Just found this forum and joined. I'm the administrator of the SEP Board (Survival and Emergency Preparedness). That board, just as the name implies, is all about the plethora of topics associated with emergency preparations (food, water disinfection, medical, shelter etc). We also have a section on self reliance. As such, I've been making efforts to become more self reliant. I have a great garden established (for several years now). I raise rabbits and just got interested in raising quail. Doing research led me to this forum and I've already learned a lot.
I built my own cage (learned how to when I designed the rabbit hutch and cages). Prior to finding this forum I purchased a Kindle book off Amazon that seemed to have a decent amount of information in it to get started. I built it 4 feet by 2 feet and 12 inches high (1/2 inch mesh). Monday I purchased 6 female and 2 male coturnix quail and brought them home. Seller indicated they were 3-4 weeks old. They seem to be doing fine so far but reading through the threads here I realize I've started with the wrong food. I bought a 50lbs bag of Purina Game Bird Maintenance. The love the feed but it only has 12.5% protein which reading through various threads seems to be much too low. The same feed store also has the Purina Game Bird and Turkey Startena which has 30% protein. I've seen that recommended here as what is needed for growing them well. So I'll pick that up tomorrow.
Here's a question; what can I do with the maintenance formula? Should I use it and just mix a bit in with the 30% formula or is there something easy and effective that can be added to the maintenance formula to bring the protein up to the needed level? Suggestions would be appreciated.
I plan to DIY the incubator as I like DIY projects. I've seen some good YT projects that seem to have yielded good results. My plan is to do another 4x2 cage to fill with what I'm able to hatch out. From what I've read here and other sources, a 4x2 cage should be sufficient for up to 12 quail? Suggestions on that are also appreciated. Would a couple of males and the rest females be fine for a 4x2?
Thank you and look forward to continued learning from everyone.