breeding pie. I find it also beneficial to weaning, its small size makes it easier for young people coming out of the nest.
I give them a quantity of the value of a tablespoon of foniopaddy for 15 zebrafinch every 3 days. There is no limit, however, and since then I have not seen any contraindications. A large consumption does not cause any problem, nor is it indispensable of course. Some zebrafinch consume more than others.
The cost per kilo (10 to 11 euros) is not negligible. By cons I can tell you that even distributed self-service and saw the ratio number / size of the seed in a kilo, consumption is not extravagant.
Since its incorporation into the diet of my breeding, no case of coccidiosis is declared. I think that the fact that this seed tightens the tissues and therefore gives a smaller and dry droppings, it reduces the risks that this disease is declared. But do not prevent it or vaccinate against coccidiosis.
I advise you to focus mainly on this text : La fonio paddy , to get the best idea of the action of foniopaddy.