My little emu chicks have already visibly grown. If I could find my kitchen scales, I’d weigh them. They are eating really well and today they ran around the yard very energetically. They are much more steady on their feet. They also tried eating grass and weeds. They found a little patch of quartz gravel and ate a few bits, which will help them grind their food in their crops.
They already know what they are doing!
I have just prepared them a new food mixture which I shall freeze in batches. This mix is based on professional advice:
EMU CHICK FOOD MkII.
- Dry dog food: 1 cup
- chicken pellets: 1 cup
- wheat: 1 cup,
- Budgie seed, 1 cup
- half a cauliflower,
- half a broccoli,
- 2 carrots.
All whizzed in the food processor, except the wheat which is too strong. That got pulverised in the blender then mixed in. I am also soaking some wheat to let it sprout.
I don’t think they will be needing this for long, at the rate they are developing. When they are just a little older they wont need the food to be processed. For the Mk III version I shall just chop the veges for them and throw in the other ingredients. I shall also add frozen peas and parrot seed mix. .
The reason for only half a broccoli and cauli is that they are bloody expensive out here, and I have to eat too.