"A wise supplement for all babies-whether breast or bottle fed-is an egg yolk per day, beginning at four months. Egg yolk supplies cholesterol needed for mental development as well as important sulpher-containing amino acids. Egg yolks from pasture-fed hens or hens raised on flax meal, fish meal or insects are also rich in the omega-3 long-chain fatty acids found in mother's milk but which may be lacking in cow's milk. These fatty acids are essential for the development of the brain. Parents who institute the practice of feeding egg yolk to baby will be rewarded with children who speak and take directions at an early age."
Brilliant! I have three beautiful free-ranging, insect-eating hens right in my backyard! So we decided on soft-boiled egg yolk for Hutch's first food. It just made perfect sense, it's organic, it's an animal protein, it's easy to digest, it's chalk full of beneficial enzymes, it's what baby chick's eat! Now I know a lot of folks are really uptight about fully cooking things like eggs, but if you fully cook the yolk instead of soft-boiling you destroy the enzymes in the yolk, so that's something to keep in mind.
How to do it:
Boil 1 organic egg in water for 3 and a half minutes
Remove, peel and pour YOLK ONLY into a bowl
Sprinkle with a pinch of natural sea salt (helps with brain development)
After the first few weeks Hutcheson suddenly decided he wasn't a fan of the flavor of the yolk so I started adding a bit of mashed, organic or un-gassed banana to his egg yolk. Banana is very easy on a baby's immature digestive system and Hutch loves the flavor.
Here are a few pictures from our first food experience!