Feeding quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by mrsengeseth, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. mrsengeseth

    mrsengeseth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Where do you get gamebird feed? Do you buy a specific brand? Suppliment with anything? Do you use a starter with them as you would with chicken chicks? What do yours eat?
     
  2. Lophura

    Lophura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Have you checked with your local mill or feed store? There are a variety of brands available - from the big boys (Purina-Mazuri) to a local milled product. From gbwf.org: "Once offered a brand, you will need to check the protein level of the ration as it varies at the different stages of life. For an example, we will use the Mazuri line as a guide. Newly hatched chicks to 6 weeks of age are offered a Starter blend that is 30% protein; the grower is offered to birds 6 weeks to adults and is 19% protein; breeder diet is 20% and is offered a month before and through the breeding/laying season; the maintenance diet is provided to non breeding adult birds, protein is 12%."

    I always supplement with what my aviary birds are eating as well - or should I say the quail help themselves!! Also had natural grains, greens, and various fruits & veggies. They are also fond of crickets and mealworms.

    Dan
     
  3. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    I feed 20% feed all the way through their life. I might try switching to 16% layer but I like the 20% overall. And the 20% is just a regular chick starter feed. And I get all my feed from Tractor Supply!
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  4. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    i think any kind of feeds works.. i have used chick starter to normal adult chicken feed and game feed doesn't seem to matter ..lol

    i do though add things to it like bird seed and grind up some cuttle bone once a week for them and give them some greens

    and i just started giving them cat food once a week they love it [​IMG]
     
  5. mrsengeseth

    mrsengeseth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:This is gonna sound dumb, so excuse my ignorance...cat food...dry or wet??
     
  6. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    Quote:This is gonna sound dumb, so excuse my ignorance...cat food...dry or wet??

    lol it's ok.. it's dry cat food you grind it up into pieces for them [​IMG]
     

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