quail food, quails and chicks

Discussion in 'Quail' started by muddipuppy, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. muddipuppy

    muddipuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can i feed baby quail ground up medicated chick feed? can i raise them with baby chicks?
     
  2. muddipuppy

    muddipuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they are button quail.
     
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I don't know about the medicated. I feed all mine regular chick feed for about 3 weeks, then Purina Flock Raiser from their on out
     
  4. They need to be fed unmedicated chick starter or non medicated gamefowl or turkey starter.

    needs to be ground up in kitchen blender for the first week , to like a cornmeal consistancy.
     
  5. fitzy

    fitzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the guy that does my hatching will put them together for the first week or two in the same brooder, but after that he seperates them.
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    They need to be fed unmedicated chick starter or non medicated gamefowl or turkey starter.

    I really wish people would stop saying this. Whether to feed medicated or not is purely a matter of choice. I feed some of mine medicated feed and some non-medicated, and haven't seen any differences in either group.

    The easiest way I have found to feed baby quail is to make a mash. If you put the feed into a blender, chances are you'll have some big pieces and some powder....either one is still not going to work.

    Keep a bowl of moistened feed in the refridgerator. This way it won't spoil. Whenever you need some, stir it around and mash it up with a fork, every time you get some out. If you have a big enough supply in the fridge, eventually it will dry out, which is perfectly fine. The moistened feed will also cut down on feed waste, if it is somewhat damp, they can't scratch it around.

    The #1 thing to worry about (other than the size of the feed) is the protein content. Chick starter is fine, but if it is less than 20-24% protein you'll need to supplement with ground-up cat food, boiled egg yolks, or some other method of increasing the protein. Don't feed anything but their normal food (except for cat food or egg yolks) for at least the first 2 weeks.

    I've read on here that meal worms are a good supplement for protein, but then I've read online elsewhere that mealworms have a very low protein content, so I would say just to use them as treats, if at all.

    I wouldn't keep baby button quail with chicken chicks, simply for the size factor. Even the smallest bantam chick is going to be at least 2-3 times bigger than a button quail chick. Quail chicks also require a higher temperature in the brooder, which could harm your chicken chicks. [​IMG]
     
  7. Ironsun

    Ironsun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    I've never fed my chicks an unmedicated food, simply because you can only get it in an Organic meal, which is twice as much as medicated.

    In all the years I've kept and bred quail I've never had any problems with it.

    As quail keeping has become more popular over here in the Uk, feed mills are now coming out with quail pellets, I've not tried them yet as they are difficult to get hold of in my part of the country. But people I have talked to have said they have not noticed any difference with them.

    It all comes down to personal choice as Shelleyd has said and avaiability in your area.

    Ironsun.
     

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