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How long will 55lbs feed last?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Papaya, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. Papaya

    Papaya Hatching

    Nov 22, 2012
    Hi folks, I would like to raise 6 coturnix quials as pets and egg production in the city. Since I live in the city, I have to order the proper feed. The closest source sells 55lbs of 25% turkey starter for $20 but shipping is $30 so total is over $50, quite expensive! So, I would like to know how long will this 55lbs of feed last 6 egg laying coturnix hens? Thanks in advance.

  2. chrishel

    chrishel Songster

    Jun 28, 2011
    The Windy City
    It depends what kind of feeder you have and how messy the birds are. I have 8 to a pen and one pen will go through 5 lbs of feed in about 2 weeks (they are very neat about eating). The other three pens will empty their dispenser in 3 days. Most of the food is wasted there.

    When I kept 3 hens inside as pets inside, I would go through a 50 lbs in about 6 months.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    55 pounds is going to last a very long time. Probably too long. Processed feed has no preservatives in it and it will spoil, especially in hot weather. The manufacturers recommend feed be consumed with in 2 to 3 months from the date of manufacture. However, if it is refrigerated or frozen or even kept outside during the winter, you might get 6 months out of it. There are oils in the feed that can go rancid. So be careful with 6 month old feed.

    Oh and welcome to the quail forums!
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2012

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