adding protein to game feed

Discussion in 'Quail' started by magsrags, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    I purchassed the only available game bird feed here locally and it is only 24% protein.
    Now what besides adding hard boiled eggs to thediet..... do you folks suggest I start my peeps off when they hatch later this week? I only bought 5 lbs. of this one, as I of course want a higher protein % for my next purchase. I just need time to locate some in the meantime.
    TIA
     
  2. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

    589
    3
    131
    Jun 1, 2009
    Toronto
    I would grind up 2 or 3 cups of catfood in your food processor or coffee grinder and mix it into the 5lbs of food.
     
  3. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    Check the protein and fat content of the cat food too.
    Some is better low.

    Between the horses, goats and birds I have become an avid label reader!
     
  4. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    Thanks so much! that makes it easy enough.[​IMG]

    Do quail peeps like a soft mash the way chickens do once they get eating?
     
  5. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

    589
    3
    131
    Jun 1, 2009
    Toronto
    I just feed mine chick starter crumbles mixed with ground catfood. I use catfood instead of kitten food too, because of the lower fat content.

    What do you mean by 'soft mash'? I've never heard this.
     
  6. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    Quote:Feed with yogurt or some other liquids mixed in to make it soft. I make my chicks soft foods early on for a treat and they dive right into it. I just wondered if quail liked "soft foods" and if I could serve it up.
     
  7. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    Let us know.... [​IMG]
     
  8. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    7,584
    81
    293
    Mar 2, 2009
    BROOKSVILLE FL
    Quote:Feed with yogurt or some other liquids mixed in to make it soft. I make my chicks soft foods early on for a treat and they dive right into it. I just wondered if quail liked "soft foods" and if I could serve it up.

    YES THEY WILL EAT SOFT MASH
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    23,381
    37
    351
    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    They'll also waste a lot less if it is a mash. Why do you need to increase the protein if it's already 24%?? I feed my babies 20% and they do fine.
     
  10. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    Quote:In other threads people said 27% or more protein so was best? Now I am confused, but that doesn't take much.[​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by