button quail hatching

Discussion in 'Quail' started by dickies chics, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. dickies chics

    dickies chics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just won an auction for some button quail eggs, do you incubate them the same as chicken eggs? Once they are (hopefully) hatched what kind of food do I start them on? Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. quailbrain

    quailbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are 16 days to hatch. Stop turning on day 13. Once they hatch ground up high protein gamebird starter for food works best. If it's not the size of cornmeal or so they can starve cause they are very small. They are great and you'll love them!!!!!
     
  3. dickies chics

    dickies chics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:can we use chic starter and normal chicken food? or do we need special food.
     
  4. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    I've always used chick starter from Dumor. 24%. I've also never ground or crunched up the crumbles. Day old button quail get along just fine with chick crumbles straight from the bag.
     
  5. smallbluejellybean

    smallbluejellybean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some of my new buttons. I feed them 1/2 chick starter ground up with 1/2 hand rearing mix. They seem to love it.
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  6. quailbrain

    quailbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buttons and most quail require higher amounts of protein than most chicks starters. I like at least 20% although I go higher.
     

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