is this feed ok to feed my quails?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by firefowl, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. firefowl

    firefowl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2013
    Temperate Australia
    I've got 4 female coturnix and two males (I think), and I've noticed a drop in egg production since I got them from up to 3 eggs everyday to only one every few days. I read that they give around 300 eggs a year, which means that on most days there should be an egg. But I only get 1 egg from 4 hens every few days, so there must be a problem.

    I'm wondering if it has something to do with the feed i'm giving them. I feed them the same stuff I give my pullets:

    I feed them about 1 cup of this mash twice a day, is it ok to give my quail? They have free access to grass, grit and water. They also receive organic veggie scraps. One of the females has a large lump on top of her beak. All the females have feathers missing from mating damage.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2014
  2. owlett5

    owlett5 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 15, 2007
    Turner, Maine
    How much light are your quail getting per day? For quail to lay consistently they need at least 14 hours of light. Also, that chicken feed is a bit low in protein. Most people suggest gamebird food which is over 20%
  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Continual sexual advances from the males is very stressful for the females. Stress causes laying to decrease.
  4. Ironsun10

    Ironsun10 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 8, 2013
    Cumbria UK

    It looks to me your feeding your birds on the wrong food. This is a starter food for young birds, not laying birds.

    Change your food for a layer meal, and this will probably solve the problem.

  5. USAmma

    USAmma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    You need at least 24% protein. I give mine this one, plus a calcium supplement. I have 16 hens and get about 15-18 eggs per day (yes some lay 2 a day!). I have them on an artificial light from 5-8 PM and they get natural sunlight otherwise.

    The Purina food is a lot less costly than the one you are feeding your quail, so another advantage there, too.
  6. firefowl

    firefowl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2013
    Temperate Australia
    Thats no problem, peak of summer here they get heaps of natural light from (6AM till about 9PM). I'd use gamebird food if I could find an organic one but there aren't any, so perhaps just some extra proteins might to the trick?

    Yeah good point. I culled one of my males so now I should have only 1 male and 4 females. But after this I saw a supposed hen climbing on the back of another one and doing the mating thing. So I really don't know how many I have. I have gotten 3 eggs in a day several times so I definitely have at least 3 females and I confirmed one male by the vent secretion, none of the others did it though.

    Problem is I'm raising my fowl organically and I couldn't find any organic game feed. If protein is the only difference then all I need to is give them extra protein in theory.

    Thanks but costs not a factor as much as being chemical, hormone, antibiotic, etc free
  7. quailswiss

    quailswiss Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 29, 2013
    If you want to add protein, you could give your quail cooked egg, or red wrigglers (compost worms). Quail love all sorts of insects, earwigs, ants, small slugs, pupae...

    With compost worms, make sure to feed them only kitchen scraps, don't get them from your composted quail/chicken bedding. One forum member commented on the possibility that worms do not digest some bacteria, just pass them trough whole, and I have had some cases of runny droppings after feeding worms from the bedding pile. Sorted out now through vinegar in drinking water and feeding of Joghurt or Kefir, which they love.

    My quail have learned how to "dig" for worms so I now simply put a tangerine box of wormy compost in, and they hunt them. I help a little by stirring up the compost when they tread it down too much.

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