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post #1 of 27
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Does anyone out there make their own feed?  If so can they share concoctions?  I would like to make my own feed to save money.  I have a feed mill close by but they don't carry any game bird feed.  So looking for feed that I could possibly feed the Quail and some turkeys.

Thanks

post #2 of 27

Can quail eat fish? If so, you are in the right place for that! (partied in Ft. Washington during Fish Days many many many moons ago big_smile )

All kidding aside, there are two things i will be doing to supplement my quail and ducks feed in Spring. 1. growing red wiggler worms and 2. meal worms. Have to finish the outdoor quail pen first though. It wont get them totally off commercial feed, but it will make it last longer. I look forward to seeing if anyone has a good feed formula.


Edited by Wifezilla - 12/7/09 at 4:27pm
7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 

How do you grow worms?  What are red wigglers?  And how would you grow meal worms?  Got to be cheaper than purchasing them.

As for Port Washington.  I try to stay away from town during fish days.  It smells like a giant oil vat with fish.  And if the humidity is high, which it normally is since it is during july.  It is even worse.

post #4 of 27

Here is a site that lists instructions. I have some naturally in my compost pile, I just want to ramp it up a notch. Red wigglers are made for compost piles and 5 ducks can eat a LOT of worms! LOL
http://www.cityfarmer.org/wormcomp61.html

As for meal worms...
http://www.sialis.org/raisingmealworms.htm

7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
Reply
7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
Reply
post #5 of 27

Wifezilla Ur Not Planning On FEEding That To Chicks Are You? Cause That Wld Be Bad....


Edited by JJMR794 - 12/7/09 at 7:13pm
I'm Not Yelling!... Thanx Anyway, But Its The Best Way For Me To Read The Print On The Screen.....LF Cochins, SERAMA, RINGNECK AND RUFFED PHEASANTS, MEL. MUTANT RINGNECKS, BLUE SLATE TURKEYS, MALLARDS, WOOD DUCKS, ROUENS, BUTLER BOB WHITES, COTURNIX. PM ME FOR EGG AVAILABILITIES!
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I'm Not Yelling!... Thanx Anyway, But Its The Best Way For Me To Read The Print On The Screen.....LF Cochins, SERAMA, RINGNECK AND RUFFED PHEASANTS, MEL. MUTANT RINGNECKS, BLUE SLATE TURKEYS, MALLARDS, WOOD DUCKS, ROUENS, BUTLER BOB WHITES, COTURNIX. PM ME FOR EGG AVAILABILITIES!
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post #6 of 27

Will your feed mill make a recipe for you, mine does, I've got a recipe that I use for chicks, Quail, Turkeys. About 23%

STANDARD:  Wheaten, Black, Blue Ameraucana, Splash, Partridge Silkies, Ga Noi, Lavender Orpington, SQ Black Minorca, Black Langshan, RC RIR
BANTAM: SQ Black Mottled d'Uccles, SQ Gold Neck, Butterscotch & Mottled Buff Booted, Black, Blue & Mille Fleur Cochin, Serama,
Winnebago Co Poultry Superintendent, WI Pullorum Tester

 

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STANDARD:  Wheaten, Black, Blue Ameraucana, Splash, Partridge Silkies, Ga Noi, Lavender Orpington, SQ Black Minorca, Black Langshan, RC RIR
BANTAM: SQ Black Mottled d'Uccles, SQ Gold Neck, Butterscotch & Mottled Buff Booted, Black, Blue & Mille Fleur Cochin, Serama,
Winnebago Co Poultry Superintendent, WI Pullorum Tester

 

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post #7 of 27

This is the way I see it, and I admire the do it your self attitude, but what is the cost savings?

I pay $16.42 per 50# bag for 30% protein game bird starter. That is 33 cents a pound. Add to that the man hours used to secure that bag of feed; about 30min.
Now, how much higher protein bird food can you produce in your basement for 33 cents a pound, in 30 min. ?

post #8 of 27
Thread Starter 

Canter,

I would not mind purchasing it but my feed mill does not carry it.  And the next closest feed mill is an hour away and they don't carry it.  So if I can find a mixture or a producer I may be able to get my mill to purchase or mix and mill it for me.  That is the main thing.  And I want high protein as you have so that they layers can lay and the meat birds can pack on some meat.

post #9 of 27

Wifezilla Ur Not Planning On FEEding That To Chicks Are You?


I don't have any chicks. Just adult birds.

7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
Reply
7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
Reply
post #10 of 27

If you can get a chick starter even you can grind up a good quality dry cat food and mix it. Cat food is extremely high protein and will increase your chick starter which should already contain vitamins ect. It is a time consuming process. I would see if you can get the store to special order the game bird feed. Even spacial order costing a small amount more would be worth it for you.

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