How long will 55lbs feed last?

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

  1. Papaya

    Papaya New Egg

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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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