early JUNE 2001, I read with much interest in a German
ornithological journal an article written by a breeder
about the use of the FONIOPADDY seed.
explained he had heard about this seed at an exhibition
in Holland in late 2000. He reported that FONIOPADDY
was actually a wild seed coming from Africa, more
accurately from Uganda.
is a Dutch importer, whom I happened to meet in NOVEMBER
2001 during the IPOS international exhibition, at
LORRACH, Germany, who discovered this seed and its
specific virtues completely by chance.
fact, it happened that as he was one day on a trip,
his Ugandan employees captured various African species
of grain-eaters and then realised that the usual seeds
given to the birds were missing.
employees had thus no other choice left but to pick
up wild grasses and seeds to give to the birds.
to everyone's surprise, all the birds - including
those obviously suffering from COCCIDIOSE - were in
great form after less than a week of that diet.
fact, the main virtue of the FONIOPADDY is to prevent
- and above all to cure - COCCIDIOSE.
three long years this seed was planted by the Dutch
importer and analysed by the Ugandan veterinary authorities.
Each week, the faeces of all the captured birds were
analysed and examined.
According to the declarations of the aforementioned
veterinary authorities, the results were amazing!
less than a week of FONIOPADDY diet, there was not
the slightest trace of coccidiose left in faeces!
the birds that were obviously healthy but had been
in contact with sick birds had not developed the disease!
to the tests carried out, this light brown seed -
which is thin and very small - must be given 2 to
3 times a week to the tune of 5 to 7 grams per bird.
was quite sceptical, but as I had the opportunity
to buy as soon as JUNE 2001 2 kilograms of this seed
directly to the aforementioned Dutch importer, I decided
to try it and to give it to my canaries of posture.
it was a wild seed, I had no risk to lose all my birds
in case of a possible overdose.
soon as I received the FONIOPADDY , I immediately
- following the instructions - distributed this seed
to my birds in separate feeding dishes.
due to its small size and weight, it would fall at
the bottom of the dish if added to the traditional
mix of seeds and the birds would then be unable to
once, my canaries of posture fell upon the dishes
like starving birds and after less than a half-day
all the dishes containing the FONIOPADDY were empty!
a couple of days, I noticed that some of my birds,
especially the oldest ones and those looking unwell
and that I could not resign myself to kill, made slightly
more liquid droppings than the others.
fact, after a few other days, all the birds had recovered
an excellent health, including the oldest and the
then, my birds make well-shaped droppings with no
trace of diarrhoea nor constipation.
the newly acquired birds went through the same "treatment"
and presented after one week the aforementioned symptoms,
but got over it very quickly.
ensure that all the birds would eat the FONIOPADDY
, I decided to mix the seeds with my slightly moistened
six months of use, I am fairly convinced this seed
has only advantages and above all, the health of my
birds improved significantly. Since then, I have lost
no bird because of coccidiose!
to German breeders who have been using the seed for
more than one year, and with whom I had a chat, the
results as regards reproduction seem to be very spectacular.
as the risks of diarrhoeas among the nestling are
ruled out, the chicks develop quickly and beautifully.
breeders of canaries are used to medicating their
birds with antibiotics before the breeding season
to avoid the coccidiose. They must also give them
afterwards multivitamin complexes to counterbalance
the side-effects of antibiotics. But they can avoid
all these nuisances simply by using a natural and
wild seed that has undergone no processing!
must reckon that I have been, like all the users of
FONIOPADDY , truly amazed by its effects on the health
of my canaries of posture.
course, FONIOPADDY is not exclusively reserved for
the canaries but also for all the other grain-eaters
and especially those which are more sensitive to coccidiose.
cannot help but recommend you to try it.
course, I remain at your disposal for any further
detail about that seed.
A few remarks about the use of the FONIOPADDY seed
the release of an article in a breeder's journal,
many readers contacted me to have further information
about that seed.
want to thank them for their kindness and I did my
best to answer their questions.
most frequently asked question was to know where the
FONIOPADDY could be bought.
I discovered this seed during the summer 2001, my
only address was the FLORALIA company, in the Netherlands,
where I bought my first two kilograms.
only problem was actually the very significant stamp
charges for the postal parcels between the Netherlands
and France, nearly 18.3 €!
is not until the NATIONAL exhibition of the UOF COM
France in Belfort on December 8-9, 2001 - to which
I had the pleasure to participate as a volunteer -
that I happened to know that a company located in
Franche Comté (French department) sold the
the price was much lower than that of the Dutch importer,
and the company dispatched by the post the prepaid
commands at a normal postage rate!
company is EXOTIC 2000, (click here for further details)
note that I am in no way interest in that business.
frequent question concerned the proportions and the
way to that seed must be given to the birds.
regards its use, I provide my birds with FONIOPADDY
every day and all the year long, mixed with an excellent
mash slightly moistened, to the tune of one yoghurt
pot for approximately one kilo of mash.
soon as I notice that a bird is looking unwell (somnolent,
) I do not hesitate to double the
proportion of FONIOPADDY , or even to give the pure
seed in a small cup instead of the seed mix and the
the bird eats the FONIOPADDY , then it is alright.
On the contrary, if the bird refuses the FONIOPADDY
, I mix a large amount (two thirds) with mash or with
the seed mix (one third).
during the breeding season, I do not hesitate to increase
significantly the amount of FONIOPADDY .
also noticed that if I give a small amount of charcoal
powder to my canaries, they no longer suffer from
the diarrhoea seen shortly after the first absorption
of FONIOPADDY (see above).
any case, it is useless to alter anything else in
the diet of the birds.
that since I have been using the FONIOPADDY , I have
not lost a single bird by disease.
course, that does not authorise us to be less vigilant.
We must absolutely see to the perfect hygiene of the
breeding room and bring all the care and attention
necessary for the birds we love so much.
hope I have answered the most frequent questions and
remain at the disposal of the readers who wish to
have further details.