I'm really excited to get my next set of eggs from James Marie Farm and I'm so glad Robby is helping me out. I will be receiving his new line of meat birds that is crossed with the Canadian line of jumbo Browns that JMF received in 2014. This new line is the meat makers and James Marie line crossed over the Canadian line. Robby is about 6 generations deep with this line and he is trying to constantly improve upon it.
I will also be getting his delayed onset of laying line which sounds very promising and a few double recessive whites.
Anyways, I'm really excited and was wondering if anyone has any good ideas about easy supplements that we can give our birds that may have a big impact on the nutrition our birds receive?
According to this article, http://tru.uni-sz.bg/tsj/TJS-Vol.6%20N4%202008/Genchev_kachestvoEn.pdf
Glutamine is the major non essential amino acid in the meat of quail. Glutamine is a non essential amino acid that can be made from glutamic acid. I focus on this amino acid because it is the major component of the skeletal muscle and powdered forms are easily available at nutrition stores, body builders often take it as a supplement. I wonder if supplementation of this amino acid will help with adding size to our birds?
We should also talk about Lysine and Leucine as these two essential AAs cannot be made by quails but I'm not sure how difficult it would be to find powdered forms of these AAs.
In the meantime, I will be growing more organic wheatgrass and supplementing my birds water with as much wheatgrass juice as I can churn out. Wheat grass is high in protein, minerals and live plant enzymes, if you can get it to your birds within about 15 minutes. I already juice wheatgrass for my family so juicing extra for my birds will not impose much additional work to my routine.
By adding high nutrition supplements to my quails water, I can hopefully increase the health of my birds and maximize their genetic potential. From my observations, it appears my quail drink about twice as much water as they take in from their dried crumble food. I know they drink a lot of water so adding wheatgrass juice is an easy way to sneak in extra protein and vitamins and minerals without filling up your birds. If you think about it cows pack on a lot of meat and have strong bones, mostly by eating grass.