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Feed questions?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by devinthesaint, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. devinthesaint

    devinthesaint In the Brooder

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    I have 9 coturnix, about 5 weeks old, they were on starter until now and the feed guy told me i needed to use scratch now. I know that's not right from everything I've read. I am keeping them for eggs and pets, I don't plan to eat the little guys. Against my better judgement and being a trusting person, I bought the scratch and have been grinding it up for them for a couple of days. It might be hard to find game feed around here. Also, what about turkey feed, would I use grower or layer? Please help!!
     
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

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    They Need Gamebird Feed, Not Turkey, Not Chicken, Not Scratch (for Gods Sake Go Slap That Fool!) Now You Can Use Turkey Starter In A Pinch, But Its Not Quite Right(but Closest Of All Substitues) Personally Mine Eat Gamebird Starter From Hatch To Dispatch And Flourish On It... They Stay In Top Condition, Get To A Nice Healthy Weight And Maintain It Throughout Their Existance, And Lay Best On It Year Round. But You Can Cut Them Back And Place Them On A Standard Gamebird Layer Ration If You Choose--- The Purina Mills Web Site Has A Built In Dealer Locator Option To Help With Finding A Dealer In Your Area. There Are A Good Deal Of Quality Feeds Available Out There If Your Dealer Carries Another Brand....frm, Central States, Purina, Nutrena, Manna Pro All Make Gamebird Formulas Just To Name A Few..
     
  3. devinthesaint

    devinthesaint In the Brooder

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    Thank you!!!...Been quite helpful and confirmed many suspicions, thanks again!!![​IMG]
     
  4. Orpygal

    Orpygal Songster

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    Purina is pretty generous w/coupons too if you sign up on the website. I just got an $8 one this week.
     
  5. Quote:They do need gamebird feed. We feed chick starter if we runout before we get to the feedstore as the protien is pretty high, but I like to have at least 24% for them. They are little piggies too.
     
  6. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    I feed my buttons Game Bird Crumbles Parakeet grit and Parakeet food every now and then as a treat oh and hard boiled eggs.
     
  7. Robo

    Robo Songster

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    I feed mine chick starter, and I get double yolk eggs.
     
  8. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:Chick Starter is okay - but if you have access to Game Bird crumbles then you should give them that because it has more protein. Your local TSC or Gebo's or feed store might have some - you just have to ask. [​IMG]
     
  9. devinthesaint

    devinthesaint In the Brooder

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    pictures of my recently built coop...thanks for all the advice..I'll have some ammo when I go to the feed store tomorrow...also should I stay away from feed antibiotics?



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  10. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    My feed store only sells game bird starter with bacitracin, it is formulated especially for quail (enteritis). I was unable to find anything unmedicated within a 2 hour drive and had no choice. Mine have done well and lay lots of eggs with good fertility and no problems.
     

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