coturnix feed

Discussion in 'Quail' started by ChickenChaps, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. ChickenChaps

    ChickenChaps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Malabar, FL
    I have 97 eggs in the bator due to hatch Mon-Wed next week. [​IMG] So excited!!

    Having trouble finding the right feed. The feed store I go to carries:
    Southern States
    Sporting Bird Starter (Avatec Medicated) 28%
    Sporting Bird Flight Developer (BMD Medicated) 22%
    chick starter, non-medicated, 21%

    Given them choices, what should I feed? I didnt check on turkey feeds they carry as I didnt realize that was an option.
    There is another feed store further away that carries Purina Mills products. I will stop there and see if they carry the Startena that everyone recommends.
    But, if not, which would be your choice?
    I do not want to feed medicated - I will be eating these birds and eating the eggs.

  2. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rock Hill,SC
    I do chick starter for my quail just like for chicken chicks. Never had a problem with that.Then I go to Grower/finisher,then layer.My quail eat the same as my chickens,guinea, silkies,and ducks.
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I would use the 28% medicated starter. It's the best for quail, especially since they grow so fast.

    Once they are about 6 weeks old you can switch them to the 21% non-medicated feed.
  4. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    I would go with the highest protein, non medicated game bird, or "Sporting Bird" formula. I'm not familiar with the southern states brand offerings! I'm also not going to stir the pot over medicated verses non-medicated. It's my opinion that anything with the common poultry medications are superfluous, and may be counter productive in most game bird species. Unless you are raising pheasants. I don't do pheasants! Just MHO!
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    I thought medicated feed can lead to sterility in quail?

    I would ask if I could special order some NON-MEDICATED starter.
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    It can if you feed it to them all the time but it's okay to use for a while. My buttons and coturnix get medicated feed most of the time and I haven't noticed any fertility problems.
  7. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2010
    my house in maryland
    Quote:i feed Southern States Sporting bird starter crumbles # 52362171 UNmedicated..28%.. ( not sure if you need the tag code but in case...Tag code:91019-G...)
    This is all i have ever fed my Coturnix from hatching on. I give my local S.S. a call a week in advance for it b/c i'm the only one who wants it but it's no problem for them to call in the order for me as needed.[​IMG]
  8. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Quote:Quail won't usually thrive on a lower protein feed like they do on a good GBS diet. To up the protein you can add soy meal...
  9. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    To be honest, Coturnix need 28% Gamebird starter for the first 6 weeks, why?

    Because that is when they grow and they usually finish growing 6-8 weeks.

    After 6 weeks, you can feed the quail lower protein, as long as it's unmedicated.
  10. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Yes, after 6 weeks you can lower protein if you want to.

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