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Store bought feed ?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Strummer, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. Strummer

    Strummer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's is the best store bought feed for quail ? I have a&m's
     
  2. eHuman

    eHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am able to get "Purina game bird growth and plumage" (from Tractor Supply Company) which is their starter formula. It has 30% protein and I use it for all my birds from day one to culling. I grind it up for the 1st 7 to 10 days.
     
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  3. pkhunter

    pkhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use Bryant 28% game bird krumbles. I think it is only sold here in Texas. It cost about half of what Purina does if you can find it.
     
  4. eHuman

    eHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Purina (starter) 30% is $18 per 50# bag at Tractor Supply Company in Arizona. How much do you pay for Bryant?
     
  5. pkhunter

    pkhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The last time I paid $10.80 per 50# bag (28%) but have paid as high as $14. Purina here is $21 per 50#

    My TSC doesn't carry purina they have Dumor but im not sure of the price.
     
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  6. Flamingosstock

    Flamingosstock Just Hatched

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    Great question. Have been searching the site to see what everyone else is doing with the high cost of 30% protein.

    My first hatch I had problems finding feed. I purchased a small bag of a Dumor brand chick starter with 24% protein. they seemed to be hungry all the time. Around 3 or 4 weeks found 30% game bird by MannaPro.. Only the 50# bag has 30% protein.

    Birds seemed to be less hungry.

    Second hatch what a deference with the 30% protein. seemed to grow and fill out a little faster.

    But the catch MannaPro 50# 30% protein is $26.89 a bag...in Florida at local feed store.(across Town for us) Was purchasing every three weeks.

    Our Tractor Supply does not carry the Purina starter... [​IMG]

    Did more research. Found Nature wise Meat bird 22% crumble. $14.95 for a 40# bag.

    Just put all birds mature and 4 week old's on this feed. will see.

    Have a new hatch coming up and will see how they do on the 22% meat bird feed.

    Besides the difference in protein here are the others.

    MannaPro Nature Wise


    Lysine
    1.50%
    Lysine
    1.00%
    Methionne
    0.40%
    Methionne
    0.37%
    Crude Fat
    4.00%
    Crude Fat
    2.5%
    Crude fiber
    5.50%
    Crude Fiber
    6.0%
    Phosphorus
    1.00%
    Phosphorus

    0.60%

    Beside the protein I wonder about the Crude Fat... any suggestions on how to supplement that? Would ground up eggs be enough and if so how often would you give it to them. [​IMG]

    Thank you.
     
  7. Strummer

    Strummer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So they do need the hi protein feed ? I'm feeding the 30% purina now
     
  8. pkhunter

    pkhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much you paying for the purina in Edna?
     
  9. Flamingosstock

    Flamingosstock Just Hatched

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    If you can get the Purina at a decent price I would keep them on it. I forgot to mention 1st hatch were purchased eggs (local not shipped). The second batch were mine. So that could be factored in with my observation.

    I just sent in a request for the Purina for our local Tractor supply. Keep others posted on the results.
     
  10. Strummer

    Strummer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I'm paying 15 bucks a bag maybe 16 . I also feed it to my peacocks .
     

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