Hi, There are a lot of concerns raised on the net and elsewhere about the use of Soy products in hand rearing formula and pellets. It has been suggested that birds dont digest Soy as well as humans, that it alters hormone levels, that chicks dont thrive on formula containing Soy etc.
Our birds do well on pellets fruit and veg. When we have to pull chicks we use commercial product as I feel a team of nutritionists must know better than us. I also feel it best to leave a chick as long as possible with it parents as we cant duplicate many of the things nature provides. Some breeders mix their own formula because they dont like Soy and feel that different species have different needs.
I was hoping some thoughts may be given with regards to the use of Soy and why it is used and the benefits of hand rearing as opposed to parent reared. Some claim parent reared chicks can be friendly if the owners have good relationships with the parents.