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Valley Quail, HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Littleducky, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Littleducky

    Littleducky In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2008
    La Center, Wa
    My valley quail are going to be hatching in the next couple of days, and I was wondering if the organic chick starter I have would be ok to feed them. It is around 20% protien and there is no medication in it. Will this be ok or should I get some kind of game bird feed???

    Also.......Do they need to have grit?

    This is my first time with Quail. What would be the best for them. Anything will help.

    Thanks. : )
  2. Littleducky

    Littleducky In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2008
    La Center, Wa
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    Sorry, I don't have any valley quail but was thinking about it. I know with the Cordex quail I have, they eat the chick starter w/o grit, because it is very small crumbles. Haven't had a problem, so I think the same would apply to other quail.[​IMG]
  4. Lophura

    Lophura Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    Holden, Missouri
    Quote:Seems a little late to be asking for help, I would suggest researching well before reaching this point when working with wild galliformes. Regardless, the protein content is a little low, but should suffice if you supplement with some chopped greens, small mealworms and chopped boiled egg. Grit is not needed at this age as the commercial crumbles are formulated for easy digestion. You may have to crush the larger crumbles though to smaller pieces and some Callipepla species may need to be enticed to eat.

    Good luck.

  5. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Crowing

    Mar 5, 2007
    if you can't find a gamebird starter, I use turkey grower mash. Been useing it for years without any problems.
  6. Ace_king_brahma

    Ace_king_brahma Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    Castroville, Texas
    20% works okay I've been raising my quail on it. Though Dumor's quail starter is 24% my quail have been doing fine and all grown into lovely birds. My own Valley quail are due to hatch in 5-6 days. These will be my first and I'm going to use my mortar and pistol to powder up their feed which I've done for my other quail.
  7. Littleducky

    Littleducky In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2008
    La Center, Wa
    Thanks for all the help.

    I was planning on feeding the chick starter for them but someone said that the protien was to low and I got worried.

    I got some game bird starter and crumbled it up. I now have 48 happy little quail.

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