My birds hate me!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by magikchick, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    They must they still don't lay. They are 18 weeks old I get an egg once in a while. I have 16 hens no eggs. I'm feeding 24% chick starter and give them cat food, yoguart, greens and fruit. I see mating going on so what gives? These are coturnix by the way.
     
  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

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    I would use game food for them and see about the change!
     
  3. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Songster

    #1 rule,,,A balanced game bird layer ration is the way to go, If Game birds get to fat or do not have the proper diet there production will be lost..

    ~Wilds~
     
  4. farrier!

    farrier! Songster

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    Quote:Who makes a game bird layer?
     
  5. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    farrier! :

    Quote:Who makes a game bird layer?

    I use gamebird starter for my adults they lay extremely well. I reccomend just finding any game bird (nonmedicated), turkey feed will even work.​
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    farrier! :

    Quote:Who makes a game bird layer?

    Purina makes a game bird layer, but I have to special-order it through my feed store.

    ETA: I feed mine a medicated game bird starter and it doesn't affect them. Is it possible they are eating the eggs?​
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2009
  7. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    I really don't think what food you use will make a difference. I use laying mash with mine and they still lay every day. Where do you have them? Check into if they get enough light every day. Mine are in a covered area but they still get plenty of light during the day. You may have to add a light to their pen on a timer.
    However, if they are mating they may be getting ready to lay anyway but they are very late.
     
  8. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    I found the gamebird starter feed at last. Will try that and see if it makes a difference.
     
  9. Plain_View_Farm

    Plain_View_Farm Songster

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    Purina makes a Game Bird Chow Game Bird Breeder Layena.
    That's what we feed our older Quail and we get LOTS of eggs...

    We use the Game Bird Startena for chicks until 7 or 8 weeks old when they begin laying then switch gradually over to Layena.
    http://www.purinamills.com/OurProducts.aspx?product=gamebird

    I imagine the higher protein Startena isn't bad for them but we get good results and figure the Layena has more shell strengthening ingredients in it. ~shrug~

    David
     
  10. CountryPantry

    CountryPantry Fat Matt's Poultry Farm

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    Feed does make a difference. Mine were laying great. Feed store ran out of gamebird feed, started feeding chick starter, eggs stopped. We started the gamebird feed back last week and I am getting lots of eggs again.

    Didn't mean to do a feed test, but guess I did by accident. The Purina Gamebird is great on my quail. I am buying an extra bag now just so that won't happen again. [​IMG]
     

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