Quail Food

Discussion in 'Quail' started by KikiLeigh02, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. KikiLeigh02

    KikiLeigh02 Free Ranging

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    I couldn't find 24% feed at either local farm store. Is there any reason I can't mix 18% Non-Medicated chick feed with 30% Gamebird? If I mix it 50/50 it should get me pretty close to 24%. Ok or no?
     
  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Don't lie. Don't cheat your way through life.

    Baby quail or already grown?
     
  3. KikiLeigh02

    KikiLeigh02 Free Ranging

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    I have some that are 3-4 weeks and some hatching now.
     
  4. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Don't lie. Don't cheat your way through life.

  5. KikiLeigh02

    KikiLeigh02 Free Ranging

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    Thank you!!!
     
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  6. Erkenstein

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    Up to 12 weeks 30% is really good for them and there's no reason to thin it out. They need the protein because they grow so fast.
     
  7. Derrin

    Derrin Chirping

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    Yeah I agree with Erkenstein. 30% till 12 weeks then thin it. Also ask your feed store if they can get you what you need ordered. Most feed stores will just add a couple bags to their next order for you.
     
  8. KikiLeigh02

    KikiLeigh02 Free Ranging

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    Thank you all! What percentage are you all feeding after 12 weeks?
     
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  9. Derrin

    Derrin Chirping

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    I still feel 26% but that is to keep the when production up.
     
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  10. Erkenstein

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    I get them onto a 21% feed eventually. I'd prefer higher protein but I'm working with a local feed miller who uses a non-GMO broiler mix and adds limestone for calcium. They've done fine with it.

    Some people use higher protein during the birds' entire lives. There may be more risk of kidney problems since the kidneys have to work harder, but the birds have pretty short lifespans so I haven't heard of any definite issues presenting.
     
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