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Discussion in 'Quail' started by DUCKGIRL89, Feb 24, 2012.
What should I feed a trio odlf bob white quails?
young birds and cold winters
Game Bird Startena
A 30%-protein ration designed to promote maximum early development for game birds from 1 to 6 weeks.
Rapid growth through strong bone and muscle development.
Suitable for all species of game birds.
Complete Feed - easy to use crumble feed form.
Game Bird Layena
A 20%-protein breeder diet formulated for fertility, egg production, and chick vigor. Feed from one month prior to start of egg production until birds is out of egg production.
Balanced levels of amino acids, energy vitamins and minerals keeps breeders in top condition for egg production and hatchability.
Calcium fortified for strong egg shells.
Complete feed - no mixing required.
I don't want to take over this thread but I have a similar question as Duckgirl. We hatched out 40+ Jumbo Browns and have been feeding Nutrena Game bird starter and the birds have been doing great. My problem now is that as our birds are starting to lay I need more of a breeder mix.
I agree there are a number of products made (including Purina referenced above) no one here locally seems to have it. I've tried 10+ stores in 4 neighboring towns. Even the store where I have been getting the Starter feed says I would have to purchase 500lb of Nutrena game breeder for him to order. My solution to the problem was to mix 1/2 game starter with 1/2 16% chicken layer feeds. While the birds seem to be eating it well and have done fine for the few days they have been on the new diet, I don't know if I may not be doing more harm than good. I'll mention that they also have crushed oyster shell available which they eat free choice.
Has anybody else tried this or have any better ideas.
tell the truth, before I found a store that sold purina gbs 30%, I was feeding them dumors show feed for chickens, its was a high protein ~26%, then I found frm gbs 28% and started mixing they did well and their feathers looked great. now I cant get the showbird feed. if I could I would mix it 50/50 with the gbs for the older birds.
I have also tried mixing in catfish fingerling grower crumbles 38% protein with a total different protein source (fish) once and have been thinking about that again if its cost effective.
so , all that said, its like the quick and easy is the purina gbs 30%, add in some crushed oyster shell, bird seed, cracked corn, anything else you want, if you want.
simple math tells us to give them just as much or more calories per day than they need, with a proper complement of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
throw in the egg laying and they can certainly turn over some nutrients, and then the more nutrient dense the feed is the less, they have to eat and produce waste?
I agree the egg laying is a different need than the meat bird growth stage, gathering some data from some egg laying chicken threads may help us here?