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post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Lazys View Post
 

I have 30 quail. I split them into two cages of 15 each.  they are just 8 weeks old.   I was using the red flip top chick feeder and it worked OK...they still threw the feed out. 


Then I got what is pictured.  they threw out half the feed in minutes....  and these were sold to me as quail feeders.  I ended up putting them in half a box that is about 3 inches high all around so they have to get in it to eat.  they still throw it out, but it is not on the ground. 

I needed a way to have a larger amount of feed so I didn't have to have someone come 2-3 times a day to feed them. 


Yes it's discouraging to see all that wasted feed!  Try raising your feeder so they have to stretch just a bit to eat from it.  I have a succession of bricks and blocks that I use for chicks and I change them out often as they grow so the feeder stays at a good height.  A pan of some sort under it will help catch spilled feed and give them a second chance at the feed before it goes through the wire. 

 

Also give them something to dust bath in.  They are less likely to sling their feed if they have adequate dust bathing opportunities.

post #12 of 15
Mine stick their heads out of the cage to reach their feed, it's perfect, no waste smile.pngt
post #13 of 15

I posted photos of my feeders in another feeder forum, but wanted to say that to keep poop out of the feeders, all of mine are hanging.  Starting as they grow after the first week, waterer and feeder get hung from the ceilings of my wire cages.  I raise them as necessary about once every week until they are grown.  Then I set the height so that they have to work at it by stretching a little to get the feed and having installed a restrictor (drink bottle top; cut off and glued in) and that practically eliminates waste for me.

 

    


The 2nd photo shows the relative heighth of the feeder to the 40 day olds.

 

Gary

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by fnwolffie View Post

Mine stick their heads out of the cage to reach their feed, it's perfect, no waste smile.pngt


That is a very neat clean cage.  Where did you get it?  Build it yourself?

Gary

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by GardenLeo View Post


That is a very neat clean cage.  Where did you get it?  Build it yourself?
Gary
Wynola Ranch in Julian, Ca I think they ship cages as well smile.png
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