question on feeding quail chicks.....

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Fungus, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Fungus

    Fungus Out Of The Brooder

    17
    0
    22
    Mar 16, 2009
    I've been grinding up their food in an antique grain mill since they were born 16 days ago or so...how long before I can stop grinding their food and let them eat the food as it comes ?

    I've been slowly loosening the burrs on the grinder so it is less fine of a grind each few days, but was just curious when it is safe to let them eat it as it somes in the bag.....Thanks in advance for all coments and suggestions.....
     
  2. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    We only grind for the first week at most, depends on the bag. some are ground finer than others.

    Steve in NC
     
  3. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    8,672
    67
    301
    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    sometimes (depending on my laziness or business) i wont even grind up for the chicks the first day even. I've never had a problem not grinding it up. Now, when I do grind it up they seem to eat more which is a good thiing ofcourse... so it's good to grind atleast the first day or two if ya can. [​IMG]
     
  4. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    AR
    I did it for the first week. I smashed it in a ziploc bag.
     
  5. linebacker

    linebacker Chillin' With My Peeps

    163
    0
    129
    Nov 6, 2007
    North West Tennessee
    What are you feeding them? I don't have to grind at all because I feed a game bird starter crumble. So depending on what you are feeding my answer could lead you astray.

    Brad
     
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    4,654
    27
    251
    Jun 15, 2008
    Put out a dish of not ground up feed and see if they eat it. No harm will come to them if it's too big. They just won't swallow it and only pick out the smaller pieces. I didn't grind up food for the coturnix chicks. Only the button chicks.
     
  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I feed all of my birds (chicken & quail) Purina Flock Raiser. It's rather small pellets, smaller than their layer feed. I only grind it for the first couple of weeks. They tend to pick at the piece until they are small enough to eat. I have very little wasted feed.
     
  8. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    5,517
    36
    278
    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    I use Dumor chick starter, and I don't grind it at all, not even for just born button quail chicks. The only thing that I "modify" is anything that I feed as extras. I have been starting to use confused flour beetles instead of mealworms, until they're big enough to handle mealies without me having to dig out the tiny ones. The catfood I actually soak to feed. I'm just not going to waste an hour a day trying to grind up enough feed for them, since my grinder is basically more like a chopper, lol. But, they all do really well like this, so I'm not about to change it and create more work for myself for no reason.
     
  9. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:I swiped my husbands coffee grinder, lol
     
  10. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    I got a coffee grinder. I feed Dumor chick starter and grind for the first week. Man these things feed like piranha, when you put the food down get you hand out of the way.[​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by