- Feb 23, 2014
Hi, I am planning on having some a&m chicks next month. I have read that is best to start the chicks on a 30% protein feed. All I can find in my area is mannapro gamebird and show bird feed at 24% protein, has anyone used this feed? Do you think the mannapro will be sufficient for my new chicks?
I've only really noticed stunted growth when I bought a bag of KING chicken starter and raised them on that, not realizing it wasn't pheasant crumble. KING bags aren't labeled at all aside from the toe tag so I just grabbed it from the normal spot. Around the third week I started thinking something was fishy with the dinky chicks I had going so I checked only to find I grabbed a chicken starter.X2 on DC has said about the protein percentages.
BUT!!!! I have raises babies on this low of protein, not being able to get anything higher and they do grow normally. At least nothing I could see with growth problems.
So while 28% is the best for growing baby quail, 24% will not kill them and as long as you are not raising them for show, breeding or meat birds, you will be ok.
So you are the guy that is buying up all the quail feed at the store everytime I go there its outThanks Don - I was about to ask where you buy your feed from. My (chicken) feed store has been Sam's DownTown on San Carlos St., but they didn't seem to know much about quail. They do have turkey starter but they told me I didn't need it. Tomorrow I'll go back for some 28-30% or I'll go to De Anza.