Originally Posted by dolfi
How do I mix my own feed. Can you input on that? That sounds interesting and Chipper $$$
I don't do it, so I can't, but beekissed, who started this thread was doing it. Hopefully someone else will chime in with some help on what you need, and you can always start reading the first 40ish pages to find out what she was doing, though that was for chickens, not quail.
I do know that roasted soybeans make up the bulk of the protein at around 40-45% protein and that corn traditionally is used for energy. I only use non-GMO feed, but it does use corn and soybean, which I'd love to stop using. There's a feed that's available in the States that doesn't have soy or corn and uses peanut meal for protein. I'm sure you can look up feed bills for mixing your own, but you might need a grinder, especially for quail. I do have a Diamant mill and a rolling mill, so I could easily crack my own grains, but I've got enough on my plate with three types of animals and my next generation garden, so I'm just going with the high quality non-GMO feed that's readily available and $21 CAD, which isn't too bad. I'm sure I'll get into it eventually, mostly because whole grains can keep for decades while cracked grains lose their nutrition quickly.
After only 24 hours, my quail chicks now swarm the feeder when I put in new feed. They're growing so fast, but I'm already using less feed than the day before, which is a big reduction, given how much they ramp up their consumption. I'm also filling the waterer far less, which more than makes up for any extra work with fermenting, and it's not even fully fermented yet. I'm sold big time.