Quail feed

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

  1. xcalibor67

    xcalibor67 Chirping

    Apr 28, 2017
    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 Songster

    Apr 20, 2015
    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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