Originally Posted by Ivywoods
Here is a link with a breakdown on nutritional value of egg white vs. egg yolk. There is more protien in the egg white. The yolk has more fat, cholesterol, etc. but more of many of the other nutrients are found in the yolk.
In the case of a sick chick, I think syringing in the raw yolk is fine. If you are going to scramble some up to give to your chicks, scramble the whole egg.
Good to know! Thanks Ivy! In my case, the chick couldn't eat the white and it nearly killed him. But when they are big birds, it would certainly be doable.
Originally Posted by Ivywoods
Danz-I've seen your polish boys and they are NICE. Gosh... they need some nice WCB girls to go with them. Wish I knew someone that had some. They would make some very nice breeders.
Maybe I should bring one of your boys home and wait for a pullet????? ... oh yeah... like I need another variety. I do like the polish though. When I was in 4H as a kid I had the overall grand champion chickens at the state fair (4H and open class), back when we showed in "trios." They were golden laced beared polish, LF.
I really wish they were full size, because I'd buy a WCB roo! Although, I have two silkie roos in there right now I need to get rid of. My favorite are the non-bearded polish, they look so neat with the big crest on their little heads. Ivy, that is neat that you used to show GL polish when you were a kid! I have fond memories of my WCB's that I showed when I was a kid. That is fantastic that you are getting some of your sister's OE's!! I LOVE those things!! I sure wish I had the room, because I could get into those in a heart beat, they are so darned cute!
Originally Posted by tweetysvoice
This reminds me of my silkies when they get their wet food. They are almost 6 weeks old now and I've started giving them the wet every other day just to make sure they are eating the dry as well. The wet is now more of a treat. I don't remember who mentioned that their birds weren't growing, but wow - mine are still so tiny. They look like 2 week old normal birds! I don't know when I'm ever going to get them out of the house. They have to be big enough to put into a dog kennel for separation for a while until the other birds get used to them. Right now they'd squeeze right out the bars. I have weened them off of a light during the night, so they are getting closer. They are seriously in their ugly stage right now. I keep forgetting to take pics and post them.
Learn something new every day! When i heard about people feeding egg yolk only, i thought that meant the scrambled eggs as well. I've been separating and just scrambling the yolks - which is not that easy! LOL
Month old silkies should be big enough not to fit thru a wire dog kennel. You should take a picture so we can see how big they are now. I'm sure they are fine, but maybe they are just really slow to grow. The egg yolk thing only makes sense raw-- because I realized first hand that you can quickly choke them and shut off their breathing if you attempt to do the whites and yolk raw in a syringe-- the whites don't break down. The white just come out as a string and it won't break off and it nearly killed my chick. I had to pull it back out, dump my egg and start over again with just the yolk.
I have had a CRAZY morning. I damaged my barn this morning. I woke up at 6am and quickly rushed to get outside because I didn't want to work in the heat. I got my breeze way mucked out and used the tractor to scoop it all out and clear out. Unfortunatley, I was sooo exhausted after all the manual labor of mucking with the pitch fork that by the time I was putting the tractor up and driving it back thru the barn, I ran the front loader into my huge sliding door and pinned it into the side of the barn and put a tear right into the metal!! ARGH!! My DH is going to KILL me!!!!!! Then I backed it up, and THEN, I hit the front loaded into the side of a horse stall and messed up the wood. OMG!!!! I am working on like half a brain this morning, or something. I finally got the tractor put away with no further incident, but the damage is done. I went out and used the weed eater around my garden, and then did a half dozen other chores outside. I'm tired. My DH is at the gym running... he won't be home until later, so I'm not sure if I should show him all the damage now or wait... I have used that tractor since I was a kid, I know how to handle it, I can't believe I was so clumsy! Oh, I also put out a round bale of hay before I ran the tractor into the barn. It was after all the mucking, and untying the bale and positioning it... that's when I killed the barn. OH, and I nearly got myself killed, too.. I am VERY allergic to wasps and bees. So much so that I have an epi pen in the house after having to run to the ER a couple of times and being in serious trouble. Well, I was trying to unlatch my metal round feeder and I had one side unlatched, and i was pulling it apart (so I can put the new bale of hay inside the feeder) and instead, a swarm of hornets flew up and starting buzzing around trying to figure out who messed with them. But by then, I had already run as fast as I could half way across the field! LOL Seriously, I was like 2 acres away before the hornets could figure it out. So I ended up having to put my round bale just out in the middle of the pasture. Which is really wasteful and stupid. Makes me mad. But I can't get near that darned nest, and it looks like there are a LOT of them.