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Discussion in 'Quail' started by Danny_tb, Jun 25, 2019.
Would this be okay to raise my baby quails?
Should be ok if high enough protein . Its chick starter. What is the protein level? Game birds need hi pro feed as chicks.
What % protein is it? If it's for chickens chicks, I'm betting it's too low for quail. That brand makes game bird/show bird feed in 26% protein—that would be a better fit.
That's what I fed my first hatch, anyway.
Protein levels aren't the only concern, either - so are the methionine and L-lysine levels, which are almost invariably higher in real gamebird/turkey/duck food.
If it's your only choice you can probably make it work, but you'll need to supplement with something like black oil sunflower seeds as soon as they can eat them.
As far as I know, something higher in protein will be necessarily higher in amino acids. Protein is just an easier metric to judge a feed by.
Do not feed that to quail. That's medicated.
What’s a good feed?
You'll be looking for a game bird starter. Failing to find that, you'd look for a game bird feed. Failing that, turkey starter. Failing that, turkey feed. Failing all of the above. Non-medicated chick starter, If you are forced to go this route, you MUST supplement the protein or your flock will suffer from malnutrition. I MUST go this route, and I supplement with finely ground dry cat food (30% protein), I mix it 50/50 (by weight, not volume) with the chick starter (percentage of protein fluctuates month by month from 18% to 21%, same store, same feed, different protein... go figure). I also 'treat' with hard boiled eggs that I mash for them, shell and all. I 'treat' with mashed tomato, minced iceberg lettuce (I know, I know, but that's what is available here), mashed papaya, mashed mango, mashed banana, finely ground split peas, finely ground white rice. I am careful to not feed over 10% of their overall diet in 'treats', and since they only get treats once a week or less, I don't think they're in danger of malnutrition. On the list of things I treat them with, the only 'junk' food listed is the lettuce, but they love it so... and it is mostly water.