Wisbroek Universal Handfeeding

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Before: Avis Cibum Handopfok Extra Plus

Wisbroek Universal Handfeeding is specially developed as Handfeeding food for young (tropical) birds, including canaries. It can also be used as force-feeding for 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 youngsters in one brood, it may happen that the youngest one is not fed enough by the parents. It will then have to be fed by hand.

Wisbroek Universal Handfeeding is a natural, energy-rich handfeeding food. It has been specially developed on a scientific basis to feed small birds. The recipe of Wisbroek Universal 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 probiotic in Wisbroek Universal Handfeeding supports the resistance of the birds. The feed is easily digestible.

Universal Handfeeding has an extra fine structure and is therefore suitable to be given via a crop needle (0.8 mm).

Advice for use

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

Wisbroek Handfeeding Extra Plus

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?

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Wisbroek Universal Handfeeding is suitable for handfeeding small (tropical) birds, including canaries.

Wisbroek Universal Handfeeding

was previously

Avis Cibum Handopfok Extra Plus

Avis Cibum continued under the wings of Wisbroek in early 2022. The supplements are a nice addition to Wisbroek’s existing range. We are working closely with the founders of Avis Cibum to further optimise current products and develop several new ones. The range of supplements will therefore continue to expand under the name Wisbroek!


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

Analytic constituents

Crude protein 21%
Crude ash 9,6%
Crude fat 9%
Crude fibre 3,7%
Calcium 2,2%
Phosphorus 1,05%
Sodium 0,28%


Nutritional additives
Vitamin A (3a672a) 12.000 IE/kg
Vitamin D3 (3a671) 3.000 IE/kg
Manganese (3b502) 156 mg/kg
Vitamin E (3a700) 120 mg/kg
Iron (3b103) 90 mg/kg
Zinc (3b605) 78 mg/kg
Zinc (3b603) 18,5 mg/kg
Copper (3b413) 18 mg/kg
Iodine (3b202) 1,9 mg/kg
Selenium (3b801) 0,42 mg/kg
Technical additives
Propyl gallate (e310) 225 mg/kg
BHT (e321) 24 mg/kg
BHA (e320) 6 mg/kg
Zootechnical additives
Phytase (4a19) 1380 FTU/kg
Xylanase (4a11) 2100 U/kg

Disclaimer: Wisbroek is continuously working on an optimal composition of the various feed types. Mentioned values may therefore deviate from the actual product. See the label on the package for the exact composition.

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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