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Quail hatch next week, a few questions.

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Hello,  I have 48 eggs incubating right now, they're due this coming Wednesday.  I have my grow pens made, my brooder made, a light source, two feeders made, a few waterers, and I purchased some 24% chick starter.  I'll list my questions:

 

1. What type of grit do I need to have available to them and where do I get it?

 

2. Is 24% enough to feed them or do I need to supplement with say, soybean meal to get to ~30%?  If so, where do I get that?

 

3. Vitamins/Minerals:  Do I need to add this to their water, how much/often, where do I get this?

 

I hope someone can help me out.  I have city water, but plan to use mostly rain water for the quail/garden.  The quail are for meat and eggs, I plan to keep 20 female and 4 males for breeders.  

 

Thank you,

Curtis

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Hello,  I have 48 eggs incubating right now, they're due this coming Wednesday.  I have my grow pens made, my brooder made, a light source, two feeders made, a few waterers, and I purchased some 24% chick starter.  I'll list my questions:

 

1. What type of grit do I need to have available to them and where do I get it?

 

None, their food is water soluble, only need grit if giving them things other than food.

 

2. Is 24% enough to feed them or do I need to supplement with say, soybean meal to get to ~30%?  If so, where do I get that?

 

24% is fine, but 28% would be better. I don't know about soybean meal.

 

3. Vitamins/Minerals:  Do I need to add this to their water, how much/often, where do I get this?

 

These birds are kind of a set it and forget it, very easy to care for. refer to this http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/102281/coturnix-quail-basics-information-and-pictures-galore

 

I hope someone can help me out.  I have city water, but plan to use mostly rain water for the quail/garden.  The quail are for meat and eggs, I plan to keep 20 female and 4 males for breeders.  

 

Thank you,

Curtis

The link i provided should answer all your questions.

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