Switching from Starter to Breeder?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by CORNISH_MAN, May 21, 2010.

  1. CORNISH_MAN

    CORNISH_MAN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Jumbo Brown Coturnix and was wonder when should I switch from the starter to a breeder feed? Thanks
     
  2. Colonel77

    Colonel77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I switch mine as soon as I see the first egg.
     
  3. CORNISH_MAN

    CORNISH_MAN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats for your help COLONEL. I cant believe I only got one response to this thread. I guess all these quail people on here dont feed there birds starter or breeder feed.
     
  4. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have jumbo browns that are 9 weeks old they are getting ready to go to freezer camp they are still eating starter half of my bobs are eating layer half are eating starter I do not see any difference in the egg shells I was worried about not enough calcium. the few coturnix hens I have 1/2 are eating starter 1/2 are eating layer I do not see any difference ,the half that are eating layer the 5th week I put layer in the bottom of the feeders and topped it off with starter by the 6th week they were on all layer
     
  5. CORNISH_MAN

    CORNISH_MAN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks alot for your help. I have looked everywhere and I cant find when exactly you are suppose to switch so I thought Id ask here and see at what age everyone does switch. Thanks again
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Personally, I wouldn't change them over to a different feed until they stop laying for the season. Starter feed has much higher protein, mine always lay better with it. In the winter mine get 20% flock raiser, and then they get the 28% gamebird starter once they all start laying for the season [​IMG] Just give them oyster shells in a seperate dish, the starter is the best IMO
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Why Change At All? All Of My Quail--- Bobs/ Coturnix/ Valleys Get Starter From Hatcher To The Grave And Flourish On It. They Lay Better On Starter, They Acheive A Larger Overall Body Size On Starter, And The Cost Difference (at Least Here) Is A 41 Cent A Bag Difference.
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:I feed mine flock raiser in the off-season because it is $2.25 a bag cheaper. The coturnix buy their own feed during the laying season, but in the winter, I've got to save money somewhere [​IMG]
     
  9. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you know I think the reason mine start laying at 5 1/2 -6 weeks is because of the starter. i just had 2 hens from my 2nd hatch start laying yesterday both are 5 weeks 2-3 days old
     
  10. rhymn001

    rhymn001 New Egg

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    I use turkey starter for the first 4 weeks (ground up in a coffee grinder for babies) and have oyster shell available at all times. After the first month I put them on non-medicated turkey grower and keep the oyster shell available to them.
     

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