I bought game bird "starter" at our local feed store and now that I emptied the bag I am looking at the tag on the bottom and I think I got the wrong feed. I asked for "starter" yesterday when I got another bag of feed and that bag is the same thing. It says growth and plumage on the side but it is only 20% protein instead of the 30% protein in Startena, which is what I thought I was buying. Apparently I just raised Texas A&M Coturnix on a "breeder" feed for the first 6 weeks so now is when they need this feed but for the past 4 weeks they have not been getting the protein they need for optimal growth. We are only eating 6 males and keeping 10 (8 females and 2 males) for breeding so hopefully it is not critical with this first batch but I have another batch of 2 week old quail so I need to make sure I am feeding them correctly. I know our store only has 2 game bird feeds so I don't know if they gave me the wrong feed at load out both times or if this is what they are selling as starter and I need to find actual starter feed somewhere else. The other feed I think is the maintenance feed with only 12.5% protein. I am going to call and find out if I got what I ordered or if I got the wrong feed. I am going to look for the "Startena" feed with 30% protein and continue feeding this 20% growth and plumage that appears to be "Breeder Layena" to my six week old quail. Is there anything I should do for my older breeding group that was shorted on protein during their phase of rapid growth? If quail are being used as breeders rather than meat is the lower protein an issue or will I still be able to use them for breeding? I have plans to replace at least 4 females with spots on their bodies with white bodied females from this next group that is unrelated to the solid white rooster I am keeping from the first group (the second rooster may go with the 4 females or become meat) so it is basically 5 quail from this first group that I intend to breed if the lower protein is not a problem for breeders. I know some meat birds that grow too fast are not suitable for breeding and must be butchered but I don't know if this is true for quail too. If I find the Startena feed I can gradually mix it with the Breeder Layena since the feeding chart printed on the bag indicates that Startena is designed for 0-6 week old quail and the Breeder Layena feed is recommended for 4 weeks before and during laying. The Coturnix quail start laying at 6 to 8 weeks old so that would mean the Breeder Layena feed should be started when they are 2-4 weeks old. Once I am hatching my own quail eggs I want to be sure I am feeding the correct feed. I am guessing I should feed hatchlings the Startena until I can vent sex the males, then keep the male butcher quail on Startena while switching the females to the Breeder Layer for breeding. I got these two batches at two weeks old so I am not sure if they were on Startena or something else for their first two weeks but I can ask the two different hatchers I got them from (in to have unrelated quail for breeding) since I still have their contact information. I will eventually be keeping only my biggest and whitest females so I will cull more heavily once I get a breeding program going.