Quail feed

Discussion in 'Quail' started by xcalibor67, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. xcalibor67

    xcalibor67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems around me, no one carries game bird feed, and ordering online is extremely high due to shipping rates.. I have read where some people use Un-Medicated chick starter 24% protein, and or mix Catfish floating pellets ground up, 32% protein. Would the fish food protein be ok for Quail?, as im sure its a fish based protein to begin with. Also, what do you suggest feeding the laying hens for good output? Thanks.
     
  2. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    24% protein should be okay for quail. Many use 28-30% but studies show that the quail actually don't really benefit from going above 24%. I believe I've read a study that found a reduced egg weight if they were fed less than 24% protein, but others have recently posted studies that showed that something around 23% was enough for chicks and 21-22% or something like that was the optimum for laying coturnix quail.
    So if I were you I'd just feed the unmedicated chick starter as it is - and for laying quail offer them a separate dish of ground oyster shell for calcium.
     

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