Bit of a strange 1 but i was eventually getting round to flickng throu the pages of the last copy of Modern Gamekeeping (usually never even bother to open them) but there was a bit of an article on a study carried out by the GWCT on pheasant chicks and using alternative feeding feeding meal worms and other things plus some fine seeds etc, basically a more natural diet as well as there stanard pellets and found the chicks/poults feed this way seemed to survive better in the wild and were in better condition in spring for breeding.
Does anyone know any more info about this? And would feeding meal worms etc to 'normally raised' poults have the same positive effects on them?
I would off put the researchers name in but left the mag up shoot hut last nite (my version of shoot porn, sad man) just had a look on the GCWT website but couldn't find anything. Althou possibly looking in the wrong place as so much info on there
Our birds are arriving anytime depending on weather (latest i had them for years and it is great having an extra 2-3 weeks without worrying about the little f**kers) and was just wondering if worth adding meal worms or anything else as well as the normal pellets, i already add a wild bird seed mix into straw rides. Happy to try anything if it improves the birds and esp if will potentially help them breed more succesfully in the long term
Recently heard of somone putting their chick crumbs on top of streched cling film over an egg tray to get young grey partridge chicks to eat as it makes them move like there alive, seemingly they had no intrest in eating and were straving in first few days. Must admit was confused that chicks never punctured the cling film but i supose are far too small fo that at that stage