This is a great method of saving seed. So often in this hobby we throw away seed that can be re-used, I’m not condoning bad practice by feeding my bird’s unfit food, certainly not, but there is a strong argument for winnowing seed in my book.
I made this contraption myself and it cost next to nothing – and it looks like it as well.
The story with this piece of simple kit is this.
I feed my birds in the flight using an open tray and topped up on a daily basis – I don’t clean it out every day, I’m a firm believer that at times, our birds should be encouraged to forage for food, by not cleaning off husks daily I have found that they are quite happy to dig for food, as it were. Of course I don’t leave them without food at any time. The outcome is that the tray becomes quite full with a mixture of husks and seed, so when this mixture is put through the winnower, the husks are gone and just plain seed remains. Previous to making the winnower I was throwing out a lot of seed, but now I hardly waste any – a good, cheap investment.
I made my own system out of bits of plastic plumbing stuff that I had in the work-shed, of course if you want to buy new stuff then it will only cost a few quid, but will save you many times that in saving seed rather than just throwing it in the bin with all of the other crap from the aviary.
I don’t recycle any seed from the breeding cages, just to clear that point up.