Wisbroek Softbill Handfeeding

Wisbroek Softbill Handfeeding is a handfeeding specially developed for young of softbills. It is easily digestible and provides all nutritional needs of the young. It can also be used as force-feeding of sick or straggling young birds.


How does it work?

Handfeeding may be necessary if, for example, the parent bird dies or the parents refuse to feed. If there are several young birds in one brood, it may happen that the youngest one is not being fed enough by the parents. It will then have to be fed by hand.

Wisbroek Softbill Handfeeding is a natural, high-energy rearing food. It is specially and scientifically developed to feed young softbills. The recipe of Wisbroek Softbill Handfeeding contains special building blocks such as certified blood plasma. This promotes the development of muscle tissue. Vitamin A and natural vitamins K1 and K2 support a healthy bone matrix and optimal bone structure. In addition, they promote the growth of the embryo. Finally, the probiotics in Wisbroek Softbill Handfeeding support the resistance of the birds. The feed is easily digestible. The fine structure makes it possible to feed it with a crop needle (0.8 mm).

Advice for use

To make the Handfeeding and feed it to the bird, you need the following:

  • Wisbroek Softbill Handfeeding
  • Small syringe
  • Cup needle or feeding spoon
  • Container to prepare the food
  • Sturdy container to put the bird in during feeding


Boiled water is the best way to prepare the porridge. Make sure that you let the water cool down to a temperature of 35C. At this temperature the enzymes do their work best and the Handfeeding food has a nice structure.

Dosage: Add 1 part Universal Handfeeding to 1 part (max. 3 parts) water. Stir until all the powder is dissolved. Leave it to stand for 5-10 minutes and stir again until an even porridge forms. It is important to let the porridge thicken well, so that the structure can pass through the feeder easily.

Important: Never add additives to the Handfeeding food. This disturbs the composition.

Feed the youngster:

Draw up the porridge with a syringe and press the air out. Place the youngster in a small sturdy container that makes it feel like a nest. Tip: A cut-up plastic bottle, for example, is very suitable for this. Place a piece of paper towels at the bottom. Usually the chick will hatch when you tap on the edge of the nest. The Wisbroek Universal Handfeeding can then be fed with a feeding syringe or a feeding spoon.

Storing Handfeeding food

After preparation, the Handfeeding food can be kept for a maximum of 8 hours. Store it at room temperature and out of the sun. Never put it in the refrigerator, because this is too cold for the (young) bird and reduces the effect of the feed.


Wash your hands thoroughly before use and use clean materials. Clean all the equipment (the containers, syringes, crop needles, etc.) well after use. Hygiene is of vital importance when handfeeding young birds.

Remove droppings:

You can often tell a bird's health from its droppings. After feeding, check whether there is faeces in the nest. If this is the case, then remove it. In principle, the young bird will produce neat droppings after each feeding. This is contained in a membrane and can be taken out of the nest in its entirety with, for instance, a pair of tweezers.

Attention: If the membrane around the faeces of the young bird is missing, it cannot be picked up with tweezers or between the fingers. It is then possible that the youngster has a bacterial infection. In this case, have the faeces examined by a specialised veterinarian. If necessary, the vet can prescribe the right medication. This medication can then be added to the Handfeeding food.

Who is it suitable for?

Wisbroek Softbill Handfeeding is suitable for young softbills.


Wheat, maize, wheat protein concentrate, locust bean gum, rape oil, blood plasma, powdered eggs, yeast, calcium carbonate,  monocalcium phosphate, lecithin, monoammonium phosphate.

Analytische bestanddelen

Crude protein22%
Crude ash9,6%
Crude fat8%
Crude fribre3,7%


Nutritional additives
Vitamin A12.000 IE/kg
Vitamin D33.000 IE/kg
Manganese156 mg/kg
Vitamin E120 mg/kg
Iron90 mg/kg
Zinc (3b605)78 mg/kg
Zinc (3b603)18,5 mg/kg
Copper18 mg/kg
Iodine1,9 mg/kg
Selenium0,42 mg/kg
Technical additives
Propyl gallate225 mg/kg
BHT24 mg/kg
BHA6 mg/kg
Zootechnical additives
Phytase1380 FTU/kg
Xylanase2100 U/kg
1,3×10¨9 Bacillus subtilis en Bacillus licheniformis (1:1) (4b1700i)
Disclaimer: Wisbroek werkt continu aan een optimale samenstelling van de diverse voersoorten. Genoemde waarden kunnen derhalve afwijken van het daadwerkelijke product. Zie het etiket op de verpakking voor de exacte samenstelling.

High diversity

The high diversity in raw materials makes our Wisbroek food a perfect balanced recipe for birds. 

Natural ingredients

In our Wisbroek food we include natural ingredients that birds eat in the wild.  

Worldwide fed by zoos 

Zoos around the world have been recommending our food and feeding it to their birds for years.

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