Quail Feed

Discussion in 'Quail' started by phi3, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. phi3

    phi3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Guys, I'm about to invest in some Japanese Quails, However, It has been very difficult to find feed that has 25%+ protein that is recommended for quail.

    It is extremely difficult to get the feed required from where I live, however, I have found some feed enhancer that I am able to add to poultry feed.
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    I buy my feed from http://www.mirofeeds.co.nz/shoponline/Poultry-Aviary-Feed and normally get "Chook Chow" for my Pullets and Hens.

    I am wondering from which of the feeds available on that website is suitable for quail (+ the feed enhancer)

    Thanks.
     
  2. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty Premium Member

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    Personally I think the chick starter crumble would be the best cause of the high protein. You could hard-boil eggs and add them (mashed up) to the feed. Plus have a bowl of crushed oyster shell available for the females.

    Is there any place that sells turkey or gamebird starter around you? That would probably be the ideal feed.
     
  3. phi3

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    Hi there, Thanks for the reply.

    I just found game bird feed (http://www.chookmanor.co.nz/food), I'm not sure what the protein % is, But I can always contact them, I think it does look suitable though. Only downside is that I'll incur a large shipping fee since they're located in the south island.

    So it seems ideal to purchase the chick start crumble and feed enhancer since it's the more affordable option.
     
  4. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty Premium Member

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    Your welcome [​IMG].

    There is also a blog called "the holistic hen" and they make their own quail feed, might be some useful info there. They sprout grains for their quail (which increases the nutritional content I believe).
     
  5. Acarter994

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    I use chick starter! Everyone suggested the gamebird feed but the price is crazy, and one day at the feed store I decided to put the chick starter bag and gamebird bag next to each other and compare ingredients/analysis...pretty much the same thing!
     
  6. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check to see if you have a local milling company, it might be worth the drive. for me it's 30 min drive to the mill and at less then 1/2 the price of the Co-Op or TSC it's well worth the drive:

    Gamebird Grower 24% is $10.90 for 50# bag
    Gamebird Breeder 24% is $10.60 for 50# bag
    28% Super Biddy is $11.65 for 50# bag
     
  7. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Almost all turkey starters are acceptable as a complete diet for quail. Just make sure its not medicated.
     
  8. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    to each their own on the medicated, but Bacitracin Methylene is recommended for quail and turkey to prevent ulcerative enteritis
     
  9. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sure it is. For the first couple months. You cannot however consume any meat or eggs from a bird on medicated feed. There is also some evidence that feeding roosters medicated feed for long periods can lead to sterilty. If youll re read what i posted, i said complete diet, meaning it can be fed from birth to death, you cannot do that with medicated feeds safely.

    Dont assume by a single sentence that, my entire opinion on medicated feed was contained within.
     
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  10. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe if you'll reread what i posted you'll see i said Bacitracin Methylene. so can you please provide where you got your information on withholding and sterility associated with it?
     

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