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How much do they eat?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by ashannon, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. ashannon

    ashannon Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm trying to gauge the costs of raising bobwhite quail. Does someone have some good numbers I can go off of? I'm wondering how much each adult quail eats per month? or per week?

    Thanks!
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    There are folks on here that do measure out exactly what their quail eat. I don't. But it is not much. A growing Bobwhite will definitely eat more than an adult quail. But I would guess for one adult Bob at maybe 1 or 2 tablespoons full a day, plus the one CUP they spill in the process of eating these few tablespoons. LOL

    I really have no idea here. But as mentioned above, I clean up more waste than what they do eat, that is for sure! An endless battle. [​IMG]
     
  3. Jimsbirdhouse

    Jimsbirdhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wasted Feed!!!!!!! WHATS THAT
     
  4. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

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    I have 12 bobwhites in a pen, they are full grown. I feed purina game bird starter.
    I have a 12" metal feeder and fill it once per day. using 2/3 of a 32 oz cup, but that is volume. I can weigh the feed this afternoon before feeding them.

    They eat and drink far less than a japanese quail, imho.

    I have seen Jims feeders and they pay for themselves.
     
  5. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

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    I do know, my japanese quail avg. me about .04 cents per day per bird to feed with a 50# bag of gamebird feed costing me $19
     
  6. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much I really don't know .Jumbo Browns after first week are some BIG EATERS.But they have to to grow so fast.But they waste a lot.Got a few feeders from jimsbirdhouse and that pobably cut waste by 50% (just eyeballing it)...cva34

    As someone said before "there eating /pooping machines"
     
  7. MobyQuail

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    I weighed the food before filling the feeder for my bobwhites.
    I give them 12 oz food per day, game bird starter, there are 12 birds.
    1 oz. food per bird per day in my pen.
    there are 800 oz in a 50# bag of feed, at 19$ a bag, each oz of feed costs me about 2 cents


    and thats my 2 cents.
     
  8. MobyQuail

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    my jumbo brown coturnix eat double that. cost me 4 cents per day to feed each one.

    I know with my cots, each bird costs me roughly $1.40 to raise to butcher, my feed cost for processed homegrown quail meat is $4/lb
     

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