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can a baby coturnix eat the same food as a adult chicken

Discussion in 'Quail' started by pax12, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. pax12

    pax12 Songster 10 Years

    Feb 7, 2008
    can a baby coturnix eat the same food as a adult chicken
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    They can in a pinch. They really need game bird starter. They won't grow as big as they are supposed to if they don't get enough protein. Do you have any chick starter? That would be better than adult chicken food. What kind of food do you feed the chickens?
  3. Catfishingpokey

    Catfishingpokey Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Albany, Tx
    u need a 28 percent protien gamebird feed.if u cant get it use the highest protien u can find and if u need to break it up a bit in your food processer or blender. i have an old blender i use for the first few days just to make it a litte smaller and easier for them to eat.
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    I agree with Shelley, and if you absolutely cannot find game bird feed, buy a bag of kitten kibble (at walmart i buy the cheapest i can find personally) I grind it up with thier food, and give that to them daily (just about a half a handful of kitten kibble per daily feeding with their crumbles), and once a week I boil up an egg or two and chop it up for them to eat as well. I feed my quail game bird, but I still suppliment, and deffinatly if you can't feed game bird starter, you'll need to suppliment with a high protien source. [​IMG]
  5. therealsilkiechick

    therealsilkiechick ShowGirl Queen

    Jul 18, 2007
    Northwestern, pa
    they should be on gamebird feed i agree and ground up. if the extra protein is needed meal worms and soybean meal is another way to get it into them. in pinches i always used chick starter it is better and closest thing for them next to gamebird starter. protein is needed for their rapped growth in order for them to keep up.
  6. Epona142

    Epona142 Songster

    Apr 19, 2008
    Bedias, TX
    Can this feed be gotten at Tractor Supply? I've seen one that said Gamebird feed with a picture of a rooster on it, likely a game rooster I imagine. Is that it? Can the quail chicks eat that if they don't have gamebird starter?
  7. linebacker

    linebacker Songster

    Nov 6, 2007
    North West Tennessee
    Quote:If its the same as the one at the tractor supply here its only 17% protein.

  8. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    I buy my feed at Tractor Supply a Dumor brand, it's 20% protien for chicks (so i suppliment with other protien sources). It has a picture of a chicken chick and a duckling on it and lists that it's for game birds such as quails. The adult version has a hen and a duck on it.
  9. chickenma

    chickenma Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    TSC has a 24 % game bird feed from dumor.
    Purina mills has gamebird feed 28 % startena. I fed this to our Quail and I think Startena is the best way to go. They grow faster and are big and healthy. After 6 weeks we feed them layena and flockraiser. And they usualy start laying at 8 weeks.
    Good luck . Merry christmas and a Happy new Year [​IMG] [​IMG]
    We have tried Dumor and Startena and Startena wins.
  10. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    I'm confused. I feed my quail Nutrena gamebird feed which is high
    protein. I grind it up in the food processor for the chicks.

    I've fed them regular unmedicated chick starter (usually 21% protein)
    and had good results too.

    Quail eat A LOT for their size. They drink a lot too.

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