Feed is it too much protein?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Quailraiser22, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Quailraiser22

    Quailraiser22 Out Of The Brooder

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    I feed my coturnix quail Purina Game bird startena 30% protein Is it too much protein?
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    No...30% will be fine. Generally quail need between 24% to 28% protein. But 30% will work as well with no complications.
     
  3. Quailraiser22

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    Alright thanks
     
  4. Niquolette

    Niquolette Out Of The Brooder

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    I've actually heard that 30% was too much. Was told that it kills their kidneys. I think if you are just raising them to eat then its ok (because they won't be alive long enough for their kidneys to get damaged) but if they are breeders, which are going to be alive for months/year(s), then its probably not a good idea. I would feed a little lower percent just to be on the safe side. They'll still get plenty of protein and grow well and healthy :)
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    The quail would have to be consuming 10% or more of the recommended amount of protein to be harmful to the kidneys. Hatcheries and private breeders around the world feed 30% starter feed to their quail of all ages, all throughout the lives of these birds with no issues. So 2% higher than the recommended 28% is will not harm them. :)
     
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