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

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    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..

  4. farrier!

    farrier! Songster

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    Quote:Who makes a game bird layer?
  5. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    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

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    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

    Apr 5, 2008
    Central Virginia
    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.

    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~

  10. CountryPantry

    CountryPantry Fat Matt's Poultry Farm

    Feb 23, 2009
    Hayesville, NC
    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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