Continuing with the series of partridge pictures, here’s a photo I just took of the single grey partridge at almost precisely four weeks old. He’s come on in leaps and bounds, but I’m very conscious of the fact that he’s been on poultry feed, which doesn’t have nearly a high enough protein content for him. In the wild, grey partridge chicks can flutter for short distances by the time they’re four weeks old, whereas this guy is hardly able to get his arse off the ground.
I won’t make the same mistake again, and the handful of partridges I hatched off yesterday will get the full treatment courtesy of Mr. Marsden. I like the look of the extra fine chick crumbs, which have a protein content of around 30%, being designed to mimick the wild bird’s natural inclination to eat bugs and beasties. It’s hardly surprising that this single partridge is lagging behind, since the crumbs I’ve been feeding it on have a protein content of just over 17%.