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Baby Quail Feed

Discussion in 'Quail' started by zbraswell92, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. zbraswell92

    zbraswell92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking of using Nutrena 18% chick starter and adding Organic Feather meal and a pinch of Organic bonemeal (for minerals.)
    I would need to use a ratio of chick feed to feather meal of 3:1 to get a protein content of roughly 33%. Is this enough nutrients for growing quail chicks?
    My chicks are due to hatch a week from today. I was going to run to TSC to get the chick feed. I ordered the organic feather meal and bonemeal online.
    I give my quail layers feathermeal and bonemeal mixed with their layer diet and they absolutely love it!
    (Along with freeze dried meal worms and scratch as treats.)
    So, will this 3:1 ratio work for quail chicks?
    Any opinions?
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    You don't need 33% protein for quail chicks. I would cut this down to about 28% protein. 33% is a bit high.

    I use Dumor quail starter from Tractor Supply. It has 24% protein in it. But using the feather meal will work as well.
     
  3. zbraswell92

    zbraswell92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks. I've heard of people give feed as high as 35% protein to quail chicks!!
    It'll save me a few bucks on feather meal now too!
    :p
    My layer diet evens out around 25-27% protein. This way I can give them treats like whole sorghum and cracked corn to lower the protein a bit.
    I don't put the bone meal in my Roo's feed. Roos don't need any extra Ca. Plus, there's already Ca & Ph in Layer feed. Haha
    Anyways, thanks a lot. :)
     

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