My Nesting Food Recipe
by Darrell Horst

Published in the Pacific American Singer newsletter, volume 6, number 2, April 1999.

I actually should say Ella Galik's recipe. She shared it with melast year and it has become a staple for my conditioning and nestingfood. I've altered it slightly to fit the items I have available. Iknow many of you have your own favorite recipes. Many people havebeen very successful feeding just commercial nesting food. I guessthere is just this feeling I have that I want to play a part in theraising of my chicks and making this nesting food up every couple ofdays gives me that satisfaction.

This conditioning/nesting food includes 2-tsp. couscous (which Ibarely cover with water and let it absorb the water. I add this to ½cup Bisko, 1 T. graded carrot, 1 T. graded apple or other fruit, 1 T.graded broccoli or other green veggie, ½ tsp. scraped cuttlebone, 1T. soaked seed, ½ tsp. bee pollen and 1/8 tsp. of poppy seed. I giveabout ¼ teaspoon of this mixture to each bird on a daily basis. If ahen is incubating eggs, I do not feed this when she is sitting oneggs. I resume the nesting food the day before the chicks are due tohatch. Once the chicks are hatched the above recipe is increased toprovide enough nesting food for the young chicks. I feed them twicea day. Since I'm gone all day, I feed this in a flat dish or lid tohelp keep it from spoiling. I add about 1/3 of a hard-boiled egg tothis recipe on the weekends. Weekends also give me a chance toalternate this recipe with a cornbread recipe.

If I'm getting my hens ready for breeding, I will add about apinch of wheat germ to their portion of the above conditioning food.I will occasionally (once per week) add the wheat germ to the malesfood also. (Other than wheat germ, other conditioning food items toconsider are bee pollen, soaked hemp and sprouted seed). Again, insmall quantities.

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